My father became my dear friend before he passed into eternity, but we had a difficult history. He didn’t become a believer until late in life. Before choosing to follow Jesus, he made some choices that were incredibly destructive to our family. Those choices left marks of anger, rejection, and abandonment.
Consequently, I grew up with a distorted picture of fatherhood. However, when I became a believer, that distorted picture was gradually replaced by one that displayed the beauty of biblical fatherhood. Destructive marks were replaced with marks of grace, acceptance, and faithfulness.
Imagine you live in a flat in London, and it’s 1941.
It’s night. As you hear the now familiar drone of propellers, you brace yourself. Within minutes, bombs drop from the skies and explosions erupt. You feel helpless, hopeless, and an overwhelming sense of impending doom.
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’ll encounter difficulty and discouragement. When you do, you’ll be faced with a critical choice: run … or overcome.
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY DERAIL YOUR LESSON PLANS?
Shortly after my two teenage sons, Roger Dean and Ryan, officially started CollegePlus, my husband announced that he was taking us on a week-long vacation to Texas to visit his 88-year-old father.
(This is part 2 in our series. If you missed our first post, you can find it here.)
In 2005, Granda Farrell had moved back to his home town, a thousand miles away from us. We missed him. (I miss him now.) It had been far too long since our last visit. Although I was thrilled at the thought of seeing him again, I felt a bit of stress not knowing what impact this unexpected trip might have on our studies.Continue reading MAKING THE MOST OF HIGH SCHOOL WITH COLLEGEPLUS — PART 2
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(This is part 2 in our Homeschooler Adventure Walking with the Waodani series. Click here to start the series at the beginning.)
A CHANGE IN PLANS
When I first interviewed Russell Winter back in November of 2014, I thought it would be helpful to record our session so I could refer back to the video when I wrote the one blog post I had planned. However, the longer we talked (we talked for 2.5 hours!), the more captivated I became by Russell’s storytelling!
Imagine you have friends of all ages (and you do, don’t you?). One friend in particular — who happens to be 70 years old — is thinking about moving to Ecuador when he retires. He wants to explore the country, and he invited you to travel with him.
On June 15, 2015, Elisabeth Elliot went home to be with the Lord. Inspiring tributes to this humble hero abound. (See below for links to some of our favorites.) The impact of her life—lived faithfully for Christ—reaches across borders and generations.
That’s a question I often ask as I homeschool our two teenaged sons.
When I think about how the Bible is banned in many countries…and about how countless believers have sacrificed their freedom and even their lives to spread the message of God’s love and salvation…another question naturally arises:
Be encouraged by homeschool parents and students who have traveled the path ahead of you.
While preparing 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.
Most of us underestimate the relevance of philosophy. But whether we realize it or not, philosophers’ ideas have a profound impact on our daily lives.
In fact, philosophers are the world’s idea men—and their ideas are the real movers and shakers of history.
Today, there is a form of philosophy that has effectively undercut freedom and dignity within our culture. And that philosophy creeps into our lives under our radar, without us even detecting it. Continue reading Why study philosophy?
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?