Reports from the Trenches

By Cindy Puhek

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

Conquering Fear

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on May 31, 2013
In a previous blog post I discussed how my  response to fear can be sinful.  I can use fear as an attempt to feel powerful and in control.  As Ann Voskamp says in her book One Thousand Gifts, “Worry is the façade of taking action when…Read

Self Worth

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on May 05, 2013
Where do I find my sense of self worth?  Although words like “self worth” and “self esteem” have taken on a mushy, “feel good about myself no matter what” connotation in our Godless culture, my question is still worth considering.  It…Read

God and the Boston Marathon Bombing

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on April 27, 2013
In my last blog, I wrote about what it means to trust God.  The natural mind tends to think God will reward our trust with peace and happiness and a good outcome.  God becomes like a pagan deity that is pacified by our trust and…Read

Trust

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on April 07, 2013
What does it mean to trust the Lord? I think most people when they say, “I’m trusting the Lord” mean they’re believing that because they have prayed and sought God’s will for a decision, they will have a good outcome. A…Read

Fear

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on March 17, 2013
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Tim 1:7) I have been learning a great deal about fear lately.  I think there are different kinds of fear.  The fear of the Lord is…Read

Forgiveness

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on February 24, 2013
I’ve been learning a bit about forgiveness lately.  I always thought forgiveness involved a formal “ceremony” in which a penitent person apologizes for a wrong and the injured person offers forgiveness.  I’ve learned this is not…Read

Advice For A Teen

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on February 17, 2013
Periodically, I'm asked to write a "coming of age" letter for a young lady in my circle of influence.  Here's some advice I recently wrote to a 13-year old.

Advice From Job

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on January 20, 2013
I think all of us tremble a bit when were in a position to interact with someone dealing with profound grief.  I came upon an interesting passage from the book of Job recently that explains how to extend comfort to another person.  …Read

Perspective

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on January 06, 2013
I woke up and walked downstairs.  It felt very cold.  We keep the downstairs 60 degrees at night on the weekends, and that was quite a bit cooler than the temperature in my nice warm bed.  But then I went outside to get the newspaper…Read

2012 In Review

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on December 29, 2012
The year 2012 will certainly go down in the annals of the Puhek Family as one to be remembered.  The year started with a strange feeling of hope and excitement that something big and significant was going to happen in the next twelve…Read