Our nation and our rights as homeschoolers are worth fighting for! Join us as we talk to Christian wife, homeschooling mom of seven, self-described Constitutionalist, author, and public speaker Heidi St. John. She tells us how her natural leadership skills unexpectedly led to public speaking and authorship, opens up about her willingness to discuss unpopular but necessary topics, and conveys the story behind her surprising run for Congress.
Heidi delves into her views on cancel culture, the important nuances between Republics and Democracies, and the myth of separation of church and state. If you are not happy with the direction in which our nation is headed and want encouragement for the future, or just want to know why Heidi doesn’t Google search her name, this episode is for you. Heidi’s encouraging story expresses how imperfect people can be empowered to make big changes and do hard things.
She shares about her family’s personal sacrifices, her political views, and her love of the United States. Heidi opens up about the challenges of taking a stand against popular culture. She relays stories about the cost of political advocacy and her family’s support. If you want to know how you can support homeschooling and take a stand to maintain our legal and moral rights, look for Heidi at Home :: Heidi St. John (heidistjohn.com) and Home – Heidi St. John for Congress (heidistjohnforcongress.com).
Meet The Guest
Heidi St John has delighted tens of thousands of readers through her blog, her Facebook page, her books and now MomStrongInternational.com, where she is leading women through a continuing online Bible Study and relationship building as they all #getoffthebench and #ontothebattlefield together. Her transparent style and her rich sense of humor combine to draw her readers into what feels like a very personal conversation over a cup of coffee.
Heidi’s ability to bypass our prejudices and preconceptions allows her to speak directly to the heart of every reader as she offers wisdom, inspiration and grace to those who are all-too-often feeling overwhelmed by all that’s on their plate.
A favorite speaker and author, Heidi St. John approaches marriage and parenting with humor and grace. Her passion to encourage moms and set them free to be who God has created them to be will bless and encourage you. Heidi has been married to her husband Jay since 1989. Together they have seven children and two grandsons! The St. Johns’ children range in age from early elementary school to adult. They have homeschooled the kids all the way through high school.
Show notes are below.
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Quotes from Heidi St. John
7:20 I’m always telling moms to work on something that can carry you into the next season of your life.
12:07 The truth is our country is in terrible trouble. I do not think our country can survive even five more years of the assault that the democrats are launching against the foundations of our country, against the things we hold dear, against our beliefs. You name it. We are under attack.
12:35 We counted the cost. We decided that our country is worth fighting for.
13:10 America is the last great nation on the face of the Earth. [Each state] is only one legislative cycle away from absolutely losing our freedoms.
14:45 Whenever the good leaves, evil always fills the vacuum. We have this vacuous need in our nation for people of integrity to rise to positions of authority.
15:45 Conservatives are not fighters by nature because we’re not activists. We just love the country. While we were minding our own business…and taking care of our lives, the left has been systematically destroying the foundation of this nation.
16:11 Get involved! Run for city council. Find out what’s happening in your neighborhood. Get on your school boards. It is ridiculous to me that the left has highjacked this while the people on the right are taking a nap! We can’t ignore this anymore.
17:00 We are a Republic, not a Democracy. There is a big difference…Democracies lead to tyranny. We need to be honest about it.
19:40 This is the tactic of Satan since the dawn of time: discourage, distract, divide, defeat. That’s where we are right now. We can not give up! America is worth fighting for.
21:00 We have a crisis of courage in this nation and it’s going to take courage. It takes courage because what we have is mob rule right now. Cancel culture is nothing but the mob.
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is walking ahead in spite of fear.
26 Most of the issues that are plaguing [misunderstanding of the 1st amendment] in this country right now are moral issues. The root problem is a moral problem and there is no one better equipped to handle those moral issues than the church. If our voices are silent, there is nobody speaking out. Then the only voice we hear is the voice of the mob.
25:20 We’ve got people in churches now who say “Oh, churches should never have anything to do with politics. Nothing can be farther from the truth!”
25:45 The First Amendment is about protecting our right to believe and place our faith and the government’s inability to tell us how to practice our faith.
Homeschooling is supposed to be governed by the state. This may be changing. We need a strong voice in congress. Education should constitutionally NOT be a federal issue but the federal gov has made it a federal issue. As a voice in Congress, I will be a strong advocate for choice! We must always have a choice.
29:05 I am a huge advocate for school choice. Of course, I believe that homeschooling is the very best option for our children, but I also understand that not everyone is going to want to do it or can do it.
41:40 We are just going to continue to pray that more people will want to get involved and that they’ll care enough to push past the apathy and push past the frustration and get out there and start saying this is important!
We are past the place where we have the option to take a stand or not. Everybody needs to get in the game. People need to stop pretending that this is neutral.
We need to pick a side and start working to defend it.
Links to resources mentioned in the podcast and other important links
Believe in Unicorns Coloring Book: 50+ Beautiful Mythical Unicorn Coloring Pages.
Diamond Painting Kits for Adults, Teens or Tweens
Our game recommendations on Amazon on how to make homeschool fun!
Homeschool Road Trips
Fun Printable Site: Only Passionate Curiosity
Our snarky irreverent view of homeschooling: Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers