Welcome to #breakthrulinkup #1!


Welcome, welcome, welcome to my new “digs!” Hope you make yourself at home as I start a brand new link party here!

Actually, this will forever be known to me as “the link party that almost wasn’t” and I’ll tell you why…

Over the past weekend, I launched BreakthroughHomeschooling as a spinoff of sorts from PatAndCandy. I worked pretty much nonstop getting all my ducks in a row this past month preparing it to happen – or so I thought. On Saturday I got the ball rolling with the technical behind-the-scenes stuff, and…nothing happened.

Well, what I mean is BreakthroughHomeschooling.com went “live” but there were NO articles on it; no posts, no pages, no content of any kind. And y’all, I had written over 800 articles over the past few years!

To say that I panicked is an understatement. Of course, hubby was around, as well as our son who’s been away at school, so I really didn’t want to make it all about me. But I think you can imagine what was going on in my mind and heart and stomach.

I was truly not thinking straight. I reached out to everyone and anyone for ideas (starting with my blog host, but don’t get me started on that one). It was not looking good, friends, and I started actually thinking that perhaps I was being called to give it all up. Just chuck the laptop.

Yup – throw in the towel, call it quits, toss out the baby with the bathwater…

Till my daughter proposed something. “Mom,” she said, “you’ve got so much planned for that new website. Tools and information that will help so many new homeschoolers. And you may even be able to take some of the financial pressure off of dad, too. Looks like you’ve got Satan running scared; this would be the perfect way for him to get you discouraged and just quit.”

And I started wondering about that. Not that I’m “all that and a bag of chips,” mind you, but that how often Satan works overtime to get us to quit. For me, it was blogging. But maybe for you, it’s something else.

Maybe your kids are nearing high school and you’re thinking that it’s time to enroll them in a traditional school. Maybe you don’t feel equipped for the task of educating them at this level and preparing them for college or a career. Maybe you even feel like you’ll ruin their future, or it’s too hard, or you just don’t have what it takes.

With the grace of God, and despite an embarrassing, convoluted mix-up, I found someone who is even-as-I-write working on digging up my old posts, retrieving that content that represents over two decades of experience, and gathering together the bits of wisdom from my own journey that has helped thousands of readers over the years.

Consolidating everything so I can review it, renew it, and improve it for many more homeschooling moms to come. Maybe even you, if you’re finding yourself ready to give up your homeschooling pursuits…

I’m so glad I serve a God Who is a redeemer. He called me to share my story over the years, to blog about homeschooling and what He has taught me through it. He called me to come alongside others and teach and encourage them in their efforts. And what Satan meant for evil, God redeemed for future blessing.

Today I’m so grateful for His leading and I’m praising him in the words of Psalm 106:10: He saved them from the hand of the foe; from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them. It’s not hyperbole to say that God redeemed my scary situation this weekend. And no matter what the outcome, I’m choosing to give Him the glory in it.

I’m also grateful I’ll be able to continue sharing with all y’all!

Are you facing a struggle these days that needs a touch of the Redeemer? Are you tempted to quit something that can be a blessing to others, too? I’m hoping and praying that you stay the course: lift it up, let it go, and wait on Him!

This post was proofread by Grammarly

And now let’s party…

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