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9/4/2008 10:18:32 AM
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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter -- September 2008

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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter
September 2008--Singing His Promises
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Dear Friends,

With the beginning of a new school year, we reflect back on our
personal homeschooling days with a variety of emotions. We remember
the "thrill of victory and the agony of defeat!" Can anyone relate?

As we traveled to homeschool conferences and had the opportunity to
meet many of you, some of you shared with us, "You two are so
real--you're just like us." It's true, we are. That's how we know
that September may be a good month to share with you an encouraging
word.

More than likely, there will be days over the next school year when
you may feel discouraged, weary, fearful, or depressed. When you do
(notice we didn't say "if you do"--are we pessimists or realists?), we
hope you keep in mind some basic truths that will reorient you and
keep you going. The following thoughts are based on familiar hymns
and choruses.

In His Time
Beginning the year lifting your voices in prayer and praise will
definitely cause your family to rejoice in the One who lays out your
paths and leads you according to His time. Usually, stress increases
when we run ahead of the Lord's timing, but peace and joy reign when
we remember--

"He makes all things beautiful in His time."

How Firm a Foundation
When something gives way (the science experiment blows up, the algebra
lesson is beyond your capabilities to decipher, your teen's hormones
are going in the opposite direction of yours) and you want to quit,
remember that your foundation is unshakeable. The Lord keeps His
promises, and He will never leave you nor forsake you. His strength
will lift you up on days when sleeping in sounds better than getting
up, or when friends ask once again why you are homeschooling high
school. Don't grow weary, but persevere and know that it's the hard
times that grow deep roots.

"Fear not I am with thee; O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give you aid."

Breathe on Me, Breath of God
On some school days, a fresh breeze would be heaven sent, wouldn't it?
As you anticipate teaching American history in a fresh way, or think
of a creative method to teach Shakespeare, or find another source of
help for the Spanish lessons that have you puzzled, ask the Lord for a
brand new perspective. He delights in proving Himself to be your
Provider, Sustainer, and miracle Worker! You are doing a mighty work.
Trust the Lord to supply you with His own version of manna from
heaven.

"Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love, and do what Thou wouldst
do."

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Some days we allow our joy to be sapped by circumstances--in the case
of homeschoolers, often it's too much activity and too little time.
Slow down, weed busyness out of your life, and make a conscious effort
to walk in joy. Listen to praise and worship music, begin your day
soaking in a couple verses from God's word, and thank the Lord for
your many blessings. Spread joy in your home by taking time to
encourage your teen each day. Joy is a gift of the Spirit, and it
will transform you.

"Thou art giving and forgiving, Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living, Ocean depth of happy rest."

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
For some of you, disappoint fills your heart. With all your efforts,
you are tempted to ask, "Where's the fruit?" Your teen may lag
academically, lack spiritual maturity, or excel in foolishness. Your
relationship with your teen may be in tatters. Where's the hope? Your
hope is dependent on the depth of your understanding of the love of
Christ for you--and for your teen. When you are convinced that the
Lord loves you lavishly, completely, and unconditionally, you'll want
to love your teen in the same way. You'll be able to love the
unlovable. You won't shy away from training and correcting, but you'll
do so with tenderness, compassion, and humility--as a fellow sinner in
need of grace. None of us have the power to do this on our own, but
the Lord can help us do the impossible! (Memorize a verse or two on
the love of God: For example, Ephesians 3:14-19, Romans 5:8, or Psalm
89:1-4.)

"O the deep, deep love of Jesus, Vast unmeasured, boundless,
free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean, In its fullness over me,
Underneath me, all around me, Is the current of Thy love;
Leading onward, leading homeward, To my glorious rest above."

Blest Be the Tie That Binds
Even though our homeschooling days are behind us, we continue to be
bound together with you in Christian love. As you are encouraged, turn
and encourage another. The result will be a lighter spirit and joy
filled heart.

"Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.
We share our mutual woes, our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows the sympathizing tear."

We hope that during this school year these truths will pop into your
minds when you most need to be heartened. Thank you once again for the
outlay of love and sacrifice you are making in your teens' lives. You
will reap a harvest--for eternity.

Join us next month as we discuss adding electives and extracurricular
activities to your high school program.


Grateful for grace in our lives,

Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Coordinators

FAQs
For those new to homeschooling high school, check out these FAQs that
cover the basics of high school at home.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5478

MP3 sets of HSLDA High School Symposium seminars "Essentials of
Teaching High School at Home" for sale
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5479

Becky and Diane's Speaking Engagements

October 10, 2008--Map Your Future,
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5480
Indianapolis, IN
(Becky and Diane)

November 10, 2008--Chapelgate Home Education Program (CHEP)
Marriottsville, MD Contact: Lisa Hamby zhamfam@verizon.net
(Diane)

November 22, 2008--Chesapeake Community Church
Joppa, MD Contact: Donna Hepler triplehep@comcast.net
(Becky and Diane)
March 27-28, 2009--APACHE (Peoria, IL)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5481
(Diane)
April 2-4, 2009--MACHE (Minnesota)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5482
(Becky & Diane)

April 17, 2009--Second Annual HSLDA High School Symposium
(Purcellville, VA)
(all new seminars and breakout sessions )
(Becky, Diane, and other speakers--more details to come, but save the
date!)

May 22-23, 2009--CheNH (New Hampshire)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5181
(Becky)

July 17-18, 2009--AFHE (Arizona)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5483
(Becky)

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