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Join Me At The INCH in Lansing, MI!

Join Me At The INCH in Lansing, MI!

Join Me At The INCH in Lansing, MI!

Davis and I are in Lansing, MI this weekend to minister to homeschooling  families alongside INCH-MI. We are honored to be apart of this conference and are anticipating God’s movement. It is our prayer that those who attend will be challenged, encouraged and inspired!

My schedule is listed below. I have included Davis’ presentations as well since we are both speaking. The outlines for my presentations are on my Resource Page. After each session Davis and I will be available to visit with you. We’d love to meet you and hear about your journey.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2:30PM-3:15PM Leadership Lessons from the Trenches-Davis

7PM-8PM Me? Homeschool?-Rachael

Used curriculum sale: 2-7PM

Friday, May 20, 2016

8:45AM-9:45AM KEYNOTE: Teaching Foundational Truth-Rachael

11:15AM-12:15PM Stand by Your Man-Rachael; APPLES for Teacher-Davis

1:45PM-2:45PM What about ‘That’ Child? –Rachael

Book fair open: 10AM-6:30PM

Saturday, May 21, 2016

10AM-11AM When Doubt Creeps In-Rachael

11:15AM-12:15PM HEART Exam for Dads-Davis

1:45PM-2:45PM CHILL OUT-Rachael

Book fair open: 10AM-5PM

 

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What About Mary And Elizabeth – Part 2

What About Mary And Elizabeth – Part 2

Did you miss Part 1 of our intimate look at Mary and Elizabeth?  You can find it here!

It must have served as a great source of strength to her when, upon her return to Galilee, the scripture states that “she was found to be with child.” What must that have been like? Who found out? How did they find out? When did Joseph first hear of the news? Was it from Mary?  Or was it from another source? Can you imagine the hushed conversation and even the not so hushed ones? It would seem that upon her return home from the mountain’s peak and her visit with Elizabeth, Mary was very alone.

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Some of the comments were probably like this: “Yeah. And she says she was visited by an angel.” Or “Well I’m just wondering who she met while she was away.” Or “You know, Joseph is just as surprised as every body else.” Or “I was suppose to be in her wedding party, but not now.” It all must have really hurt.

Most of us have endured ridicule at one time in our lives or another. There is nothing like being misunderstood or misrepresented. And yet there is nothing like being confident of God’s call on our lives and the comfort he provides when we submit to Him in spite of the opposition. I do not believe that Mary hung her head in shame for a moment. I believe that she glowed and walked confidently in the city streets. It must have even further confused her accusers to see her at such peace as she grew rounder and rounder. It might have even been tragically interpreted by some as stubborn disobedience or willful defiance. But they couldn’t deny her peace.

Then as angel visited Joseph and there was probably a second round of whispers. “Can you believe it? Now she has Joseph convinced.”  Or “He actually married her and it’s not even his child.” Or “They might have each other fooled, but not me.” Now the two of them were alone together, experiencing a pregnancy that had caught them both by surprise and yet bonded them together because of their mutual trust in God.

Next came the births. Elizabeth was surrounded by friends and family upon the birth of her first child. It seems from scripture that there was a great spirit of joyful anticipation in the house. But when it came time to name the child, Elizabeth and Zechariah named him John and a new controversy set in. There was no one in their family had that name and besides, this was probably going to be their only child, why weren’t they naming him after his father? But Zechariah insisted, and because of his obedience was finally able to talk again for the first time in nine months. Complete and selfless obedience is such a beautiful thing. Father and mother and child were able to rejoice together.

Mary and Elizabeth each had quite unique experiences. Mary and Joseph had traveled to Bethlehem for the census. And it was there, far away from her mother and any other remaining friends who had stood beside her, that she gave birth to the Savior of the world. I can imagine that the inn keeper, who had mercy on them and put them up in the unlikely birthing suite of a stable, may have contacted the local midwife. And however nice and gentle she may have been, she was still a stranger. After she had gone, Mary and Joseph were alone again with their new son, Jesus.

I can imagine that Joseph may have stepped out of the stable for some fresh air while Mary was nursing the baby when he noticed it. “Mary, you have got to come and see this.” And as she laid down the baby in the manger and stepped out into the cool of the evening, she was bathed in the bright light of a star, which was shining down over their humble accommodations. They were alone together with the affirmation of a star, only feet away from Emmanuel.

Then more strangers showed up. They were shepherds. They said that an angel had appeared to them and told them about the birth of the child and that they wanted to see for themselves. Neither Joseph or Mary doubted that these men had been visited by an angel, all of them had been at some time in their own journey to see the baby. The shepherds must have been hesitant to tell why they were there, but relieved at the new parents’ response. They parted as friends. Another group of men, we don’t know how many, showed up bearing extraordinary gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They said that they had followed the same star that had lit up the night and embraced them in its warmth.

God was sending the most unlikely of people to encourage and comfort them even in this unfamiliar town. It seems like to me that God was reaching down to them in a personal way with people who cared. Angels, a star, and a baby brought them together as strangers, and united them for eternity. All of them had seen a sign, chosen to believe it, sought it out for themselves. As a result, all of them were changed.

The stories continue form there and I think that I might explore at another time what it might have been like to raise John the Baptist and Jesus. There is so much to be learned from mothers in the Bible as we seek out the Scriptures. But with just what I covered here, prayerfully consider the questions below. This is the season in which we get so caught up in getting that we miss it all. Don’t miss it this year. Don’t miss Him.

  • How has the Savior manifested His life in your life?
  • Is the truth of His life evident in your life?
  • Has His Spirit been prompting you to act on something and your response been less that submissive?
  • Do you consider the cost to you personally when it comes to serving Him or do you weigh it all out and base your obedience on your human wisdom?
  • How important is it to you to make sure that others understand you and all of your decisions?
  • Do you walk confidently and courageously in your obedience or are you ashamed of your Lord?
  • As God seeks to comfort and encourage you in your own personal spiritual journey, are you willing to accept and acknowledge the “strangers” he had sent you or are you rejecting them because they are not who you want them to be?
  • Have you praised God lately for all that He is doing in your life even if not especially when its not going according to your plan?
  • Are you preparing yourself and your children for, as C.S. Lewis puts it, “reckless abandon” to the will of God?

It is my prayer that as we women, mothers, wives, daughters, look at the lives of Mary and Elizabeth, we will find ourselves. I think we are all represented in some way whether we are single, married, young, old, fertile, barren, alone, joyful, seeking, misunderstood, or hopeful. These two women put it all aside their reputations, their bodies, their friendships, their plans all for the birth of the Christ child.

Mary and Elizabeth embraced their opportunity to change change plans. They boldly went against the cultural norms and acceptable appearances. They welcomed the impossible. They had their eyes set on things above such that they were not distracted by the things below. May we seek to follow in their footsteps as women of faith. May we seek Him, obey Him, and praise Him. And ultimately, may we become all that He has planned for us to be as His daughters.

Feel free to share this with a friend who might be encouraged by the story of Mary and Elizabeth. I would love to hear from any of you and your own insights into the lives of these two women. May God bless you as you seek His face.

In His Grace,

Rachael Carman

 

Real Refreshment Retreats – Cyber Monday Sale

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Living Water – Real Refreshment Retreats for 2014

Living Water - Real Refreshment Retreats for 2014 by Apologia. HisSunflower.com by Rachael Carman

In John 7.38 Jesus proclaimed something incredible. On the last day of the feast, He proclaims Himself to be the source of living water. Living water. He is saying that the water they have been getting is not going to last, not going to satisfy, not going to fulfill. Jesus knew what the people, His people need and they need Him. They need—we need—living water. I want to start talking to you about the Real Refreshment Retreats Apologia is going to be doing next February and March in Atlanta and Baltimore. We have been doing these retreats for five years now. Our goal is simple—encourage and equip homeschooling moms for the journey. We want to help moms finish strong, finish well.
‘Walking in the Light’, ‘Standing Strong’, ‘Before the Throne’, ‘Celebrate the Journey’ and ‘Think on These Things’ have been our past retreat themes. (These retreats are available on CD/MP3 at Apologia.com.) In keeping with our past emphasis, this next year we will be seeking what God has to say to us through His word. What does it mean that Jesus claims to be ‘living water.’ What is living water? Who can have some? How does living water benefit me? Where do I get this ‘living water?’
At Real Refreshment Retreats, we have five veteran homeschooling moms whose desire is to support you on your journey. We want to hear what your challenges are, what your victories have been. How have you seen God’s faithfulness? What has He taught you? Where is He leading you? We want to pray with you. During the retreat we set aside two sessions specifically for prayer. Scripture tells us to ‘approach the throne of grace with confidence’ and we want to take full advantage of the opportunity to do that together at the retreats.
Additionally we want to study Scripture with you. Each of the speakers will share with you what God is teaching her through His word. Drawing from the Bible, each session will point you back to what God says. It is our prayer that the Holy Spirit will speak to you through our time together.
I want to challenge you to do two things. One, I want you to consider your soul and its dehydration level. Are you thirsty? If your answer is a clear yes, what are you ‘drinking?’ Are you seeking to satisfy your thirst with the world or with the word? If you are not thirsty, why not? There is a well of living water available to everyone who believes. We need to be willing to be honest with ourselves. We need to be open to what He wants to teach us.
Secondly, I want you to consider joining us in Baltimore or Atlanta. It is easy to think that going to a retreat is something for other moms, not for me. But we were created for fellowship. God has given us each other. We need to take full advantage of the opportunity we have to be together, laughing, singing, praying, praising, sharing. God is glorified when we come together seeking Him. 
Jesus is the source of Living Water. He is calling you to the well. Make plans today to come and join us!
Rachael Carman

Talk About A Slip Up – Better Make That Down!

 Talk About a Slip Up - Better Make That "Down"

Talk About a Slip Up – Better Make That Down!

Okay, so before I get to my story of what happened to me during a presentation this last week at a conference, I must back up and tell the story of my husband’s grandmother Nonnie.

Nonnie was a dear woman. Truly she was a woman who chose to live joyfully through all of life’s challenges, struggles, and trials. Nonnie chose wisely. She chose God, she chose peace, she chose joy.

She loved to tell stories when we would get together for a visit. One of her favorites was the time the elastic on her slip gave out. First I probably need to make sure we all know what I am talking about. I hope that you know what a slip is. I have noticed that they are not being worn very often these days, which is unfortunate. Anyway, for the purpose of review, a slip is an undergarment worn principally for modesty’s sake, so that no one can see through a skirt or dress. Like I said, slip sales are down.

Moving on, Nonnie was all dressed for that most important day of the week. She was in her Sunday best, walking in the church to worship God one Sunday morning. As she walked down the center aisle to find her regular seat, she noticed a friend and stopped to visit for a moment. It was during this interchange that she discovered her slip was not where it ought to be. Her slip, she found, was slipping. Already it had fallen below its intended station for maximum coverage and minimum distraction. The coverage and distraction locations were actually trading places. 

All of this became apparent to Nonnie mid-conversation. Her mind was going back and forth between the conversation and the situation. Nonnie was a talker, and she was not going to abandon a conversation just because her slip was not cooperating. I do wish I had a transcript of that dialogue. When did she make her decision to act upon the impending catastrophe? She was center stage, in the middle of a casual chat with church about to begin, and her slip was letting her down — quickly.

Without skipping a syllable, without warning her friend, without the slightest blush or acknowledgement of even the possibility of embarrassment, standing center aisle, Nonnie allowed her slip to fall to her ankles. And as she continued to converse with her friend, she simply stepped out of the slip circle, she bent down, picked it up, folded it, and placed it into her purse. She kept her cool, never even apologizing, never mentioning, never a moment of self-consciousness. All was done. It wasn’t worth discussing at the moment, but it sure makes for a good story and it always made her smile to share it.

This last weekend, almost the exact same thing happened to me. I was speaking to an audience at a conference when I discovered that my slip wasn’t where it was suppose to be. It was a complicated moment. My slip was falling down and everyone was looking at me. I had to quickly access the circumstance. Here is what I knew: There were about 50 of us in a small space. There were mainly moms, but also fathers and some kids. The lights were dim so that they could see my Power Point presentation. And upon looking down, I noticed that my slip was visible below my skirt. Obviously it was decision time. Should I have them discuss some question among themselves and excuse myself? Should I just make a joke about it? Should I ask everyone to just close his or her eyes while I made an adjustment? Should I ignore it and passively let it do whatever it was going to do, hoping for the best? Should I be proactive and expedite the retreat of my slip by taking it off? 

What would you do?

In a spit-second decision, I chose the last option. I do not know where I was in my outline, but we were too early in the hour to just let the slip dominate my thoughts. I had to do something. Since my slip was already dragging the floor, my maxi skirt hid it pretty well. I stepped behind the table, which held my computer, stepped on the edge of my slip, and pulled it completely down leaving a slip circle on the floor behind the table. Now I could finish my presentation.

When I was done, some attendees came up to talk with me, and there behind the table on the floor was my slip. I had to laugh when it was discovered. “It wasn’t cooperating with me, so I had to take it off,” I explained. Then I pushed it on under the table out of the way of our discussion.

So here’s what I learned. This was a minor thing that needed to stay a minor thing. When things which are intended to help us begin to hinder us, we need to make some decisions about how to go forward. The defective slip did not need to become the most memorable part of the conference for those in my workshop. In such instances, it is better to act proactively instead of passively. Most slip ups — or downs in this case — are best dealt with by doing what needs to be done and moving forward. No discussion was necessary as there will be opportunities to tell the story later. It will make the teller smile and the listener laugh. But at the time, all that could be done was to discretely step away from the slip!

Rachael Carman

{Two} LIVE Webcasts With Rachael Carman

Set your alarms for this Friday 4:00pm CT!  I will be co-hosting a LIVE webcast with some of my sweet homeschool friends – on camera live straight from the Teach Them Diligently Convention “Green Room” in Nashville, TN!  Share in the fellowship and conversation about what God has taught us this year!  Join us for all all the laughter and fun!

LIVE Webcast with Rachael Carman & Homeschool Moms Friday 5-17-13 4pm CT HisSunflower.com by Rachael Carman

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Live Webcast with Rachael Carman

Set your alarms for this Friday 4:00pm CT!  I will be co-hosting a LIVE webcast with some of my sweet homeschool friends – on camera live straight from the Teach Them Diligently Convention “Green Room” in Nashville, TN!  Share in the fellowship and conversation about what God has taught us this year!  Join us for all all the laughter and fun!

A little before 4:00pm CT on Friday, click on this link and follow the instructions. You’ll see Rachael and other homeschool Moms on screen with some of the behind-the-scenes “action” happening around them. Plus, via the chat box, meet other homeschooling parents from around the U.S. and even the world!

Join the fun, encouragement, and excitement this Friday at 4:00pm CT. Click here to join the Spreecast (live webcast).

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Live Webcast with Rachael Carman & Leslie Nunnery

Set your alarms for this Saturday 10:00am CT!  I will be co-hosting a LIVE webcast with my friend Leslie Nunnery of Teach Them Diligently – on camera live straight from the Teach Them Diligently Convention “Green Room” in Nashville, TN!  Share in the fellowship and conversation about finding “Mom Time” as busy homeschool Moms!  Join us for all all the laughter and fun!

A little before 10:00am CT on Saturday, click on this link and follow the instructions. You’ll see Rachael and Leslie on screen with some of the behind-the-scenes “action” happening around them. Plus, via the chat box, meet other homeschooling parents from around the U.S. and even the world!

Join the fun, encouragement, and excitement this Saturday at 10:00am CT.  Click here to join the Spreecast (live webcast).

Are you attending the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville, TN?  I would love to meet you at any of my scheduled talks this year!  See you there!

Friday  11:00am  –  Seven Simple Steps to Sanity
Friday  4:00pm  –  LIVE Webcast with Homeschool Moms
Saturday 10:00am  –  LIVE Webcast with Leslie Nunnery
Saturday  2:00pm  –  Teach Your Kids to B.L.E.S.S.
Saturday  3:30pm  –  How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for Your Kids

In His Grace,

 

Rachael Carman