When You Feel Like Quitting Homeschooling

Welcome back to the Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast. In today’s episode I’m talking about what to do when you feel like throwing in the towel on homeschooling. I hope you will find fresh vision and encouragement to press on, to not grow weary, and to keep the long term perspective that will help you to persevere.

I know what it is to feel tired, weary, and discouraged. It is when we anchor our hearts in the eternal truths of God’s Word that we can have the strength we need to persevere I hope this episode encourages your heart.

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Remembering God’s Amazing Love

In today’s episode of the podcast we discuss the great love of God for us. His love calls, redeems, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies us. As the old Wesley hymn says, “Amazing love, how can it be, that thou my God would die for me?” https://legacyhomeschoolreflections.blogspot.com/2019/03/legacy-homeschool-reflections-podcast_25.html  


Then we go on to discuss how we can extend the love we have been given to our families, giving them a beautiful picture of Christ’s love for them too. I hope you will be blessed!

As always, please keep in touch. I love to hear from listeners. You can follow me on facebook @legacyhomeschoolreflections or just look up Ruth L Adams. Have a blessed week!

A Teacup Story

Recently my oldest child turned eighteen! I really wanted to make her celebration extra special, so she and I planned an elegant tea party for her special day.

In today’s podcast I talk about some of the things that were shared at the tea party, and I hope you enjoy the story of the teacup! Have a blessed week, friends! https://legacyhomeschoolreflections.blogspot.com/2019/03/legacy-homeschool-reflections-podcast_18.html

Homeschool Burnout

Good morning, Friends! It’s a new week to glorify God in our hearts and homes. I hope this episode of the podcast will be an encouragement to your hearts. It is my reflection back on how I believe being homeschooled was a blessing in my life. If you are struggling to get through this winter season, I hope this encourages you to press on looking forward with a long term vision. Have a wonderful week! https://legacyhomeschoolreflections.blogspot.com/2019/03/legacy-homeschool-reflections-podcast.html

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Gleaning Wisdom from Charles and Susie

Welcome back to the latest episode of the Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast. The subject for today’s episode is gleaning wisdom from Charles Spurgeon and his wife Susannah. I loved chatting with my husband Matt, and we pray you will be encouraged!

We touched on various topics today, but we tried to make a lot of our gleanings applicable to marriage and raising a family. You can listen here:

https://legacyhomeschoolreflections.blogspot.com/2019/02/legacy-homeschool-reflections-podcast_25.html

May the Lord bless you this week, and may we all be found faithful in loving Christ and discipling our families. Blessings to you all!

The Blessings of Family Worship

Goodmorning Everyone, I just returned from our vacation house, in Ohio’s Amish country, where my husband and I recorded this podcast together. The subject of our discussion today is all about family worship; we talk about why it is important, ideas for cultivating the practice in our homes, and blessings we have seen from it. We pray that you will be encouraged. To listen you can look up the Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast on iTunes or click this link: https://legacyhomeschoolreflections.blogspot.com/2019/02/legacy-homeschool-reflections-podcast_18.html

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You can find my book “Legacy Reflections of a Homeschooled Homeschooling Mama” and my husband’s book “Ordinary Homeschool Dad” on Amazon. We both have a heart to encourage dads and moms to disciple the hearts of their families for Christ.

I would love to hear your ideas for family worship and what this looks like in your family. May the Lord bless you, and thank you for listening to the podcast!

Remembering the Love of God During Valentine’s Week

This is Valentine’s week, and on today’s podcast I am talking about resting in the love of God and extending that love to those around us.

Would you consider sharing this podcast with your friends? My prayer is that more ladies will hear about the podcast and receive encouragement for the journey. May the Lord bless you this week and may we all remember how great is the love of God towards us. https://legacyhomeschoolreflections.blogspot.com/2019/02/legacy-homeschool-reflections-podcast_11.html

Winter Homeschool Burnout

It’s February, Friends. Do you like me sometimes start feeling a bit sluggish this time of year? By now we have been through months of cold and wet weather, but I do know that our Texas winters are mild compared to those of you in colder parts of the country. Hang in there, my Ohio friends!!! In general I think homeschooling mamas often start fizzling out this time of year and putting their sights on planning for the summer and thinking about the next school year. Sometimes it can just be difficult to finish well.

Our family actually schools year around, so I’m not focused on stopping school at a given point, but we are currently finishing up grade levels and preparing to start all new books. Also, to be perfectly honest with you, I’m feeling a bit stir crazy with so many people cooped up inside. I feel like we’re all tripping over one another these days, and we really need to spread out and get outdoors more. The problem is that our farm has been muddy for the longest time due to frequent rains and lack of sunshine. I have noticed that this time of year is just challenging to homeschoolers in that regard.

It is one thing to homeschool on pretty days when the children can run outside and play and I can tend to my garden, plant flowers, etc. Everything seems more nostalgic during those seasons of the year, but I admit that I often start feeling weary in the winter with more days inside, gloomy weather, and sick children. Can you relate? I am hopeful that today’s post will encourage you to press on in this journey; it is worth the hard days and the hard seasons!

I am a homeschool graduate from the pre-historic, vintage, pioneer days of the movement when homeschooling was not the cool thing to be doing. As I look back upon my homeschooling experience I am so thankful that I had good and godly teachers. This is because my parents chose to be my instructors and to disciple me according to Deuteronomy chapter six as we would “rise up, as we would lie down, and as we would walk along the way.”

Looking back I want to share some of the blessings I received through my homeschooling experience. My hope is that hearing these things will encourage you that even when the days are long and dreary it will be worth it in the long run.

Discipleship

First I am thankful that God used homeschooling to disciple my heart to know, love and follow Jesus Christ. My parents were good at basically making our home a 24 hour discipleship center. Whatever we were learning or doing, we were always talking about the ways of the Lord. Through their example I learned to think with a Biblical worldview.

Vision for Ministry

Additionally, my dad was a pastor, and I learned a lot about having a ministry mindset. I learned to live for the kingdom of God and to make choices in light of eternity. I saw the sacrifices my parents were making in ministry, and I became excited to work with them to further the kingdom of God and His righteousness. My dad and mom made me feel like I was an important part of the ministry team, and they brought me up giving me increasing opportunities to use my time to serve the Lord. Because I was at home I was afforded more time and opportunity to pour the years of my youth into ministry.

Time with Family

Because I was homeschooled I spent far more time with my parents and younger brother than I would have if I had attended a traditional school. Looking back I treasure this time. Life is speeding by so quickly, and I am thankful for the years that I was able to spend hours and hours making memories with my family.

Leading in Righteousness

As I mentioned above, my parents encouraged me to serve the Lord in my youth. They challenged me with the vision that Paul gave to Timothy.

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. – I Timothy 4:12

Growing up in my home, I was always encouraged to be a leader in righteousness. My parents taught me that even if I was the only one standing for what is right that I should stand alone. They encouraged me not to get caught up in foolishness in my youth but to lead others down paths of wisdom. Being challenged in this way really helped me to make wiser choices as a young lady, and I am so grateful now for their wisdom in giving me a vision to mature early and serve the Lord.

You may have noticed that I have not mentioned the education that I received through being homeschooled. That is because I don’t think education is the primary thing of importance here. I could have received an education from any other school experience, but only my parents could have discipled me in the way they did. Only my parents could love me with the dedicated love of a mom and dad who knew me better than anyone else. My parents made many sacrifices to homeschool me back in the vintage days of the movement. They did not have all the resources we homeschoolers have today. There were no huge homeschool conventions, there was no internet, and there was very limited curriculum available. Honestly they were just trying to keep our family safe and out of some kind of court battle. They were part of those trailblazing parents who fought for freedom to homeschool their children. We all stand upon the shoulders of those brave, grass roots, pioneering, homeschooling parents today. I will be forever grateful! The next time you are feeling a twinge of burnout, I hope you will reflect upon what my experience has been. Hopefully one day your children and my children will also rise up and say, “WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT OUR PARENTS CHOSE TO BE OUR TEACHERS.”

So, if you are feeling the winter blues, feeling beyond done with this school year, or just feeling blah today. I hope this long term vision encourages your heart. We don’t want to limit ourselves to a short term perspective on homeschooling. If we merely look at the here and now we will be tempted to throw in the towel on the hard days. However, if we think about where we want our children to be ten, fifteen, and twenty years down the road we will be able to pray for a generational and eternal perspective. May this verse be said of our families.

Be encouraged! Spring is coming, winter days will be gone. The Lord is faithful, and by His enabling power we can press on in the journey of home education and most importantly family discipleship. Blessings to you all!

Blessing the Lord at All Times

Welcome to episode 48 of the Legacy Homeschool Reflections Podcast. Today we are taking a look at Psalm 34 and finding encouragement to live a lifestyle of blessing the Lord at all times. Click link to listen https://legacyhomeschoolreflections.blogspot.com/2019/02/legacy-homeschool-reflections-podcast.html

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May the Lord be with you as we start another week and seek to proclaim His praises in all that we do. I appreciate you listening and would love it if you would share with your friends about the podcast. Have a wonderful week!

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