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For the Holiday You’re Running From

I run hard two miles early every other morning, my black shoes slapping the pavement with intensity.

I run hard. Hard enough to soak my shirt. Hard enough tear ligaments from my joints. Hard enough to shatter bones in my feet . . . twice.

I can’t run hard enough or fast enough.

“When was the last time you talked to him?” my husband innocently asked about the person wounding my soul. The soul scab ripped open, and I dashed down the street, breaking my own speed record the mile home, breaking into a sweat only when I burrowed into my closet under my blanket, patting away the sweat but unable to stop the internal bleeding.

I could not run from the reality full of pain.

He doesn’t love me. Did he ever love me?

The questions I cried out to God twenty years ago, two decades past when first abandoned and disowned, the same came back with greater intensity than before. Why again? Can there be no trust, no protection, no reconciliation? Am I just a thing to be used, paraded, then discarded? 

Will I always be running away?

The thick, comforting silence of the closet enveloped me as I lay my pounding head back on the fluffy blanket. In the quiet, I cried softly, then lay still, empty, alone. Who would find me? Who would care?

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?

I can run, but I can’t outrun God. He saw me racing down the street, and he is with me in the dark closet. 

If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

It can feel hellish. Even the Psalmist says that, so I can say it. Abandonment, rejection, abuse, slander, it’s all hellish and I can be assured the Lord is there with me.

If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.

Some of the best poetry ever written. I can say, “My closet will keep me safe. Just like I hid under my bed as a child, just like I locked myself in my closet as a preschooler, just like I stay up all night to avoid the traumatic nightmares, just like I hide in my closet right now . . . God sees me in the dark. He is the Light, and He will comfort me with His hand. 

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.

My Heavenly Father never says, “Don’t talk to me.” “Don’t call me again.” “Don’t come around.” “I can live without you.” Instead, He says only precious, loving things. He created me to delight in me and never will leave my side. He knows all about me, and He only loves me more.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.

For many of my friends, Father’s Day is hard. And we want to run hard until we break open the hurt and shatter the walls and bleed out the wounds that never seem to heal.

But this Father’s Day, our Heavenly Father wants us more. More to love, more to protect, more to cherish . . . more to celebrate.

“I am still with you.” 

Happy Heavenly Father’s Day.

Quotes from Ps. 139. 

rocking-ordinaryAre you hurting from unresolved relationships, a painful past, or rejection? Rocking Ordinary offers compassion, perspective, and a plan for growth and healing no matter your trial. Women in abusive marriages, women recovering from childhood trauma, and women ministering to the hurting and lonely have found resources and encouragement in these pages. If you’ve struggled with any of these, please know my prayers are with you this weekend. 

 

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Do You Need to Save Money on Homeschool Resources?

Most homeschool moms I talk to say it is a challenge to come up with the money to buy their homeschool needs.  I get that.  That is why I really want you to understand more about this Build Your Own Bundle Sale and how much it can help you get what you need. This sale is going to be amazing for those families who are looking for ways to save money on their homeschool resources.

I am super excited to be able to tell you about this great opportunity.  First, all the ladies in the sale Love God, I mean we pray for this sale to bless families and have been praying for several months.  It is amazing to be a part of this!!

The ONLY bundle sale that lets YOU pick & choose what to purchase!

There are 234 products priced up to $120 that you can choose from. There is even a NO PRICE CAP bundle this year!


Don’t forget that if you buy 2 Build Your OWN Bundles you will get the 3rd one for FREE!

Let me do some math for you:

Purchase 3 Basic Bundles of Five for just $50! That is 15 products priced $19.99 and under at a savings up to 83%!

Purchase 3 Basic Bundles of Ten for $78! That is 30 products priced $19.99 and under at a savings up to 87%

Purchase 3 Premium Bundles of Five and get the best savings!

  • 15 Products with NO PRICE CAP
  • Choose from 234 products priced up to $120
  • Total potential value: $1,094.91 for just $78.00! You can save up to 93% with the Buy 2 Get 1 FREE deal when you Build Your Own Premium Bundles!

Click here for complete details about the Buy 2 Get 1 FREE offer.

See, how this can help homeschool families struggling?  I love that I can save money on some extra fun items, and be able to spend a bit more on things I would normally have to pass on.

Here is a look at all the Bundles Available.

The BIGGEST Homeschool Sale of the Year - ends 5/30/17
Be sure to check out the Homeschool Helps Bundle, my Book Homeschool Made Easy is one of the 13 resources in the Bundle. Homeschool Helps Bundle - Save 91%!

Huge Homeschool Giveaway Worth over $4000!!

Get Ready to Save Money on Homeschool Goodies

Hey, remember when I wrote Homeschool Made Easy to help you streamline
your homeschooling and feel confident teaching YOUR way? I’m excited that there are so many AMAZING homeschool helps coming up in the Build Your Own Bundle Sale.  You can find encouragement for months!!

Enter to Win ALL 20 Bundles - Over $4,000 Value!

Build Your Own Bundle Sale! Two things you need to know:

1. YOU COULD SAVE up to 96% OFF of homeschool material you need anyway!
2. YOU COULD WIN all the bundles!This sale is HUGE!!  Enter to win every bundle in this sale!!
Guess what??? When you enter to win, you will get a coupon to use if you don’t win!!

Details:

  • One winner will win all 20 bundles
  • One winner will win a Premium Build Your OWN Bundle of Five
  • Entrants will earn 5 points for each referral who enters using their referral URL If an entrant refers a friend who wins – they BOTH win
  • Everyone who enters will get a coupon good off a Build Your OWN Bundle
  • We will email every entrant their coupon code and a reminder when the sale starts.

Enter to Win ALL 20 Bundles - Over $4,000 Value!
You do not want to miss out on this sale even if you don’t win!!!  Some of the biggest names in homeschooling resources will be up for grabs.  And get this… They will be up to 96% off!!!

FREE Homeschool Magazine

The Mar/Apr issue of Homeschool Enrichment Magazine is now free! The digital edition is remastered and beautiful, now convenient to read from all your devices.

This new version features a large, full-screen view of the beautiful graphics and content. Click anywhere on the page to zoom in and see every last detail.

This particular issue focuses on the subject of history as well as spring projects and ideas. Some of the topics include the following:

  • Rediscovering the Most Important Subjects
  • Reading Comprehension Show-and-Tell
  • Picture Books As History
  • Hands-On History
  • STEM For Your Early Learner
  • Dual Enrollment: Essential Skills
  • Mountaintop Moments
  • and much more!

You’ll find columns and advice for every stage of your student’s growth, as well as spiritual encouragement for yourself. I encourage you to check it out now.

Introducing “The Genuine Homeschool Mom”

You may have noticed a couple of changes around here. That’s because you told me so! Here’s why I’m blaming you for my new name, new logo, and new direction.

A couple of months ago, I asked your opinion about my writing, my books, my blog, and my social media presence. And it was all for a good reason.

I lost sight of why I was here in the first place.

I didn’t know what I was writing anymore, who I was writing it for, or why in the world they would want to read it. So I took some really good advice and conducted a branding survey. I asked a lot of open-ended questions because I just wanted to know what you really thought, not what you thought I wanted you to say. Know what I mean?

And I was blown away.

Over half of you said you read my blog and/or books because you find me “real and authentic” and still “encouraging and uplifting.” That was shocking, because I don’t look at myself as an encouraging person. I think of myself as panting after the encouragement!

But what struck me most was that over 93% of you used words like “real life, honest, truthful, not hiding anything, authentic . . . genuine.” And that’s when it all came together.

The Genuine Homeschool Mom

I’m not the celebrity homeschool mom, the magazine cover girl, the decorating guru, or the best-selling author mom. I’m not even the every-student-perfectly-coifed mom. But real, yeah, I got that in spades.

Real struggles. Real stacks of ungraded papers. Real grime under my fingernails. Real acne that will never go away. Real laundry piled behind me and real fingerprints on every. single. window.

Real homeschooling. Real family life. Real trauma. Real forgiveness. Real hope.

So here’s what to expect:

At least once a week, I’ll be sharing thoughts on homeschooling and real life, right here on the blog. I hope you’ll join in the conversation and even submit questions I can answer for you.

Very soon, I’ll be publishing more books. Homeschool High School Made Easy will be available in paperback and kindle versions fairly soon! And maybe even audiobook (*gasp!*),

In the next year or two, I will be publishing The World’s Most Awesome Homeschool Book Ever. I just have to find a publisher worthy of such a volume and brave enough to take on the project. Please be in prayer with me about that. Can you imagine — all the unfiltered truth about homeschooling in one book?! *swoon*

Every week, I’ll keep emailing my friends a personal note about what’s going on with the family and me. The “Genuine Homeschool Mom Newsletter” is even more transparent than this blog could ever hope to be, so if you want the unvarnished truth and the nitty-gritty and the cool giveaways, sign up right here.

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