Reports from the Trenches

By Cindy Puhek

Lessons learned by this active homeschool mother of five - Scriptural, relevant, encouraging, and often funny, too!

As Unto the Lord

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on January 11, 2017
What does it mean to do something as “unto the Lord?”  In Colossians 3:23-24 we are admonished  “whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not unto men.  Knowing the of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance,…Read

Preaching the Gospel to Myself

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on December 08, 2016
Recently I experienced the sweet, heady, intoxicating drink of success.  The wave of feelings were glorious and scary as I experienced dreams coming true with fame and riches accompanying it.  And while this success was sought before the…Read

Abounding and Abasing

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on November 26, 2016
Have you noticed that winning and loosing can be equally difficult?  Paul clearly understood the challenges that come with both victory and defeat when he penned, “I know both how to be abased and I know how to abound.  Everywhere and in…Read

Counting the Cost

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on October 28, 2016
Counting the cost is a Biblical principle.  Jesus told people to count the cost of discipleship like a man counts the cost of building a tower or a King counts the cost of going to war (Luke 14).   I’ve found that it is wise to count…Read

Conquering Covetousness

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on October 15, 2016
Covetousness is a terrible sin.  Covetousness violates the 10th commandment.  Covetousness is synonymous with idolatry.  God's character and fairness is questioned through this flaming desire.  And it is one of my besetting sins.   Have…Read

A Freeing Thought

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on October 01, 2016
Recently I was speaking with Mark Hamby of Lamplighter Ministries.  He was preparing to speak at a Christian school in California about the importance of training kids using solidly Christian materials.  He said that there is a vast…Read

True Security

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on September 23, 2016
It’s amazing how quickly life can be turned upside down.  We recently celebrated my youngest child’s 3rd birthday with a trip to Build A Bear to make her a special friend.  Her favorite part of the Build A Bear experience was giving her…Read

I’ve Joined the Club

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on August 27, 2016
Well, I’ve official joined the club.  Over my years of homeschooling, I had heard many stories of brave, intrepid homeschoolers who courageously loved and taught their kids even if their efforts seemed ineffective.  Their children had…Read

Building an Eclectic English Program

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on August 10, 2016
When I first began homeschooling, I really loved using an all-inclusive curriculum that preplanned everything for me and indirectly taught me how to homeschool.  Through the years of using this curriculum, other learning opportunities…Read

No Homeschool Cookie Cutter

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on August 05, 2016
I love the diversity I see among homeschoolers.  The lack of a single mold to form the homeschooled student becomes especially apparent as the children grow up and launch into life.  I know of one family who’s two oldest children chose…Read