The Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast with Yvette Hampton & Aby Rinella

Hosted ByYvette Hampton & Aby Rinella

The podcast for homeschool families – Biblical encouragement from home education experts and parents just like you!

Finding Identity and Grace in My Divine Comedy – Missy Andrews, Part 3

“If you make homeschooling an ultimate thing instead of a subordinate thing in service of the truth of God and the love of God in Christ Jesus for sinners, that kind of truth and knowledge that homeschooling itself will be perverted. It will become an idolatrous demon that devours you and your kids wholesale.” – Missy Andrews

Yvette Hampton welcomes guest Missy Andrews, from the Center For Lit, who shares her homeschooling journey and her passion for moms, homeschooling, and discipleship. Missy reflects on her own experience with homeschooling, acknowledging its noble purpose but also the damage she caused when making it an ultimate thing. Throughout the episode, Missy emphasizes the importance of knowing one’s identity, which comes from God.

Finding Identity and Grace in My Divine Comedy - Missy Andrews on the Schoolhouse Rocked Podcast

Watch this full conversation on our YouTube channel.

Missy Andrews shares her realization that true identity and grace come from God, leading to a change in her understanding of education and a gracious approach to homeschooling. She highlights the importance of admitting ignorance and the need for God in the learning process. Missy discusses the liberation from performanceism and perfectionism.

The interview dives into the importance of recognizing sins, self-reflection, and repentance as a way to address and rectify mistakes made in homeschooling. Missy encourages parents to be honest and open with their children about their own flaws and sinfulness, giving them permission to examine and confess their own sins.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How has your understanding of your own identity been shaped by societal expectations and the search for validation in the wrong places?
  2. In what ways have you observed parents, homeschooling or otherwise, conflate their own personal worth with the success or failure of their children’s education?
  3. Have you ever experienced a situation where you unintentionally made someone, whether it be a child or someone else, a means to your own success? How did you reconcile and rectify that situation?
  4. How can we create a safe and transparent environment with our children where they feel comfortable admitting their own flaws and mistakes?
  5. How do you personally understand and navigate the tension between aiming for excellence in education and guarding against turning it into an idol?
  6. Reflect on a time when you felt pressure to succeed in a particular area, and how that impacted your sense of self-worth. How were you able to find value in something beyond the pursuit of success?
  7. Have there been moments in your own parenting or educational journey that served as a wake-up call or learning opportunity, revealing the truth about your own character or need for God’s grace?
  8. How does the concept of recognizing our sins and repenting impact the way we approach our own personal growth and development as parents, educators, or mentors?
  9. In what ways can our failures and mistakes as parents or educators actually become opportunities for growth and transformation, both for ourselves and for our children?
  10. How does understanding the historical life, death, and resurrection of Jesus inform and shape the way we approach our homeschooling or educational endeavors? How does it bring liberation and delight to the learning process?

Recommended Resources: 

My Divine Comedy: A Mother’s Homeschooling Journey, by Missy Andrews

CenterForLit.com

BiblioFiles Podcast

Center for Lit – Teaching the Classics Basic Seminar

Reading Roadmaps, by Missy Andrews

The Art of Learning – Missy Andrews, Part 2

Avoiding the Pitfalls – Missy Andrews, Part 3

 

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About the Author
Yvette Hampton - Host Yvette is a homeschool mom through and through, but it wasn't supposed to be this way. Like so many other homeschoolers, Yvette and her husband, Garritt, said they would NEVER homeschool their kids, but God had other plans. Yvette is the producer and host of the upcoming documentary, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution, being directed by her husband, Garritt Hampton. As a mom who is concerned for the future of this generation and the future of our country, Yvette has a deep passion to see a culture shift by encouraging people through the truth of God’s Word. Her greatest joy in life is being a wife and mom! - - - - - - - - - - - - In the fall of 2016, she and her family sold their home and almost all of their possessions, loaded up in an RV, and began traveling the country to film Schoolhouse Rocked. They have a passion for the homeschool community and are humbled and honored that the Lord has called them to tell the stories of the millions of families who have been impacted by the homeschool revolution. - - - - - - - - - - - - Yvette and Garritt have been married since 1995. They have two daughters, Brooklyn and Lacey, who they have homeschooled since the very beginning. - - - - - - - - - - - - To see the Schoolhouse Rocked movie trailer and find out more visit SchoolhouseRocked.com. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Aby Rinella - Cohost Aby Rinella is homeschool mom to 3, writer, speaker and director of her local homeschool support group. She writes and speaks to encourage and inspire women to live the life they were designed to live, to train up their children in God’s Word and to stand on truth in a culture that has lost its foundation. Aby and her husband, Jesse, love the outdoors and speak and write on the benefits of pointing children to their Creator by spending time in His creation. Aby is a featured speaker for the 2020 Homegrown Generation Family Expo. - - - - - - - - - - - - Read more from Aby at CalledToTheTop.com. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Garritt Hampton - Producer Garritt is a entertainment industry veteran who got his start in the record industry before moving into film. His credits include some of the biggest movies of the last decade, including Interstellar, Furious 7, TRON: Legacy, GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and many more. He is passionate about using his talents to build up the family and glorify God.