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Hot! From Scared Kindergarten Mama to College Bound

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Twelve years. 

I was a scared mom, crying, no screaming, out to the Lord for guidance.

I knew He was calling me to homeschool, but I.DID.NOT.WANT.TO!

Turmoil amongst family and my own self-pride were holding me back.

What would people think?

I’m not equipped to do this!

This is crazy!

But God.


He called me, equipped me, and has enabled our family to thrive. Over these 12 years that we have been homeschooling, it is impossible to list all the things He has taught us, all the ways He has grown us, and all the things He has provided for us.

I never imagined in my wildest dreams we would continue all the way to senior year.

But God.


Next year will be the LAST year for that little girl. The one I struggled to decide if this was something I could do. And He has done above and beyond all I could ask or imagine.

I can hardly catch my breath. 

We visited our first college yesterday with that little girl, now a young woman. And while it was exciting and nerve-wracking and filled with how-on-earth-will-we-do-this moments, I have such peace.

The peace that surpasses all understanding.

Because I have seen firsthand the fruit of obedience.

I stepped out in faith when I didn’t want to.

And He has done above and beyond all I could ask or imagine.


So I have no doubt, as we approach this last and final year of homeschooling and ultimately the “real life” we have been preparing for all this time...He’s in control. He is good. His plans prevail.

As we drove home exhausted from a long day, I started to feel overwhelmed. And I was quickly reminded of that little girl and how God has led us this far…not in our strength but in His.

And a supernatural wave of peace surrounded me. 

Seek Him first and this will all fall into place. His plans always prevail.

Will I have moments of doubt and fear over the next 18 months? You know it! But praise the Lord, if I continue to seek His face, those will be overshadowed by His precious peace.

He’s got this. Just as He did 12 years ago. I can rest in knowing that His plans are always good. My fears are replaced by my faith. 

Life in our own strength is not life at all, but life surrendered to Him is abundant and full.






This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life-changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

Check out where I am speaking in 2018—-> SPEAKING (UPDATED)

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Karen DeBeus

Karen is the author of Simply Homeschool, Called Home, and Bible Based Homeschooling. She is passionate about encouraging homeschooling families on their journey to keep their eyes on the One who called them here. She can also be found blogging about all things simple at Simply Living for Him.

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