Rachael Carman speaking at Real Refreshment Retreats 2014 - HisSunflower.com


Here is one of my latest key note presentations, Soaring Beyond Survival, given at California Home Educators Association annual meeting.

Listen to a brief interview where I share excerpts from sessions and discuss a little of my heart for ministering to homeschooling parents and families.

Keynote address – Me? Homeschool?
Keynote address – Where is the Joy?

Inspirational Topics

New! What About THAT Child?

What face comes to mind when you hear “that child”? Do you smile or scowl when you see that face? Do you struggle to like that child? That child is a world changer. God has a plan for that child. All of that energy, all those questions, all that strength, all THAT, is God-given for His glory. Come learn strategies for learning to enjoy that child, to embrace that child, and to train that child for God’s purposes.

New! When Doubt Creeps In

We all have moments of doubt along this homeschool journey. We wonder if we’re doing the right thing or if we are messing up our kids. You are not alone in your desperate moments. Come have your hope renewed!

New! How to Stop Wrestling and Start Resting

For those of us who are doers, wrestling feels like we are doing something, while resting doesn’t. But God calls us to rest in His sovereignty—to trust Him and submit to His plan, His will, His way. What does that look like? How does a wrestler become a rester? Come and learn how to start today.

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You?

God uses moments when we talk to our children to speak to us. Are we listening to Him the way we want our children to listen to us? Join Rachael as she shares how God meets us in every moment.

How to Have a HEART for Your Kids

Solomon wrote, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23). As we approach a heart relationship with our children, we need to focus our efforts on the things that really matter. This lesson uses the acronym H.E.A.R.T. to identify what really matters from a biblical viewpoint.

 Teaching Your Children to BLESS

How can you practically teach your kids to bless one another? This talk is an easy-to-remember lesson with five specific ways that you and your kids can bless each other through words and actions.

Attention, Obsessive-Compulsive, Perfectionist, Control-Freaks: CHILL OUT

As an obsessive-compulsive-perfectionist-control-freak herself, Rachael is sometimes her own worst enemy when it comes to taking advantage of the freedoms of home school. Are you too tied to your plan? Do you shiver at the idea of change or adjustment? Are you missing out on significant moments because you are focused on the trivial? Join Rachael for a lesson on how to chill out and turn control over to God.

Stand by Your Man

All too often the lessons are finished, the books read, and the frogs dissected, but what priority are you giving the principal? When does he get time with his favorite teacher? Is it time for a principal-teacher meeting (a.k.a. a date)? Standing by our husbands through this challenging lifestyle choice is often neglected. Come and remember the blessing of a well-prioritized home.

*Soaring Beyond Survival

Homeschooling is not easy. As a matter of fact, it can be downright overwhelming, tempting us to slip into survival mode. Homeschooling is the adventure of a lifetime, and God will be your strength. It is not His will that you just survive—He wants you to thrive. Come hear Rachael discuss what it takes to soar like an eagle.

How to DIE to Yourself and LIVE to Tell About It

Every day you are bombarded with messages that say it’s all about you. Treat yourself. Free yourself. Believe in yourself. It’s all a big lie propagated by the king of lies! We must shift our focus away from ourselves and on to our awesome and almighty God. Peace and contentment can only come from a life that is totally surrendered to Christ and His will. Come learn how this realization radically changed Rachael’s direction and purpose. It can change yours too!

 Loving, Learning, and Laughing

Homeschooling is an amazing journey—the adventure of a lifetime. There are unique challenges, opportunities, and experiences. Getting our priorities straight will not only honor God, but it will also improve and enhance the quality of education you’re giving your children.

Me? Homeschool?

Rachael discusses with candor and transparency how she and her husband came to the decision to homeschool their children. This is great encouragement and inspiration for families trying to decide whether or not to homeschool and for those in the midst of a difficult first or second year.

Pace vs. Perseverance

Having trouble staying on schedule with your chosen curriculum? Wondering if you can keep up with everyone else for just one day? Come and hear Rachael’s confession of her own personal battle with homeschool schedules and how she looks to God to help her persevere.

Seven Simple Steps to Sanity

Ever feel like you are about to lose your mind as a stay-at-home mom. There’s so much to do and so little time. How do you balance it all? How do you know what to do and what not to do? Laugh along with Rachael as you see how insane our culture is and how peaceful walking with God can be.

How to Really Live (designed for teens or as a graduation speech)

How should homeschool graduates approach life as they leave home and launch out into the big, wide world? Yes, they have been given many advantages through home education, but how does that play out in life and the decisions that loom so large? Come listen and consider: What might God do? 

Practical Topics

 Family Reading Time

One of the huge advantages of homeschooling is snuggling together on the sofa to read classics, biographies, histories, and other great books. Exploring other cultures, perspectives, and experiences together is one of the best-kept secrets of homeschooling’s success. Learn how your family can make the most of it!

 Teaching Foundational Truth

What is truth? You and your family need to know the answer. It is foundational that our children understand that truth exists and that it is absolute. Rachael Carman shares six truths about truth that Christian parents need to instill in the minds of their children. Includes motions that can make learning fun and easy to remember!

* Denotes homeschool focus

NOTE: The talks Loving, Learning, and Laughing, How to Have a HEART for Your Kids, and 7 Simple Steps contain similar material and should not be done at the same conference.

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