Encouragement & Inspiration

Overcoming your greatest fear about homeschooling

Overcoming Your Greatest Fear About 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:

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

Convert Failure into Insight

“The days are long but the years are short.”

It’s a refrain I often repeat. But sometimes even the days are short.

We make plans. We have the best intentions. And then . . . we fail to execute.

Distractions sweep us away from what is most important. (And drown us in what is merely trivial.)


In Christ, there is grace for our failures. But that doesn’t mean those failures won’t hurt.

Some failures are incredibly painful….

When I reflect upon my own failures, there are two that top the list:

  • Opportunities I missed with my sons that I can never regain.
  • Words that I spoke that I can never un-speak.

Seeing the consequences of those mistakes can make this momma cry.

Can you relate?


There is a balm that soothes my ache. It’s grace.

I wish that it were not so, but the truth is: we all stumble in many ways (James 3:2).

And yet, there is a way we can convert those failures into insights.

As Henry Ford observed:

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.


I know it’s hard. I know it hurts. But glean all the lessons you can from failure.

Then, try again.

  • Each day presents new opportunities. Seize them!
  • That tongue that wounded with words yesterday can be used to pray, apologize, and encourage today.

Try again.

Humbly. Persistently. Lovingly. Try again.

It’s a new day!


How shall we escape?


How Shall We Escape?

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?”


What does that really mean?

What’s so great about salvation?

eternity in their hearts

Eternity in Their Hearts

Taking the long view on home education

In the final hours of childbirth, before I pushed my firstborn out into the world, my pain intensified and I slipped into survival mode….

Don't run from the mirror (why you need to teach)

Don’t Run from the Mirror — Why You Need to Teach!

You Will Be Faced With A Critical Choice

Is everything is going well in your homeschool now? Just wait. If your experience is anything like many of us, the day will come when you encounter difficulty and discouragement in your homeschool. When you do, you’ll be faced with a critical choice: run … or overcome.


“Heaven” by Renee (Smock) Higgins

One student’s creative writing exercise from Creative Freewriting Adventure

The trip to Heaven was just as fast as I had imagined it would be. In the blink of an eye, my spirit was whisked before a mighty gate. I instantly felt warm and light. I immediately wanted to sing. I spontaneously wanted to dance. I surprisingly wanted to… laugh?

Before me stood the most amusing scene… a scene that had been so familiar to me on earth as a child, but now seemed comical here… comical, but infinitely beautiful. …