How To Trust God With A Loved One’s Salvation

Hey, homeschoolers!

This month with the Trust Project we are discussing how to trust God with a loved one’s salvation. I think it’s especially challenging with our own kids.

We’ll dive into this topic in a moment, but first I want to invite you to join me at the Great Homeschool Conventions this year. Next month, I will be speaking and exhibiting in Ft. Worth, Greenville, South Carolina, and St. Louis. I’m excited to share strategies for homeschooling the strong-willed and dawdling child, managing sibling rivalry, and restoring your sanity in the midst of homeschool overwhelm. I’ll have special pricing at my booth on The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner, A Year of Living Productively, and Grammar Galaxy. My favorite part of speaking is getting to meet you in person. Please come say hello! You can get more information by going to greathomeschoolconventions.com.

Sponsor: Homeschool Moms Science Podcast

Next, I want to thank my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast.

This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science.
It’s hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry.
Topics covered include:
– when to take which middle and high school science classes
– What you haven’t been told about the ACT and SAT
– What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters
– How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students
– The keys to studying science
– The unusual benefit of daily graphing
– Your science teaching questions answered
– 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them
– And much more

Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms…
including the science story of meeting his wife.

Search for “Homeschool Moms Science Podcast” on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast

Trust Salvation Resources

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Thanks again to my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast. I will be back next month with the next topic in the Trust Project, trusting God with the world we live in. And oh, does that require trust lately, right?

Have a happy homeschool week.

Help for Anxious Homeschool Moms

Hey, homeschoolers!

Did you notice the new intro? I thought it was time for a change as we begin a new year and a new decade.

As I also prayed about topics to share on the podcast this year, I asked myself what I see as the biggest need of the homeschooling moms I talk with. One subject immediately came to mind: anxiety.

I have done a show on helping your anxious homeschooled child. And I believe that the entire Trust Project series addresses anxiety in moms. But I want to share more on this topic personally, professionally, and Scripturally.

Sponsor: Homeschool Moms Science Podcast

Before we dive in, I want to thank my sponsor: the Homeschool Moms Science podcast.

This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science.
It’s hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry.
Topics covered include:
– when to take which middle and high school science classes
– What you haven’t been told about the ACT and SAT
– What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters
– How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students
– The keys to studying science
– The unusual benefit of daily graphing
– Your science teaching questions answered
– 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them
– And much more

Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms…
including the science story of meeting his wife.

Search for “Homeschool Moms Science Podcast” on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast

Resources for Anxious Homeschool Moms

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If you have a mild problem with anxiety, I recommend listening to How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. I highly recommend the audiobook version.

I also recommend The Anxiety & Worry Workbook by Clark & Beck. These books will help you to think differently, thereby reducing your anxiety.

Christian biographies by the Benges

Join me next week for another installment of the Trust Project. We’ll discuss how to trust God for our loved one’s salvation.

Have a happy homeschool week!

 

How to Teach Kids About Money

Hey, homeschoolers!

After graduating three of my kids and seeing two more of them employed, I now believe that the financial education I gave my kids was even more important then I originally thought. The Bible devotes so much time to discussing money and possessions and with good reason. Our relationship with money can make or break us. That’s why I wanted to talk about teaching finance to kids in this episode.

Have you reviewed my books?

Before we dive in, I have a favor to ask of you. If you have purchased and enjoyed any of my books, I would love to have you take a moment to submit a review. Amazon reviews are a major factor in whether or not people make a purchase. I know I rely on them. Thank you so much for taking the time to help other homeschoolers benefit from the resources I’ve created.

First, click the link for the book you’ve purchased. Then click on the number of ratings link (1). This will open rating details with the option for you to write your own review below (2).

Grammar Galaxy Nebula

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Grammar Galaxy Yellow Star

Grammar Galaxy Red Star

The Organized Homeschool Life

A Year of Living Productively

Sponsor for Homeschool Sanity

I want to thank my sponsor for this episode, the homeschool science moms podcast.

This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science.
It’s hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry.
Topics covered include:
– when to take which middle and high school science classes
– What you haven’t been told about the ACT and SAT
– What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters
– How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students
– The keys to studying science
– The unusual benefit of daily graphing
– Your science teaching questions answered
– 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them
– And much more

Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms…
including the science story of Greg meeting his wife.

Search for “Homeschool Moms Science Podcast” on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast

How to Teach Kids About Money

Now for the topic of teaching kids about money. My guest today is Cynthia L Simmons.

Cynthia and her husband have five grown children and reside in Atlanta. A Bible teacher, certified writing and media coach, and former homeschool mom, she writes for Leading Hearts magazine and has written curriculum for Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She served as past president for Christian Authors Guild and directed Atlanta Christian Writers Conference for six years. Cynthia is fond of history and has a heart for younger women, offering them the elegance of God’s wisdom. She hosts a weekly radio program, Heart of the Matter Radio, and Cynthia Chats, a video packed with encouragement. Her author website is http://clsimmons.com.

Cynthia and I discussed:

  • What got her interested in teaching money management
  • What age we should begin teaching finance
  • The most important principles to teach our kids and teens about money

Pursuing Gold novel and curriculum

Connect with Cynthia on Instagram or Facebook.

Thanks again to my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science podcast. Next week join me for help for anxious homeschool moms.

Have a happy homeschool week!

How To Trust God To Overcome Sin


Hey, homeshoolers!

I hope your year is off to a good start. Mine is because I am trusting God more. This is our Trust Project episode and today we’re going to talk about sin. What a fun topic, right? But it’s huge. Maybe you trust God with your health and your kids, but it’s hard to believe that He has overcome sin in your life. If you struggle with that, know that I’m right there with you.

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Podcast Sponsor

Before we dive in, I want to thank our sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science podcast.

This new podcast is specifically geared toward helping homeschool moms teach and enjoy science.
It’s hosted by homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry.
Topics covered include:
– when to take which middle and high school science classes
– What you haven’t been told about the ACT and SAT
– What we learned from finding and choosing colleges for our homeschooled daughters
– How teaching science should differ for likely science major students and non-science students
– The keys to studying science
– The unusual benefit of daily graphing
– Your science teaching questions answered
– 4 science teaching mistakes and how to avoid them
– And much more

Listen to this upbeat, encouraging, sometimes humorous podcast for homeschool moms…
including the science story of meeting his wife.

Search for “Homeschool Moms Science Podcast” on your favorite podcast app or visit CollegePrepScience.com/podcast

How to Trust God to Overcome Sin Resources

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I am praying for you as you seek to trust the Lord with the sin you haven’t been able to overcome in yuor own strength.

Do you struggle to trust God in this area? Comment and let me know.

Thanks again to my sponsor, the Homeschool Moms Science Podcast. Join me next week as my guest and I discuss teaching kids about money.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Productivity Tips For A New Year

Hey, homeschoolers!

It’s a new year and time for a renewed focus on our priorities as homeschooling moms. God has taught me a lot about managing my time this year. One thing I’ve learned is that I don’t have to look for the productivity holy grail. It’s normal for me to search for a new tool, a new schedule, and even a new book to read to inspire me. Newness almost always inspires action!

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The only problem with looking for the new is the expense of buying books, courses, or planners. If you’re like me with shiny object syndrome–you’re often on to the next thing to improve your productivity–I have good news! The Ultimate Productivity Bundle has all the productivity inspiration you need all year long, including my book, A Year of Living Productively. For just $47, you’ll have access to 72 other eBooks, eCourses, and printables on conquering your to-do list, reaching your goals, and freeing up more time. That’s 97% off! But hurry! While you can take your time working through these amazing resources this year, the bundle is only available through January 9th. To see what’s included, check it out here.

Now on to the productivity tips you can use this year. My guest today is Amy Michaels. Amy is a teacher turned homeschooler and coach, who has been on the podcast before. I really like her planning and prioritizing strategies and I know you will too.

We discussed:

  • how to determine your priorities as a busy homeschool mom
  • how can we maintain margin in our lives?
  • how can business moms in particular keep family life in focus?

Productivity Tips Resources

A Year of Living Productively

Listen to my previous podcast with Amy here

Strategic Year Plan

ConsistentBusinessMoms.com

Have a happy homeschool week!

The Most Important Areas To Organize This Year

Hey, homeschoolers!

Soon, we’ll be in a new year. It’s that time when many of us think of goals like getting organized. You know you’re unlikely to organize everything in a year, so what are the most important areas for homeschoolers to focus on? My answer may surprise you.

Organize Your Homeschool Life All Year

Before we jump in, I want to offer you the digital version of my book, the Organized Homeschool Life for just $7! This year, you can organize more than just the most important areas of your homeschooling life. You’ll be given 15-minute missions that will help you in curriculum planning, preparing for seasons and holidays, and special areas like organizing a business or hobby.

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The Most Important Areas to Organize This Year – Resources

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Change Your Life Bible

Routines with FLYLady

Organized Homeschool LIVE

Have a happy homeschool week and a very happy new year! Hope to see you inside the boot camp.

Organized Christmas Boot Camp

Hey, homeschoolers!

Last week I asked homeschoolers on Facebook how organized they felt they were on a scale of 1 to 10. Some moms told me that they were feeling good about their Christmas preparation. But other moms told me that they weren’t organized at all. In fact, a few felt completely overwhelmed and relatively hopeless about their ability to create a peaceful Christmas celebration.

That response spurred me into action for two reasons. First I have a heart for homeschooling moms who struggle with organization because I’ve been there. One of the callings on my life is to help homeschooling moms get organized enough to do all the things God has called them to do. I wanted to help out of that passion.

But the second reason I was spurred into action is because I am feeling a bit overwhelmed myself. As I drew upon the strategies I know from experience will help me overcome the overwhelm, I knew I wanted to share the process.

So this episode is all about getting organized for Christmas. I’m calling it an organized Christmas boot camp because I expect you to take action and not just hear what I’m saying. I know you know where I’m coming from on that. I’ve been as guilty as anyone of just listening to podcasts without actually doing anything differently. I’ve created a boot camp workbook for you. You can download it at HomeschoolSanity.com/Christmasbootcamp

Organized Homeschool LIVE

First, I want to tell you about a boot camp coming this January. It’s for homeschooling moms who crave peace and order in their homes. Imagine completing challenges that set you up for success this year and getting them done in just one day! It’s called Organized Homeschool LIVE and it’s unlike any other organizing resource out there. Rather than a book or course that you may or may not get to, Organized Homeschool LIVE is a scheduled online workshop. We’ll get our homes and lives organized together on January 3rd. And unlike most resources, this boot camp isn’t just for you. I don’t expect you to find time away from your kids to do the challenges. You’ll be doing them together! To learn more, go to psychowith6.com/organized-homeschool-live. Purchase your ticket now at a substantial savings! You’ll receive the Organized Homeschool Life ebook and digital planner AND you’ll get private group coaching with me. We’ll tackle the issues that steal your homeschool sanity before the boot camp starts. I hope to see you there.

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Now I’d like to thank our sponsor for this episode, the Overcomer movie. I loved this movie and so did my family. It’s now available on DVD. Listen to this.

 

Organized Homeschool Boot Camp

It’s time now to get our work boots on and get this Christmas organized. Are you with me? Great! This is a four-day boot camp. So you have my permission to listen to one challenge at a time and take action.

Challenge #1

The first challenge is the trusting God challenge. Yes, every month I do an episode as part of the Trust Project. In fact, if you haven’t listened to the episode I did last week on trusting God for our success, I won’t mind if you pause this podcast to listen to it. I’ve already heard from a number of you that that podcast really spoke to you.

We are going to apply the same Trust project principles that we’ve been using for other areas to getting organized for Christmas.

The first letter of trust is T and T is for truth. What is the truth about what is God’s truth about getting organized for Christmas?

The story about Mary and Martha is perfect for our purposes. I’m reading from Luke 10:38-42.

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Notice that Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. Does that sound like you? I know it sounds like me! Notice, too, that Martha feels put upon that she has to do it all. I know I’ve felt that way! As I see my husband and kids enjoying themselves, I feel resentment. I want the Lord to put them to work!

Some interpret this passage as Jesus saying we are to spend our days in prayer and in the Word because this is the most important thing. But I see it differently. Jesus corrects Martha for being worried and upset about many things. We know that Jesus doesn’t expect us to sit and pray all day, although some time for this is powerful! Instead, I think He was telling us that we can only focus on one thing at a time. What should that one thing be? That’s our action step for challenge one, which we will get to in a moment.

For now, T is for Truth. Spend extra time in God’s Word today and I know you’ll experience peace and clarity.

The R in TRUST is for Remember. How many times have you lain in bed like I have, worrying about getting all the things done. I did that just last night and realized that I have done this countless times. Yet I cannot recall even one instance in which not getting things done created a crisis. God has been faithful.

The U in TRUST is for understanding. God has already given you and me wisdom for getting organized for Christmas. We just have to trust and obey it. It may be that we need to drop the perfectionism, cancel some activities, engage our family members in helping out, or simplify activities, but we know what to do.

The S in TRUST is for supplication. We need to pray for help. I recall a time when I was a young mom and just learning to connect with the Lord through prayer and Bible reading. I was facing an extraordinarily overcommitted day. I was honestly in panic mode, wondering how I was going to get it all done. But I felt called to pray. I did and to my wonderment, my commitments began being canceled one by one. I honestly couldn’t believe it. What means the most to me and is the reason I remember this circumstance so well, is the fact that I was responsible for the overcommitted stress I was in. No one had forced me to agree to all of the activities that I had agreed to. Even though that was true, God in His mercy made it possible for me to have a day that was easily managed.

Pray today for God to help you with the mess you’re in and I know He will.

The T in TRUST is for Thanksgiving. I recently received a newsletter from Terri Maxwell about Christmas overwhelm. She encouraged us to give thanks when we have too much to do. What a good reminder! What a blessing that we can freely celebrate Christmas, that we have a family to celebrate with, and even that we get to have another Christmas. Spend time giving thanks to the Lord for the blessings attached to the overwhelm and watch the overwhelm disappear.

Now it’s time for the action step for the first challenge. What one thing would God have you do right now? I’m going to read you a favorite poem on this topic. You can find a link to it in the show notes. You may consider printing it so you can reflect on it as you work.

Do The Next Thing Printable

Now stop listening to the podcast and do the next thing. I’ll be waiting with the second challenge when you get back.

Challenge #2

Welcome to Challenge #2. The idea behind this challenge is focusing on a few things that are really important to you this holiday. We simply can’t have it all. Make a list of the three parts of the season that mean the most to you. I have space for you to record this in your workbook. If you could only have three wishes for Christmas, what would they be? For me, they are attending church as a family on Christmas Eve, opening meaningful gifts with my family that night, and enjoying a big family party on Christmas Day.

For each of these, what are the most important aspects of these to you? Which parts of these three wishes matter most? Write them down. Then write any to-do’s you have associated with these on the separate Christmas to-do list I’ve included in your workbook.

Let’s take attending church as my example. I used to dress my kids and my husband and myself in matching outfits. Finding the pieces in the right sizes was a challenge! I don’t do that anymore. My adult boys would likely have a fit! What my kids wear to church isn’t a focus. Now what’s most important to me about our church attendance is that I’m relaxed, focused on worship, knowing that dinner is ready for us when we get home. That affects my meal planning and the service we plan to attend. It also helps me to know that I want to leave in plenty of time, so we aren’t struggling to find seats together. Thinking through this prompts me to realize that I need to have our dinner in the crockpot (I’m making potato cream cheese soup again this year), and I need to let my sister-in-law know what time we are leaving for church as she will be attending with us.

Next, I will think about meaningful gifts. It’s tempting for me to take a shortcut on gifts and just give my older boys cash. But exchanging heartfelt gifts is really important to me. So I won’t skimp there. Instead, I need to research and shop for gifts I know they’ll love. That will go on my to-do list.

I want you to go through the three most important aspects of the holiday, writing down the key parts of each for you. Then write down any tasks associated with these on your to-do list. Begin working on one of those tasks. Pause the podcast and do that now.

Challenge #3

Welcome to Challenge #3. The idea behind this challenge is to add the other things you need to do to your list. You’ve already made a list of critical tasks. Use a highlighter in the color of your choice to mark those tasks. The highlighting will tell us that these are top priority.

Next, I want you to go on a task scavenger hunt. The first place I want you to look is your calendar. Look at each thing you have coming up before and around the holidays. What tasks do you have to do associated with them? Add those to your to-do list. For example, I have an ugly Christmas sweater party this week. I am bringing a dip. I need to not only make the dip but add the groceries needed to my grocery list.

The second place I want you to look is your snail mail. Do you have invitations to respond to? Write them down. Do you have bills coming due? Write them down.

The third place I want you to look is your purse. Look for receipts for things you need to return, notes, and invitations. Write down associated tasks on your list.

The fourth place I want you to look is your email. Skim your email to look for actions you have to take before the holidays. Write these down.

The final place I want you to look is your phone. Check your voicemail, texts, and social media messages. Look for Facebook event invitations as well. Write down any associated tasks.

If you think of other tasks as you go, add them to the list.

We are going to whittle this list down in the next challenge. But for now, work on another highlighted task. Pause the podcast and do that now.

Challenge #4

Welcome to Challenge #4. The idea behind this challenge is task triage. Like emergency room personnel, we can’t attend to all the issues at once. You know that you need to focus on your highlighted tasks, but what about the other tasks on the list?

We’re going to star the tasks that must be done today. The Bible says that each day has enough trouble of its own. We aren’t going to worry about what has to be done next week. We’re going to focus on today. If there is a task that you would stay up late into the night completing because the benefits of getting it done today are big or the costs of not doing it today are great, then star it. You should have a small number of tasks that absolutely, positively have to be done today.

Add these tasks to do today using the sample daily page from the Organized Homeschool Life planner that’s in your workbook. You’ll be reminded to not just work but to spend time with God and a loved one, and you’ll be prompted to plan a reward for all your hard work!

When you’ve completed the left side of the page, you’ll create a loose schedule for your day on the right–morning, afternoon, and evening. This plan will give you the opportunity to plan how you might spend time with a family member while completing one of your tasks. As you work within time limits, you may see tasks that can be dropped, delegated, or simplified.

Continue to work this way until you are ready for Christmas and beyond! If you enjoyed this Christmas boot camp, I think you’ll love Organized Homeschool LIVE this January. Go to

http://psychowith6.com/organized-homeschool-live to learn more. But don’t wait! Launch pricing ends after December 12th.

Thanks again to our sponsor, the Overcomer movie. Be sure to check it out on DVD. Join me next week when we discuss the most important areas of your homeschool life to organize for the new year.

Have a happy homeschool week!


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How To Trust God With Your Homeschool Success

Hey, homeschoolers!

It’s time for another installment of the Trust Project. This month we will focus on trusting God with our success–success in our homeschools, parenting, work, business, ministry, and more. I’m excited about this focus.

But before we jump in, I want to share two things with you. First, I want to give you a sneak peek at something I’m working on to help you have success in living the Organized Homeschool Life. I’ve written the book that gives you 15-minute missions to organize your life all year. Some moms take the book and enjoy success with it alone.

Others wonder how to fit even 15-minute missions into their days. That’s why I created the Organized Homeschool Life planner. You take a few minutes to plan every important thing into your day–your time with God, your dinner, your relationship focus, your priority tasks, and even a reward for a day well spent.

 

But there are some moms who tell me they want me to come home with them and their book and planner and help them get organized. I really wish I could because I know if we worked together to implement a few simple organizing strategies, your life would be transformed. You’d be living the organized homeschool life this year!

I’m working on a way for us to work together to make that happen. I’m so excited about it because it incorporates everything I know about life change and being a busy homeschool mom. I’m calling it Organized Homeschool LIVE. If you want more details as soon as they’re available, join the waitlist.

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Have a happy homeschool week!

What area is hardest to trust God for success with? Let me know in the comments.

How To Use Story To Grow Your Kids’ Faith

Hey, homeschoolers!

I am so excited about today’s topic. I believe story is the most powerful way to teach, so of course, I believe in using story to teach our kids the faith. The Bible and Jesus Himself used story to teach, but today we’ll talk about another way story can inspire our children with my guests Janet and Geoff Benge, authors of the Christian Heroes and Heroes of History series, published by Youth With a Mission.

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Before we get to the interview, I want to share a time-sensitive offer with you. Grammar Galaxy, the curriculum that uses story to teach all language arts concepts, is 20% off now through Cyber Monday with code THANKS. Go to GrammarGalaxyBooks.com/shop and enter the code for the biggest savings of the year. My deepest desire is for kids to love reading and writing the way that I and Janet and Geoff Benge do. So many homeschool parents tell me that Grammar Galaxy has motivated their kids to read and write. They even tell me grammar is their child’s favorite subject!

 

 

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Now I’d like to thank our sponsor, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a Sony/Affirm Films movie. Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. This is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, showing the power of forgiveness.

How to Use Story to Grow Kids’ Faith with Janet and Geoff Benge

Before I introduce Janet and Geoff Benge, I have to tell you how I met Janet. I attended the 2 to 1 Conference in October. This is a conference for Christian homeschool content creators. The first activity was an ice breaker in which we were randomly paired with someone. We were to ask a few questions of our partner so we could introduce her to the group. Janet told me she was with Benge Books. I asked her what kind of books she wrote and she said Christian and History Heroes. I said, “Oh, like the ones YWAM publishes?” She said, “Yes, those are the books.” I looked at her nametag again and understood why her name seemed so familiar. I promptly burst into tears and hugged her. I told her that her books had changed my life and my children’s lives for eternity. I asked her if she would do me the honor of appearing on the podcast and the following interview is the result.

Janet and Geoff Benge have written together for 33 years. They learned the craft of writing from another husband and wife writing team, John and Elizabeth Sherrill, authors of The Cross and the Switchblade, The Hiding Place, God Smuggler, and many other classic Christian books. Their mission in writing is to entertain, inform, and inspire their readers. Their own lives are a testimony to the power of God. Janet is dyslexic yet is the author of more than 300 books. I know you will love these two as I do.

The Geoffs and I discussed:

  • their personal faith stories
  • how they came to write Christian and History Heroes biographies
  • how their research of heroes affects them personally
  • their favorite heroes of the faith
  • how we can reach kids of various ages and faith stages through story

Resources for growing your kids faith through story

George Muller biography

Adoniram Judson biography

John Williams biography

Dietrich Bonhoeffer biography

Richard Wurmbrand biography

Klaus-Dieter John biography

Charles Mulli biography

Hudson Taylor biography

Nate Saint biography

Amy Carmichael biography

Gladys Aylward biography

Find the Benges at BengeBooks.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Thanks again to our sponsor, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood movie.

Have a happy Thanksgiving if you are celebrating this week!

How To Work Or Run A Business And Homeschool Too

Hey, homeschoolers!

I’m commonly asked how to homeschool and work or run a business too. That’s our topic for this week. I invited industrial psychologist, Dr. Cheryl LeJewell Jackson to join me. I think you will really appreciate her excellent tips. More on that in a moment!

Join our community

First, I would love to have you join us in The Organized Homeschool Life group on Facebook. Each day we are sharing the organizing missions we’re completing. I shared a before photo of my messy vanity in the group this morning, and guess what? I have yet to organize it. I will feel bad if I don’t take a few minutes to get it done. We inspire one another to make organizing a daily habit rather than an event.  I’m looking forward to getting to know you there.

Our sponsor

Now I’d like to thank our sponsor, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a Sony/Affirm Films movie. Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. This is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, showing the power of forgiveness.

How to Work or Run a Business and Homeschool Too

My guest today is Dr. Cheryl LeJewell Jackson. After earning her doctorate in industrial / organizational psychology, Dr. Jackson spent 15 years conducting job design, competency modeling, and organization design as well as designing selection, performance management, and leader development programs for Fortune 500 companies, the US Military, and non-profit organizations. Despite her corporate experience, her first job was in her family’s business printing t-shirts. In addition to consulting, Dr. Jackson serves as a lecturer at Texas A&M University and serves on the board of directors for a local food pantry in her community. She recently published two books, a novel, Strong. Brave. Powerful. highlighting the impact and recovery of domestic abuse and a non-fiction, Family Business, which is a Christian-based approach to applying talent management principles to entrepreneurship and running a family. In her free time, she enjoys speaking to women, teaching Bible studies, playing flute in her church orchestra, and chasing after her two boys who are 4 and 2 years old.

Dr. Jackson and I discussed:

  • how to juggle the various roles homeschool moms have
  • how to deal with mom guilt when working
  • how to create a positive family culture while working or running a business

Find Dr. Jackson at CherylLeJewell.com and ThePsychoMom.com.

Does the idea of dedicated time for work and family appeal to you? Let me know in the comments.

Conclusion

Thanks again to my sponsor, A Beautiful Day Movie.

Join me next week as I interview Janet and Geoff Benge, authors of Christian and History’s Heroes bioraphies from Youth With a Mission about using story to grow our kids’ faith.

Have a happy homeschool week!

 


Thank you to our Sponsor – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Movie!

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.