Apologia Live Retreat – Take 1

As you most likely know, I had the opportunity and privelage of attending the Apologia Live Retreat in Austin on Friday Oct 21st, and Saturday Oct 22nd.  And as you’ve already heard me say – I had a wonderful time!  🙂

I was SO extremely blessed by the amazing speakers and their sweet, sweet hearts for the Lord and for the homeschooling mom!

I took extensive notes – via twitter!  Lol!  It was super fun live tweeting from the retreat.  I tweeted the wonderful nuggets of truth and encouragement that really struck my heart.  It was also great to have other wonderful bloggers in the room doing the same (Amber, Christy, & Heather)- so I could retweet the parts I missed tweeting myself!

So, what I’ve decided to do, is compile those precious nuggets of wisdom and encouragement here for you!  Trying to weed through them on twitter can get a little daunting, so I hope this will give you a picture of what all we learned and walked away with during our weekend in Austin.  There is great wisdom to be found for the homeschool parent – as well as parents in general!

We had amazing, godly ladies who spoke at our Austin retreat – Heidi St.John, Zan Tyler, Debra Bell, Elizabeth Smith, Rachael Carman, followed by a discussion panel of all the speakers at the end.

{L to R: Rachael Carman, Anne MacCallum-worship leader, Debra Bell, Zan Tyler, Heidi St.John, Elizabeth Smith – photo taken during panel discussion time}

In today’s post, I will share some of my favorite highlights from what Heidi and Zan shared with us…

First up: Heidi St. John

  • The goal of education is discipleship – discipleship starts at home.
  • The Lord is going to equip you for everything you will encounter along the way!
  • Listen to your children but remember that the responsibility for bringing them up has been given to you by God.
  • Homeschooling is a miracle – because in and of ourselves – we could never do it! {God is the one working in and through us!}
  • There is no formula for parenting, there is only Faith.
  • Child training trumps the abc’s every time!
  • If your curriculum isn’t working – shelve it! You wouldn’t make your kids wear shoes that hurt.
  • Listen to the Lord – you can not hear from the Lord if you do not spend time in the word.
  • Show your children what it means to listen to the Lord – spend time in the word with them.
  • Listen to the Lord – listen to your husband – listen to your children – listen to godly counsel
  • Spirit-filled homeschooling is not bound by legalism {Dont need to follow what a homeschooler is “supposed” to look like – follow the Lord}
  • Your children have been given to you by the Lord as a weapon in a spiritual battle (Psm 127:4) Launch your arrows for the Lord!
  • Once you let the arrow go, its not coming back. Children are not boomerangs.
  • Invest in what matters most – invest in your child’s heart! That is the goal of Christian parenting!
  • Follow the Leader-Jesus (in your parenting/homeschooling)…what was He like? Gentle and humble in heart.
  • Lord what does it means to take your yoke on me?  Being yoked with Christ means finding rest.
  • Instead of running to the next program for help – run to the Lord – He will provide your every need.
  • We have to partner with the Lord, on our knees, praying over each child.
  • Jesus gave me three imperatives: come to me, take my yoke, learn from me.
  • Academics are a secondary focus – our primary focus should be descipleship.
  • The homeschool years are going to fly by, a blip on the radar, enjoy the journey.

Zan Tyler:

  • who is my child? what is his passion? what interests him? Start with relationship – not curriculum
  • The greatest gift you can give your children is intimacy/relationship in the home
  • the stronger the relationships are with your children, the greater their education in the home
  • Cultivating intimacy.Quality time grows out of quantity of time you spend w your kids, in daily life.
  • time is a great gift the Lord has given us – time is a precursor to intimacy.
  • Cultivate intimacy with personal presence with your kids.
  • Jesus WALKED w/his disciples, ministering to them, talking to them, spending TIME w them, Investing HIMSELF. {He is our model as parents}
  • Be the unhurried teacher who is about spending time with her kids.
  • God ordained the family – and what He ordained He will bless!
  • If we are going to disciple our children, it is not going to be accidentally – it’s going to be intentionally.
  • Grace is transmitted through Godly parenting.
  • As you’re determined to bless your children – God is much more determined to bless you(us).
  • Interaction with adults is one of the most important tools in a childs development-Who’s interacting with your child?
  •  The home environment is giving them a place to spend time growing up & a place to flourish.
  • One of the worst things we can to do our kids is stay in that negative nit-picky mode
  • When we are negative in homeschooling we are sewing failure into them. We need to speak LIFE into them.
  • Its easy to cross line between encouraging kids & being nit-picky & negative, since they are a reflection of us.
  • The goal is to prepare them (our children) for their God-given calling.
  • Each race is different – but each race has the same destination.
What did I tell you?  Such a blessing and a refreshment to the heart!  Hope you enjoyed those great tidbits from Heidi and Zan as much as I did.  Of course it is such a different experience being there – as opposed to reading it here.  If you ever get the chance to go to an Apologia Live event in the future – take it!!  I promise you wont be disappointed!
To Be Continued…..


  1. Wow this sounds wonderful! I’ve never heard of this retreat! We went to the family conference in Houston this last summer and were very blessed.

  2. Those were some excellent points. So true that we are to prepare them for their God-given role and not pressure them to perform and make us look good. It IS all about relationship. I hope I get the opportunity to go some time. It sounds well worth it. Thanks for sharing the lessons with us! I’m enjoying them so much 🙂

  3. Wow! The tidbits are amazing! I am bookmarking this page so I can refer to it again and again. I am SO glad that I just came to visit from the HHH! :-)))

    Many blessings,


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