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Real Homeschool: Letting Go of the Pinterest-Perfect and Instagram-Ideal Homeschool is FREE for Kindle February 22-23 

Karen lovingly reminds us to take a breather and take care of ourselves and others. Life is not a race not any other competition. We need to educate our children with the primary focus being on God. Look up and enjoy God’s blessings!

This book encourages us to look to the Lord first for guidance in our schools and lives, before going to the Internet for the answers we seek to “Pinterest-Proof” our lives. How refreshing a view is this! The author encourages us to be real with one another and come alongside to walk the road together, accepting the imperfection we see in ourselves and in others. This is an excellent resource for homeschoolers who want to live the “perfect” life that only the Lord can create for them

This book is not really about social media per se, but more about our hearts in a world that continues to push us to be more like it. Everywhere we turn, social media is screaming at us and showing us pictures of what we should be. Slowly, gradually, we start following the world and trying to bring God with us, rather than letting God lead us and then bringing the world with us!

There are the desires that creep in and take my focus off of my true purpose in homeschooling. You know what I mean— when the focus becomes all about finding the best curriculum or filling up the schedule with the most extracurricular activities? Or how about decorating the perfect homeschool room? Or the hours spent online searching what others are doing, while neglecting your own time with the Lord? These are all things that have become an issue with me, and I am sure with others, especially as social media grows.

I have often thought about those early homeschoolers who had no Internet or fancy curriculum but truly sought the Lord in their decision to homeschool. I admire them so much! They weren’t busy showing off their schoolrooms or their kids on Instagram; they were deep in the nitty-gritty of daily homeschool life when homeschooling wasn’t even mainstream. They weren’t spending hours on Pinterest, but probably hours in the Word.

This book will challenge us to get back to the basics and fully rely on God. Pinterest and Instagram and all the other media out there are certainly not bad in and of themselves, but we do need to be aware of our hearts when using them. We must not let those things rule our standards. Only God should rule us.

Will you join me as we get back to the basics? Will you join me as we endeavor to be real with each other because we need each other? Will you join me as we focus on what God wants for our homeschools and not what the world says is success?
Will you join me as we pursue Real Homeschool? Not a picture-perfect homeschool, but a real homeschool –where the rubber meets the road and it sometimes gets messy –and we work together through those messes…

And then it gets beautiful…oh, so beautiful…because God is right there with us. He is working through our families on this real homeschooling journey.

God has called us to this beautiful journey…and the perfect picture is the one where He is leading every step, guiding us, and our eyes are fixed solely on Him.

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New Homeschooler’s Guide to Simple Homeschool •Podcast Ep 39

Today I am talking about two of my favorite things- homeschooling and keeping it simple! Even though I am addressing new homeschoolers, these are things ALL homeschoolers need to be reminded of and can benefit from!

In a world that is constantly trying to distract us, it so important, especially as new homeschoolers, to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus so we know when to weed out the things that aren’t truly important.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, as a new homeschooler or seasoned homeschooler, join me as I address curriculum, schedules, real life learning, and avoiding the comparison trap. I am discussing how to set a solid foundation from the beginning to make teaching easier down the road. Mostly, I hope to remind all homeschoolers to seek God first in all they do!

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Full Circle- How Beautiful The Feet of Those Who Bring Good News

I wanted to share a little story today about an experience I had recently that was so unbelievable, yet all God!

Recently, I was invited to speak at a local Christian writers meeting. It was all about social media and using it to build community, etc. The week leading up to it, I was struggling with some things- why on earth was I speaking at the meeting…I’m not an expert, just a girl following Jesus, even if that means in social media. I also was making travel plans for my upcoming speaking engagements and feeling anxious. As always, I continued to seek the Lord and ask if it is worth it to keep going with my ministries and if this is really where He wants me.

SO, the night before the writers meeting, I read a devotion and the verses were from Isaiah and Romans…“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news…” (I am paraphrasing.) And it was like a hug from God because you see, when I originally started blogging in 2008, it was solely a hobby and an online journal about our homeschool journey and in turn, it shared Jesus. The name of the blog was “Beautiful Feet Bring Good News” and it was based on those EXACT verses!

I felt like when God brought those verses to me this week, He was reminding me where I began and to keep focused on the mission. And even if it is hard and not always comfortable, I was reminded as it says in those verses…“How will they know if someone does not tell them?” I felt encouraged that I need to be a light within this world and He has given me the avenue to do it through speaking and writing.

Anyway, at the meeting, before they introduced me, a gal led a devotional that she had written. I almost had to PICK MYSELF UP OFF THE FLOOR- I nearly fell over when she used those exact verses and proceeded to say…literally..the exact thoughts I had the night before when reading the devotion. She spoke about how we need to be a light in the dark world and share our good news….all of it. She spoke what I had “conversed” with God the night before.

I was SHAKING when I explained to the ladies what had happened. The woman who led the devotion told me she had a completely different one planned for two months, but then God changed it on her the last few days before and gave her those verses and thoughts.

Only God.

It was the most real and unreal feeling at the same time. All along I KNEW GOD was right there. So real. But it was so incredibly amazing that it almost felt… unreal!!!

Yes, only God!!!

Be encouraged today. It blows my mind that God doesn’t have to confirm He is working and He is there. Yet, He does. This whole experience was the ultimate confirmation from Him to keep going and to also remind me of the “why” I am doing what I do. Yet, He doesn’t have to do that. I should have faith without the extra confirmation, but because He is so gracious, sometimes He gives us those moments when we clearly know He is working and He is there.

Praise Him.

So I will continue to press on, embrace adventures, and go wherever He leads…He has given me a voice, and I will use it for His glory.

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