Homeschool groups can be a beneficial component of your support network. Natural fellowship opportunities cultivate friendships as you attend meetups, field trips, and other group events. An invisible thread is woven between families as personal experiences in dealing with situations are shared, forming a bond of understanding and empathy toward one another. As homeschool families spend time together, they can offer positive support via a listening ear, a helping hand, and prayer, effectively cultivating reliance on God and giving Him Glory for all he does.
As Christians, one of our greatest responsibilities is to meet the needs of others.
• Love one another (John 13:34-35)
• Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
• Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
• Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
• Fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7)
• Offer hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
• Carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
• Confess your sins and pray for one another (James 5:16)
As you answer a call to serve and participate in events within your homeschool group, you also disciple your children through your interactions. What a great opportunity to grow a child’s compassionate heart for service by exhibiting a heart of service yourself!
Depending on how God has gifted you, you may be drawn toward certain actions of service. Maybe you can support your homeschool group efforts through organizing field trips. Maybe you feel called to gather with other members and pick up trash at local parks. Maybe you can put together welcome baskets for new members of your homeschool group. Support your homeschool group by contacting your leader and offering one small way you can use your gifts to serve.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." (1 Peter 4:10, NIV)
Whether you have young children and are new to homeschooling or you are a seasoned homeschool parent about to graduate your teen, each of us can engage in exceptional opportunities to pull from our own unique path of experiences and challenges as we actively encourage and help one another. None of us are immune to schedule changes, changes in goals, or refocused efforts. While some of us are researching how we can best meet the needs of a child’s learning difficulty, others are taking care of an aging parent. Then there are those who are creating plans or final records relevant to their teenager’s future endeavors.
Experienced homeschool parents remember what it was like to face the uncertainties and worries that surface as one embarks on the new adventure of homeschooling. We can advise new homeschooling families on state requirements, extracurricular options, and curricula. We can share ideas for creating and balancing schedules. And we can empathize with them over a cup of coffee.
One thing is certain: Through the bonds you develop as you walk alongside other like-minded families who plan and lead their children’s education, you will more easily maintain a healthy perspective and reduce stress. After all, we all need the occasional reminder that even when our day (or year) gets knocked off course, God will work through our efforts.
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