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Externals Vs. Eternals

I just returned from speaking at the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Arkansas this weekend and it was a blessed time! I cherish these trips and the opportunities to speak to so many families that are investing in their families by homeschooling their children.

As I  spoke to families of all walks on their journey, one thing became so clear. Everyone wants to do the best job they can. Everyone wants that perfect curriculum or setup. Everyone wants to succeed. And that is a good thing!

And as I walked the vendor halls with so many amazing resources and so many different choices, I was however struck how we need to be so very careful to not measure our success in those externals. It is all about the eternals.

I truly believe the most important book you can teach in your homeschool is the Bible. Without it, everything else is for naught. You children’s core should be shaped by God’s truths.

So while curriculum and resources and all that stuff are important, do not let it take place of the truly important.

The Bible teaches your children who God is, who they are in Christ, godly wisdom, moral laws, and more. It will shape them with God as their center. It is without a doubt, the most important book in your homeschool.

I have seen the Bible and God transform my life. I know without a doubt that my life is built upon the truths found in that book…which is more than a book…it is living Truth.

I must pass that down to the next generation. They must be equipped in this world that is so upside down, with the absolute truths of God’s Word. There really is no better way to equip them for life, than to follow God.

Once they are following Him and His truths, they will be ready for all that comes their way in life.

Academics are important, but life isn’t live based on them alone. And I believe when we are following God, they will naturally fall into place because we will want to do well, work hard, and be a good steward of our learning.

God alone is what we live for. And when we forget that and start to live for the temporary things of this world, we will struggle to keep our focus.

So remember, above anything you can do, teach your child who God is, and teach from His Word. You can’t go wrong.

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All the Things I Worried About Never Came True

As we near the end of this homeschooling journey for my oldest (don’t worry I still have three more kids to go and many more years of homeschooling!) I can’t help but think about all of the worries I had early on. There were so many things that kept me awake at night…that almost stopped me from even starting this journey.

But God.

 Thankfully, He led me to press on and here we are. 

Yet, I wanted to address the major concerns I had, and to show you how they never really were an issue…because I know many of you out there may be in just the place I was 13 years ago…a scared mom feeling the calling to take this step but unsure of where it would lead.

And really…you will never know the outcome in the beginning. In fact, you aren’t supposed to. It is a journey that has to unfold as you go, and you need to trust God.

However, some of the most common fears I had, I can only imagine you might have as well…
  • Socialization. I know, even typing that makes me cringe because we all know it is NOT even an issue…yet, there are still many who think it is. Bottom line after 13 years…my kids are beyond well socialized. And the kind of socialization that I would want for them. They are friends with all age groups (and not peer-dependent) and not just those their age/grade. They have relationships with little ones all the way up to adults. In fact, I have realized that the kind of socialization that takes place in a school setting isn’t really ideal, but the kind that has taken place because we homeschool is actually more fitting for “real life.”
  • What will people think? This one for me was big, but I realize for many, it is a non-issue. But truly, my own stinkin’ pride got in the way early on. I didn’t want to be questioned about my decision or feel the need to “defend” it. Over the years though, I really do not rely on what people think, only what God thinks. I am answering to Him and not to man. But, truly, I  have also found that most people do not think I am crazy or weird, but are intrigued and generally interested in homeschooling (and if they do think it is weird, so be it! 😉 )
  • Am I really capable to teach my children? Yes and no. I say that because am I really capable of anything in life? Not on my own, but with God of course. If He calls you to something, He will equip you. And NO you do not need a college degree or teaching certificate to teach your own children. The myriad of curriculum choices available these days and the world we live in where anyone can learn anything with all of the information available to us has changed that thinking. I want my children to ultimately become independent learners anyway. Our world has changed in that if you are able to research, you can learn anything. So absolutely, we are all able to teach our children and to teach them to teach themselves.
  • Will I teach them enough? What is enough really? K-12 and then learning stops? Nope. I have taught them as much as I could as best as I could, knowing there will always be gaps. We never stop learning on this earth and the gaps will only ever be filled in heaven.

So, these are some of the bigger things that kept me awake at night early on. How about you? I would love to hear what worried you and if you still worry or how God has relieved those worries. Share in the comments below!

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Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool

Real Homeschool: Letting Go of the Pinterest-Perfect and Instagram- Ideal Homeschool

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Bible-Based Resources: Children’s Worship Bulletins Review

*I was compensated for this post in exchange for an honest review

A Bible-Based Resource for Your Family

As we prepare for our new school year, I am always on the hunt for Bible-based resources. I am thrilled today to share with you from Children’s Worship Bulletins. These Bible-based activities are perfect to incorporate into your Christian homeschool curriculum, and I think they will be especially helpful if you have little ones to keep busy while older ones work.

When Children’s Worship Bulletins contacted me to do this review, I was thrilled because we have already used these in my church for years and years. My kids grew up using these every Sunday! And I think they would be a HUGE asset to your homeschooling family, or simply to any family looking for some great Bible-based resources. I had no idea you were able to have access to this huge resource t home!

Children’s Worship Bulletins offers you unlimited access to the largest online library of activity sheets, built around passages from every book of the Bible — from both Old and New Testaments!

Simply go online, find the Scripture you need and download it in seconds.

Christian Homeschool Bible Based Activities Features and Benefits:

  • Over 1,500 bulletins to choose from.
  • Biblically based and educationally sound.
  • Search the library by Scripture, Topic or Lectionary reading.
  • Available in two age groups (ages 3-6 and ages 7+).
  • The teaching is clear, simple, and faithful to the Scriptures.
  • Weekly emails with our suggested bulletins arrive each Monday.
  • Age-appropriate activities with answer keys.
  • Simple and easy to use.
  • Protected by our money-back guarantee.

Children’s Worship Bulletins provides additional material to complete or enhance your lessons.

These sheets are perfect to help children memorize a Scripture verse, practice their handwriting, practice reading and following directions, and more. In addition, they’re simple to do with multiple children of various age levels at the same time.

Each bulletin has four panels packed with Bible-based games … puzzles … word searches … seek-and-finds … dot-to-dots … and many more activities children love. They’re carefully designed using proven educational methods and endorsed by Christian educators and pastors of all denominations. Since they teach basic Scripture knowledge, not doctrine, they’re perfect for all Christian homeschool families.

Want to see samples? Visit Children’s Worship Bulletins here

I am also sharing some videos over on my Instagram today- so go check it out!

 

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Homeschool Consulting and Mentoring- Be Equipped This Fall

With so many families turning to homeschooling this fall, I am thrilled to walk this journey with you.

HOMESCHOOL CONSULTING AND MENTORING

One of my greatest joys, as I have written for the homeschool community for over a decade and spoken across the country, is to connect with homeschooling families walking this journey. It is a privilege to speak with, pray with, and offer advice to so many of you. And many times, I have received several emails and inquiries that I just wish I could devote more time to and give more thorough advice, mentorship, and counsel than an email reply. Which is why I am thrilled to offer this brand new addition to my ministry here at Simply Living for Him.

Personal Homeschool Consulting and Mentoring

From a client:

“I am grateful for a Spirit-filled woman like Karen who I could discuss homeschooling and life within this new adventure of hers. I have been homeschooling for seven years and felt like I needed some outside perspective for my life and homeschool. I chose Karen because I love her focus on living for Jesus and I desire that for my life. I opted for a one-hour session with her via FaceTime. The hour flew by. The format worked well because Karen came to the hour-long session well-prepared after reviewing a questionnaire I had previously filled out. She listened to my concerns and questions and provided feedback. She prayed for me, encouraged me, challenged me, and gave me some things to think and pray about. Her insight and perspective were such a blessing to me. I highly recommend the consultation! If I ever feel the need to have an outside perspective again, I would do another consultation again. It was a great investment for me and my family.” ~consulting client

I am honored to have a chance to walk alongside you on this journey, whether you need a one time boost of encouragement or counsel or an ongoing relationship for accountability, planning, prayer, encouragement, and guidance.

How often do you wish that you had someone you could sit down with, who has walked this journey already, and picked their brain? Perhaps you are overwhelmed, burnt out, and running on empty. Maybe you need a fresh set of eyes on your plans and curriculum? Or just an outside perspective. Perhaps you just need a listening ear, a prayer warrior, or someone to help point you back to your goals and your focus. Maybe you can’t sort through the curriculum catalogs just one more time and need guidance in choosing the right fit. Whatever you are facing, I would love to join you as an encourager, mentor, and consultant.

This will not just be about choosing a curriculum, methods, plans, or even organization. Yes, I can, and will be available to help you with those things. But my goal first and foremost will always be to keep you focused on your God-given calling in homeschooling and seeking the Lord first in all you do. I will provide biblically-based encouragement.

“After my call with Karen today I feel more at peace about beginning this homeschooling journey. It was like talking to a longtime friend, very real but also so encouraging. It helped to have someone to express my concerns, desires to and to ask my questions. I appreciate the openness and the relatability to Karen and her experience homeschooling. Well worth the time and money. I would recommend a call with her if for nothing more than to talk to this inspiring and God filled woman.” ~consulting client

How Does it Work?

We will meet via Skype, phone, or in-person (limited availability depending on location.)  You can purchase a one time call or we have monthly plans. There is also an option for check-ins as needed. You will receive a questionnaire by email to fill out before our first meeting so I can get to know you and your needs first. This will help me begin to prepare a plan for our time together. You will decide if you need a one-time consultation or you would like to meet regularly.

“Karen was a blessing to be able to spend time with. She patiently listened to my concerns and fears about home educating and parenting in general. She related to me by sharing similar experiences from her own life and encouraged me that everything is going to be okay when we follow Jesus. Most importantly for me is that she helped to give me a vision for the next few stages of my children’s lives. She wisely gave me some directives to do that will help me see more clearly the direction God is calling our family to go. I so appreciate her willingness to take the time to pour wisdom into the home educating families of today. What a privilege it was to spend one-on-one time with Karen. ” ~ consulting client

Who is Karen DeBeus?

 

Karen is a nationally known speaker, author, and podcaster at Simply Living for Him. She is a veteran homeschooler who has graduated her first and is still schooling her three other children at home. She is the author of three best-selling homeschool books and has sold over 50,000 copies combined between them.

For years homeschooling moms have been encouraged by her talks at homeschooling conventions across the country and her weekly podcast Simply Living for Him. She has spoken at homeschooling events, women’s events, and most recently the Bible Family Conference in Washington, DC.

She has walked out this homeschooling journey in a real and authentic way online sharing with her readers the good, the bad, and everything in between. She believes when we link arms as homeschooling moms and keep Jesus at the center of all we do, we can move mountains in our homeschools!

Her mission will always be to point others to Jesus. She lives on her little hobby farm in rural NJ, where her family traded in the rat race to live more simply for the glory of God.

Who is this For?

Here are just some examples of someone who may benefit from Karen’s services:

  • New homeschoolers just starting out and needing direction and guidance
  • Homeschoolers needing accountability and encouragement
  • Homeschoolers that are feeling overwhelmed and need refocus
  • A mom looking for guidance from someone who has completed the homeschooling journey
  • Homeschoolers looking to simplify their homeschools and get rid of distractions (this is her specialty! Karen will help you get your focus back!)
  • Homeschoolers near the end of their journey and wanting to finish well
  • A homeschooler needing help in choosing curriculum (please note- Karen will help you make decisions and guide you, but will not put together a program for you.)
  • A mom of many wondering how to homeschool multiple ages
  • A homeschool mom looking for support and encouragement as well as prayer
  • A mom that wants a biblically-based outlook on homeschool and is willing to seek the Lord above all else

*Please note, There may be instances where Karen will need to point you to resources to equip you further such as HSLDA. Karen can not provide legal advice or be responsible for your homeschool choices, but will always do her best to use her experience and wisdom to point you to resources above what she can provide.

What Does it Cost?

Depending on your needs, we can accommodate a personalized plan.

Cost will range as follows: 

  • One-time-only session via Skye or phone call – 1 hour  (with initial email questionnaire): $50
  • 3-month package of one hour sessions, monthly: $140
    ( After the first 3 months, you may wish to purchase an additional 3 months and will continue with the $140 rate in increments of 3 months.)
  • 1 Hour Session with 2 30 min check-ins $ 90
  •  Check-in meetings (30 min.- only available after the purchases of at least one-hour session): $25

karen@simpylivingforhim.com or click here

Together, let’s walk this journey and purpose to make this journey less overwhelming and filled with more joy!