Reports from the Trenches

By Cindy Puhek

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

Saying “No”

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on January 04, 2014
Saying “no” to a request for help can be difficult.  I like ministering and serving people.  My family has a giving attitude and we often put the needs of others before our own.  But sometimes I must say “no.” Sometimes “no” is required…Read

What Am I Pondering in My Heart?

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on December 15, 2013
And Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19). Mary had many things to ponder in her heart, some wonderful and some frightening.  She pondered the message of the shepherds that angels had come to proclaim the…Read

One on One Time

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on October 31, 2013
I’ve discovered as my family has grown that it sometimes is hard to carve out one on one time with each child.  But I also know it’s important to take time to study my children and learn about each of them as the unique person God has…Read

Blessing Our Children

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on October 14, 2013
I received some wonderful advice a few years ago that I thought I would pass on.  I don't remember the source, but the advice has stuck with me and has helped me be a better mother.  The advice was to begin and end each day by blessing…Read

Birth Announcement

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on September 09, 2013
For this child, we prayed . . .

Waiting

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on August 30, 2013
The Bible is full of admonitions to “wait on the Lord.”  Waiting is hard.  Most human beings would rather be “doing” than “waiting” particularly when the circumstances are painful, dangerous, or scary.  But the God Who waited to visit…Read

All The World’s A Stage

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on August 04, 2013
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and woman merely players,” declared Jaques in his monologue in William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It. Have you ever felt like your life was a drama being viewed by the people around you? …Read

A Walk Through Bitterness

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on July 28, 2013
I had an unexpected walk through bitterness along with its allies of self pity and resentment this past week.  These were emotions I thought had been resolved, but an event happened that triggered my memories, and the emotions came…Read

Two Days of Solitude

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on July 14, 2013
I experienced some rare solitude this weekend.  My sweet and very brave husband took the children on the annual church camping trip while I stayed home due to health issues.  It was the first time I had been alone like that since my…Read

Welcome to My Mess

Posted in Reports from the Trenches by Cindy Puhek on June 23, 2013
I read this quote a while back and found it very inspiring and convicting.  The passage is taken from the book Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis: Most days, I’m kind of a mess.  People who read my blog assume that because I am able to…Read