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12/4/2008 10:02:20 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter--December 2008

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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter
December 2008--Are You Willing to Give God a Chance?
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Dear Friends,

With Christmas festivities immersing you this month, we thought it
would be an excellent time to step away from providing practical high
school tips. Instead, we've asked Elizabeth Smith, wife of HSLDA
President Mike Smith, to give you some words of encouragement to
finish this year strong and look towards 2009 with hope.

Elizabeth takes over from here.

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For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to
show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect [at
peace with or loyal] toward him..."
II Chronicles 16:9 KJV

I find this verse one of the most personally inspiring verses in the
entire Bible. Let me share how it became such a powerful life verse
for me in the hope that it will bless you as well.

I have been speaking about homeschooling teens for over 20 years. I
have a list entitled "Ten Reasons to Homeschool Teens" that has been
shared at conferences and in magazines across the country. Several
years ago I was preparing my notes for a talk when I felt the Lord was
getting my attention and sending a very clear thought to my mind,
"There's another reason to homeschool your teens. I want to show
Myself strong on your behalf." II Chronicles 16:9 immediately became
the 11th reason on my list of reasons to homeschool teens.

Over the years I have come to realize that the Lord wants his Word to
be very personal to us. He wants it to be a "living Word" in our
lives. Each day in my quiet time I open the scriptures expecting to
hear from Him, and I try to take it as personally as I can.

In that vein, let's take a closer look at this verse and see how each
one of us can be encouraged in our commitment to homeschool to know
that we are not alone in the task.

It is hard for me to wrap my mind around the concept that He is going
back and forth over the whole world, continually scanning the earth,
seeking us out and searching for those of us who are completely loyal
to him. To me it means God is pursuing us with a desire to walk with
us everyday. He says He does this because he wants to "show" His
strength in the things we face day in and day out. He knows our
frailties and the limitations of our human condition. And because He
is a loving God, it gives Him pleasure to meet our needs in this way.

Of all the compelling reasons to continue to homeschool our teens,
none compares to these few powerful words that tell us that the Lord
wants to meet us where we are with His help and strength.

Saint Paul knew how to tap into God's strength for his life. In II
Corinthians 12:10 he says, "Therefore I take pleasure in my
infirmities...for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then I am
strong." KJV

The necessary ingredient we need for God to release His strength in
our lives is humility. All we need to do is acknowledge our own need
or weakness. Our willingness to humble ourselves and admit that we
can't do it without Him is all He asks.

Wouldn't it be a little insulting to the Lord for Him to make us this
offer and for us to disregard it? Hasn't He proved Himself by sending
His own Son to earth to give His life to satisfy God's requirement
that our sins be covered by Jesus' blood sacrifice? What more could
God do to prove His love for us? It is through God's sheer power, or
strength, that He raised His Son from the dead and won the final
victory over sin and death. It is this very strength that is made
available to us when He offers "to show Himself strong" on our behalf.

So, when we begin to doubt our ability to homeschool through high
school, when we feel we can't teach challenging courses, or our
children are pressuring us to go to "normal" school, or we worry that
they won't get into the college of their choice, perhaps it is time to
remember the Lord's offer to provide us with the strength we need.

I want to leave with you a prayer to pray when doubt sets in:

Dear loving Heavenly Father,

I face so many unknowns as I consider the decision to homeschool
through high school. You know my fears and concerns. I confess that in
my own strength I can't do it, but with your help I know I can. Right
now I ask you for your strength to continue to teach through the teen
years. Please grant me the grace to do what you have called me to do.
Thank you for answering my prayer.

In Jesus name, Amen

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We hope that Elizabeth's words bring renewal and vision to you as we
come to the end of 2008. We send our heartfelt wishes that the peace
and joy embodied in the birth of our Savior will overwhelm you with an
increased appreciation of His great love for you and your children.

Merry Christmas,
Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Coordinators

COLLEGE ENTRANCE TESTS

Not sure about how to register your teen for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT for
2009? Details are provided in our testing section.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5825

BROCHURES

HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School brochures are available online
and may also be ordered in bulk for your support group by sending your
request to info@hslda.org. Brochures include: Developing a Plan for
High School, Recordkeeping, Keeping on Track: A Time Line for High
School, Off to Work We Go, and Navigating the Road to College
Admissions.

BECKY AND DIANE'S UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

March 7, 2009 -- Central Savannah River Area Home Education
Association (CSRA HEA) (Augusta, GA),
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5586
(Becky)

March 27-28, 2009 -- APACHE (Peoria, IL)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5587
(Diane)

April 2-4, 2009 -- MACHE (Minnesota)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5180
(Becky & Diane)

April 17, 2009 - HSLDA Second Annual High School Symposium
(Purcellville, VA)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5588
(Becky and Diane along with other featured speakers)

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

June 4-6, 2009 -- LEAH (Rochester, New York)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5826
(Diane)

June 18-20, 2009 -- CHEC (Colorado)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5827
(Diane)

July 17-18, 2009 -- AFHE (Arizona)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5589
(Becky)


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http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1105

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