Reports from the Trenches

By Cindy Puhek

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

Idolatry

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on November 28, 2015
I am an accomplished idol worshipper.  I hate to admit my idol worshipping habits, but God keeps bringing them to my attention.  But I should not be surprised at my propensity to look to something or someone to meet my needs other than…Read

Fallen Emotions

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on November 14, 2015
My emotions are fallen.  As I’ve grown older I’ve come to realize that what makes me happy, sad, excited, or grieved is often 180 degrees out from what makes God happy, sad, excited, or grieved.    James 1:21 says the engrafted Word is…Read

Put No Confidence . . .

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on November 01, 2015
Philippians 3:3 says, “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. What does it mean to put no confidence in the flesh?  In the context of this verse it…Read

Learning to Lose

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on October 17, 2015
I’ve always been a winner.  If I set a goal, I tend to achieve it, and I tend to set goals high.  If I don’t think I’ll win, I don’t even try.  I’m raising children that also tend to win.  We could decorate our house with first place and…Read

The Popularity Trap

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on October 04, 2015
Popularity is not always the test of righteousness.  Seems like an obvious statement, doesn’t it?  But I think sometimes a gifted, personable individual may be wrongly considered mature in his or her faith.  A person who is a gifted…Read

In the Wilderness

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on September 24, 2015
After God delivered the Israelites from Egypt, He led them into the Wilderness.  It was in the Wilderness they learned to depend on God.  They didn’t have farms or barns full of food so they had to depend on God to provide their daily…Read

Standing Alone

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on September 12, 2015
Standing  alone.   God made me a sheep and then asks me to stand alone.  Sheep aren’t very good at being alone.  Sheep tend to be followers who have one instinctive eye on the crowd at all times.  Sheep try to stay in step with the…Read

Third World Dump

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on August 17, 2015
I recently took my 6-year old and my 9-year old to the Compassion International “In Their Shoes” experience.  The 3-hour program aimed to give children a vivid picture of what it is like to live in poverty.  They definitely succeeded as…Read

What is Friendship?

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on August 10, 2015
What is friendship?  I think I developed a twisted view of friendship during my childhood.  In school, friends were a buffer from loneliness and isolation.  They prevented the embarrassment of playing alone at recess or sitting alone at…Read

The Comparison Trap

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on July 01, 2015
I have always had a weakness of comparing myself with others.  This weakness can drive a homeschooler crazy as insecurity over my children’s education can compel me to constantly look around and reevaluate my own decisions based on what…Read