Be Connected Stay Connected


Be Connected, Stay Connected


by Audra Talley


As part of a small group of homeschooling moms who take turns hosting monthly get-togethers, I am constantly blessed by the ministering hearts of other moms in the group. In October, when my friend Kathy hosted, it was no different. We read stories, learned about pumpkins, textures with rubbings, graphed the weight of pumpkins, and created a fall leaf craft. She also made Biblical application with pumpkins. John 15:1 says that, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.” Obviously, pumpkins grow on vines and must be connected in order to grow. If the pumpkin is picked it will eventually rot, no matter how close to the vine it sits. The kids learned that no matter how good we are, how nice we act, or what we do, if we aren’t connected to the vine (God), we are like a pumpkin that has been picked. It was a beautiful picture of being connected to God through faith in Christ Jesus. As I thought about it, I found a subtle, but important application for homeschooling moms like me: there’s a place between being connected and disconnected from the vine.


In the garden, every year I see a couple pumpkins developing whose branches connecting them to the vine get pinched, twisted, or tangled. The nourishment can’t flow readily, the branch withers, and the pumpkin is stunted. It literally clings to life by a few “botanical” threads, more susceptible to disease, bugs, and even partial decay. In spite of the damaged connection, the pumpkin will be harvested, but the quality won’t be what it should be.


It’s similar to my daily struggle. In the midst of the busy world of home schooling my children, mothering, and being the best wife I can, I can get pinched off from the nourishment of my personal relationship with God. Bible time is always the first “class” of the day with my kids. It’s critical to raising my children in the “nurture and admonition” of the Lord, but I often find myself relying on that same lesson for my personal nourishment. Something is better than nothing, but eventually I am “hanging on by a thread.” My spiritual vitality and personal growth grinds to a crawl. Personal time with God, delving deeply into His Word and praying over each day, is critical to producing quality fruit. I can’t fall into the trap of being satisfied with the spiritual milk that my babes in Christ thrive on. It’s better than nothing, but when I rely on it heavily for too long, I begin to wither, becoming more susceptible to Satan’s attacks. Being connected the vine is paramount, but nourishing the connection consistently is vital to a healthy, Spirit-guided, growing, homeschooling momma.


“He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing”

(John 15:5b)


Once again God has amazed me with a beautiful picture of His grace: I’ll never look at pumpkins the same way again.



Audra Talley was born and raised in Idaho, was homeschooled K-12, and graduated from CofI with a degree in political science and history. She is currently a full time domestic engineer and homeschooling momma. Married to the man of her dreams for nearly 12 years, Audra and her husband have four children (16, 8, 6, almost 4 years of age). The youngest is the only girl in the bunch. The Talley family loves spending time together and does lots of fishing, camping, hiking (anything outdoors). Calling Nampa home, Audra is involved in her church, various homeschool activities, and whatever adventures pop up.

Committed to helping parents fulfill their God-given right and responsibility to educate their own children.