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Do you need a day of rest?

Do you need a day of rest?

You want to be a loving, joyful, peaceful momma, but you’re exhausted. The demands on your time and energy feel relentless.

You need a chance to catch your breath—but you feel guilty. There’s still so much work waiting to be done.

You need a day of rest.

Do you need a day of rest?

I understand. I’ve felt overloaded and overwhelmed many times, too.

But during the season when I was homeschooling and writing Philosophy Adventure, something amazing happened. It forever transformed my perspective on rest….

A Private Miracle

In June of 2012, I arrived at our state homeschool convention with a box of books purged from our home library. I brought them to an elderly gentleman who was operating a used bookstore in the vendor hall. He slipped a pair of reading glasses from the pocket of his plaid shirt and bent to examine our books.

I scanned the rows of tall wooden shelves while I waited for him to finish, wondering what new treasures I would find.

A few moments later, he removed his glasses and returned them to his pocket. Then he handed me a generous store credit and smiled.

What happened next was just the sort of personalized encounter that had gradually persuaded me to kneel and commit my life to Jesus. Some would dismiss it as a “coincidence,” but I immediately recognized it as a private miracle.

As I moved toward the History, Philosophy, and Theology Section  for a closer look, a certain vintage volume caught my eye. Elegantly displayed in gilded script on the spine was the title: Day of Rest, followed by “Stacy.”

Day of Rest, Stacy

(Apparently, the author’s name was also Stacy.)

An Invitation to Rest

I was stunned. In that moment, I had the distinct impression that my Heavenly Father had graciously invited me to a “Day of Rest, Stacy.”

It was a perfectly-timed, desperately-needed message.

My writing schedule was incredibly intense and hard to regulate. Most days started at 3:00 a.m. — and they often didn’t end until late at night. I needed this invitation impressed upon me in a way that would make it unforgettable.

It granted me “permission” to take a guilt-free day of rest each week.

Without rest, I begin to lose sight of the bigger picture. My productivity tanks. I’m more likely to eat “garbage” and become irritable.

No doubt, taking a “Day of Rest” has protected both my health and my relationships.

Some Practical Ways to Rest

For me, a day of rest is a time when I have permission to:

  • take a nap
  • read a book
  • take a luxuriously long shower or bath
  • go for a walk
  • join my family on a disc golf excursion
  • snuggle with my husband or my cat.

Basically, it’s permission to rejuvenate — whatever that looks like (as long as it doesn’t violate God’s Word).

A Simple Plan

Do you know how to rest?

It’s actually pretty simple. A bit of preparation goes a long way.

Put a date on the calendar and do three things before it arrives:

  1. Pray – for wisdom about what really needs to be done.
  2. Work – do all that you can do and then…
  3. Trust – let go and leave the outcome of your efforts in His capable hands.

A Legacy

Will your children remember you as the crabby momma who was always too busy?

Or will you be the joyful momma who napped when she needed to, acknowledged her limitations, and patiently loved her family.

You will be more effective, clear-headed, and loving toward those who depend on you if you allow yourself to recharge.

Go ahead! Take a day of rest, Momma.


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Stress-free Homeschooling?

Stress-free homeschooling

Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could experience stress-free homeschooling?

Stress. It’s often linked to anxiety and fear. It can make your heart race, palms sweat, and stomach churn.

Stress is painful.

We desperately want to escape it, but some stress is unavoidable…perhaps even necessary. (I would even go as far as to say that some stress is good.) Continue reading Stress-free Homeschooling?

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Are you equipped to educate your children?

Equipped to Educate

What keeps you up nights? Do you find yourself fighting to overcome fear? Do you ever lie awake wondering whether you are equipped to educate your children?

Do you wonder whether you are adequately preparing them for life? How will they handle interacting with the world?

Will they be ready for college? Will they find a spouse?

If you find yourself asking these questions (and sometimes, figuratively speaking, biting your nails), you’re in good company.

What is your greatest fear about homeschooling?

Continue reading Are you equipped to educate your children?

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Overcoming Your Greatest Fear About Homeschooling—Part 1

Overcoming Your Fear of Homeschooling

Be encouraged by homeschool parents and students who have traveled the path ahead of you.

While preparing my workshops for the upcoming homeschool conventions, it occurred to me to ask home educating parents, “What is your greatest fear about homeschooling.” Their answers inspired this series.

Moments after I posted this question within a social media community, I received an outpouring of heartfelt responses. These recurring concerns surfaced as homeschool moms shared the fears that plagued them: Continue reading Overcoming Your Greatest Fear About Homeschooling—Part 1

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A Homeschool Hymn Study Devotional

(This homeschool hymn study devotional contains referral links and is excerpted from Great Hymns of the Faith: A Study for All Ages.)

SAVED FROM MYSELF

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it,

prone to leave the God I love….

As I read these words, my heart breaks. Much as I wish it was otherwise, I know it is true.

Why would I leave you, Lord Jesus? You hold the keys to all I need and truly want. And yet, were I not tethered to You, I might be lured away forever by temptations that lead only to destruction. Continue reading A Homeschool Hymn Study Devotional

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3 Tips to Help You Overcome Overwhelm, Clutter, & Chaos

3 Tips to Overcome Overwhelm, Clutter, and Chaos

Do you feel overwhelmed? Is your environment making you a little crazy? Do you worry about whether you’re giving the people you love the attention they need?

With the flood of demands and opportunities that rush toward us, it’s easy to be swept away….

As the manager of my home, often the first challenge I face is just getting quiet enough to ask the question: “What is most important right now?”

If you find yourself asking the same question, I have three concepts to help you clear away clutter, expedite meal preparation, and invest in family relationships. Continue reading 3 Tips to Help You Overcome Overwhelm, Clutter, & Chaos

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EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN ON THE POWER OF MUSIC

Do you have a soundtrack for your life?

Songs you listen to when you feel victorious? Songs that bring comfort when you’re feeling blue? Songs to give you energy when you clean house or exercise?

Music has an amazing ability to influence our moods, which, in turn, can influence our actions. That’s powerful.

We would be wise to educate our children on the power of music. Continue reading EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN ON THE POWER OF MUSIC

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5 MISTAKES PARENTS & STUDENTS MAKE WHEN PLANNING FOR COLLEGE

5 Mistakes Parents & Students Make When Planning for College

Do you know the five mistakes parents and students make when planning for college?

 

The words affordable, efficient, and effective aren’t typically associated with college. But they can be accurate descriptors of your student’s college experience.

You’re invited to listen in on a discussion between Home School Adventure’s CEO Stacy Farrell and education innovator Woody Robertson as they discuss the best ways to navigate the college decision.

They discuss common flawed thinking like:

  • Expecting to go into debt for college
  • Expecting college to train you for your career
  • Thinking you’ll figure out what you want to do in college
  • Failing to prepare for the battle of worldviews
  • Not taking advantage of dual credit

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THE WINDOW (Hebrews 2:3)

Hebrews 2:3

How Shall We Escape (Hebrews 2:3)

Although muted by the blind’s wooden slats, enough natural light filters in through my bedroom window to sustain my vision as I read and reflect upon Hebrews 2:3.

“[H]ow shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”

Salvation.

What does that really mean?

What’s so great about salvation?

Continue reading THE WINDOW (Hebrews 2:3)

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DON’T EAT THAT FROG — PART 3

Habits overcome habits.

Habits Overcome Habits

Attention Required

As creatures of habit, we move through our days without even thinking about many of our actions. But, if we’re seeking to maximize our productivity, we need to turn off autopilot and start paying attention.

Although we don’t want to become self-absorbed, we do need to become self-aware.  Continue reading DON’T EAT THAT FROG — PART 3

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WALKING WITH THE WAODANI — PART 4 — LIFE LESSONS

Russell and Gary in Quito

(This is part 4 — life lessons — in our Walking with the Waodani series. Click here to start the series at the beginning.)

WHAT ABOUT SOCIALIZATION?

We hear it so often that it’s become cliché. But I suppose, if you don’t homeschool, there’s no way to know how many “social” opportunities are available to homeschoolers. Continue reading WALKING WITH THE WAODANI — PART 4 — LIFE LESSONS

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WALKING WITH THE WAODANI — PART 3 — POISON FISHING

Russell's Salinas fish

(This is part 3 — poison fishing — in our Homeschooler Adventure Walking with the Waodani series. Click here to start the series at the beginning.)

FIRST CAME SPEAR FISHING

In our previous Homeschooler Adventurer post, Russell Winter told the story of spear fishing in the Amazon River. The post also mentioned how, during his seven-week adventure in Ecuador, a new friend had taken him spear fishing on the Salinas coast. See the lovely fish he caught there? Continue reading WALKING WITH THE WAODANI — PART 3 — POISON FISHING

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IT’S OKAY IF YOUR DREAM IS TO BE A GOOD WIFE AND MOTHER

(Scroll down to get a coupon for 15% OFF the hardcover GIFT edition and 30% off the digital edition of I’d Rather Be Your Mommy!)

Raising children is a noble profession. In many ways, our future depends upon it. Somewhere along the way, our culture has lost sight of just how important motherhood and fatherhood really are.

Charles Spurgeon said it well:

You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.

Continue reading IT’S OKAY IF YOUR DREAM IS TO BE A GOOD WIFE AND MOTHER