Reports from the Trenches

By Cindy Puhek

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

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

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