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Almost 13 Years of Homeschooling: What Are You Doing With Your Life?

I have so many thoughts and emotions as we approach the senior year for my oldest daughter. For anyone who doesn’t know, God called us to homeschool her when she was a four-year-old about to leave preschool and enter kindergarten. It has been quite a journey, with a very rocky start, and a miraculous near ending! (find out more here and here)

But as I look forward, I can’t help but think about how we were going against the grain 13 years ago, and here we are maybe going against the grain again…

The late years of high school bring about the constant questions about college and future plans. The age-old question, “What will you do with your life??” and, “Where will you go to school?” 

Well, I think about it more like this:

What are you doing with your life?

It isn’t like this is some huge stop and start point. Just like we have been on these past 17 years since my daughter was born, we will continue to point her to Jesus in each moment and say, “What is God calling you to do today…” So yes, the circumstances will change, the school will now be out of the home, the life path will turn, but life is a journey and this is another step in that journey…

We have a different perspective than many these days. Rather than pushing her to strive to climb a “successful” ladder in the world’s eyes, our main goal is that she uses the desires God has given her for His purposes.

Because we are ultimately here to glorify God with our lives. 

So I tell her to pray. Let the Lord continue to guide her just as He has these past 13 years of homeschooling, and we can trust His plans. We have seen firsthand His miraculous work in our lives and I am confident in Him and where He will lead her. His plans are always good.

They may look different from the world’s view of success. They may not include a high-cost education at an Ivy-league college for a high paying job out of school. And that is OK.

Because at the center of those plans is God.

I know my daughter has huge desires in her heart and I know the One who planted them there. He didn’t give her gifts, abilities, and desires to keep for herself, but to use them for good. And ultimately for Him.

So we look to the future and ask, “What will you do with what God has given you?”

We have been an “out of the box” family for many years- homeschooling, running our own businesses, and hobby-farming for ministry. We will continue to use our life for a purpose and for God. We were created for Him and will be used by Him.

And that is the goal of education for my children. That they will know Him, make Him known, and most of all glorify Him in whatever He calls them to do and wherever He calls them to do it. Ivy-league school, community school, or wherever it is…as long as it is His will and she uses the gifts He has given her for a purpose.

Life is short. Too short to be wasted chasing the wind. We want to chase Him. Wherever He leads.

So I look to my daughter and pray she continues to chase Him…and that is what she will do with her life.

 

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God Works in Amazing Ways-Teach Them Diligently Atlanta

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Reposted from 2015:

How could I adequately put into words what Atlanta Teach Them Diligently meant to me? I can’t, but I will try to explain just what an amazing trip it was and what an amazing God we serve!

First, if you have never attended a Teach Them Diligently convention, you MUST. It is like nothing else. The focus is on discipleship and Christian parenting and is about SO much more than just homeschooling.

This trip was awhile in the making. I had signed on with TTD back in the summer, but upon realizing that my whole family would not be able to join me this time, as in Nashville, my parents had offered to travel with me. (yes, I’m a big baby and didn’t want to fly alone!) At the time, it seemed like a wild idea, since my parents were never on board with me to homeschool in the early years. However, I felt like deep down God wanted it this way.

Over the months, I prayed for this convention so much.

Every morning I prayed that God would bring exactly who he wanted to each session. And He did. 

And the biggest and most amazing thing is, He brought my parents.

You see, next year I will begin my 10th year of homeschooling. Truly a milestone. When I first started out, I had no idea what I was getting into or why on earth I was choosing this path- all I did know, was that it was what God wanted me to do. I would have no idea that I would end up writing and speaking about it. I had no idea that God had me on this path for many reasons, and some of them had nothing to do with schooling.

Yet, I faced opposition early on, from myself and from family. My mom had lived her life with a career in public education. She was very against our decision. Yet, I knew I needed to follow God and the rest would fall into place. And it did.

 

This weekend in Atlanta God showed that He would work the impossible and make it possible.

It still feels like a dream, but my parents listened to me speak at a homeschool convention, and not only listened but are now in agreement and are proud of us. I can only say, that following God has truly been a blessing. He has brought about so many things. I never thought my family would be on board, let alone support me in this way. We had so many beautiful things said between us this weekend, that I never thought I’d hear. God is good. All the time. God is so, so, so good.

And the convention itself is like no other. I love being a part of TTD for so many reasons. Mainly, because their mission and their hearts line up with ours. This is so much more than a homeschool convention…it is a revival of hearts. A refreshing of spirits. A refocusing on our true goals. That is the stuff that matters!

I have a passion when I get up there to speak to homeschooling families. I love connecting with them afterward, in the convention halls, and all around- it’s like a family. And here I was with my biological family and my spiritual family all united in Atlanta. I can hardly comprehend it.

 

I spoke on four topics this weekend:

  • Simplifying Homeschooling
  • Using the Bible as Our Main Textbook (for one year; how we did it, why we did it, and why we don’t do it anymore)
  • Letting God Lead Your Homeschool
  • Ten Things Every new Homeschooler Should Know (Great reminders for all homeschoolers)

 

 

Teach Them Diligently has so much for the whole family- Mens’ breakfast, Kids programs, Teen programs, A Mom’s Night, and so much more! There are even sessions for grandparents. If you can get to one in your area- GO! You will not regret it!

Our ride home on the plane was nothing short of spectacular- I marveled at the Creation God has made. I marveled at the work He has done in my life and others. I marveled at Him for who he IS.

 

 And then, the ultimate welcome home. It was so incredibly sweet to pull into our driveway and see this welcoming! I love my family dearly. I am thankful they supported me while I traveled for this trip, and I am thankful for their love.

 

 

If I could tell you anything about this journey, it has taught me not to fear. There is no fear in knowing that you are following God, wherever He may lead.

During my last session, I held up this journal. I could hardly contain myself as I saw before me, so much come full circle.

This was a journal that I kept when I was deciding to homeschool- and this journal was filled with FEAR. I was so, so scared. Yet, I kept telling God that I would obey, no matter the cost.

 

And I can stand now today, and see those fears not only lifted but non-existent. He took this scared mom and put her in a place where she can stand now and give GLORY to GOD for what He does. Not what I do. But what HE does.

 

I held this journal, hardly recognizing the woman who wrote it, yet I held it up looking at my parents in the audience. It was almost too much to bear.

 

You know it’s a great session and God is present when you are speaking and look up and not only are you crying, but the room of attendees is crying. We were crying over WHO our God IS and how He works. We simply need to let go of ourselves and walk with Him. He will blow the doors wide open to things you never dreamed possible. Just be willing to let Him lead you.

 

Won’t you join me at Teach Them Diligently next week in Myrtle Beach? Join me in walking with God and looking to Him as we raise up the next generation of homeschoolers.

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Lost Your Motivation? Turn Around The Winter Doldrums in Your Homeschool Ep 79

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This is the time of year when I typically lose my motivation and want to throw in the towel. It’s dark, cold, and June may as well be a million years away. But over the years, I have learned many lessons about my attitude and how I can turn around the winter doldrums and continue to thrive in our homeschool. Join me today as I encourage you that Spring is coming! But don’t waste the time now…

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