Encouragement & Inspiration

We all like a little pick-me-up now and then, and that's just what these articles are meant to do!

A Homeschooler for Life

A Homeschooler for Life By N.E. Jackson

I’m finished with my official homeschool journey, but I’m still a homeschooler at heart.
I still remember the moment in 2014 as if it were yesterday. My pastor called my parents and me to the platform, my tassel was turned and my neck hugged, and there I was: a homeschool graduate. I had been looking forward to that moment…Read
With Those Who Weep

With Those Who Weep By Cindy Puhek

Life brings many struggles and challenges, and homeschoolers aren't exempt. How can we be a blessing to the suffering among us?
I’ve written about suffering before. In 2011, “Homeschooling in Crisis” was published in this magazine, in which I detailed my story of homeschooling in the midst of a cancer diagnosis while pregnant with my fifth child. In “Lesson in…Read
Choosing Rhythms in Homeschool Life

Choosing Rhythms in Homeschool Life By Gail Heaton

We all need one.
When I was a young homeschooling mom, I had a big fear when I was out in public with my children. It went something like this: I’d be in the supermarket checkout line playing over an imaginary conversation that might result from the…Read

Moms Matter By Jonathan Lewis

I've developed a new appreciation for mothers.
It’s cliché to say it, but mothers are important. You don’t really need me to tell you that. Or maybe you do. You see, I know that being a mother is often a thankless job. There’s not a lot of glamor in it, and even though we all know…Read
Choosing to Focus on the Blessings

Choosing to Focus on the Blessings By Kari Lewis

Thoughts for Mothers Day
Sunday, May 8, 2016. Mother’s Day. This is the morning moms are supposed to wake up to a scrumptious breakfast, beautiful flowers, meaningful cards, gifts, and a day full of special times. Husbands and kids overflow with gratefulness and…Read
War and Peace

War and Peace By Kari Lewis

It has been said that a classic is a book everyone would like to have read but no one really wants to read. Take Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, for example. I confess I’ve never read it, and I probably never will. It’s one of the longest…Read
There’s Never a Reason to Flinch From His Touch

There’s Never a Reason to Flinch From His Touch By Kari Lewis

Embracing the loving touch of God.
When I was three years old, I was admitted to the hospital to have my tonsils out. I have only one memory of the entire event: I was in the hospital room, wearing a hospital gown, and a nurse was trying to give me a shot before my…Read
An Open Letter to My Homeschooled Children

An Open Letter to My Homeschooled Children By Israel Wayne

We're taking the path less traveled. Here's why.
Dear Children, I wanted to take a moment to write to you on the topic of homeschooling and explain why your mother and I chose this educational path for you. My mother began homeschooling me in the late 1970s, before homeschooling was…Read
Seasons

Seasons By Kimberly Williams

Life is full of changes, leading us from one season to another, each with its own unique challenges and opportunities.
“I’m sorry. I just can’t commit right now,” answered the young mother. “It’s too hard to add another thing to our schedule. We need to stay at home and focus on our schoolwork.”This was the apologetic response I received after talking to…Read
No Fear of the Future

No Fear of the Future By Melanie Hexter

How to homeschool with confidence.
Drawing this series to a close has been a great time of reflection for me. For this magazine’s past ten Beginning Homeschooling columns, I’ve tried to address the fears and reservations that are common to new homeschoolers. I’ve thought…Read