So as I bowed my head in prayer, I thanked God that I had been reminded that prayer and praise were vital tools for the journey. I found strength to continue on in pursuit of the prize, because I did not travel alone but with the one who had begun the journey with me and who was faithful to bring it to completion. 

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the January 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the trade magazine for homeschool families. Read the magazine free at or read it on the go and download the free apps at to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

Sheila Campbell began homeschooling in 1991, and after the death of her husband in 2001, she homeschooled as a single parent. She also was the parent of a special needs child whom she cared for at home until his death in 2004. These difficulties have strengthened her walk with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and it is her prayer that her words will encourage and inspire others. Sheila resides in Hale Center, Texas, and is currently employed by the Texas Home School Coalition. Sheila invites you to visit her blog at

Publication date: December 24, 2012