Encouragement For Isolated Homeschoolers

Have you ever felt isolated as a homeschooling parent? Have your children, at times, felt the same? If so, then I have some encouragement for you.

Right now my family is experiencing an extreme case of isolation. We live in a foreign country where homeschooling is illegal to permanent residents. Because we are here on temporary military orders, our family is free to educate our children any way we desire. We can send them to the military schools on base, put them in the local (German) schools, or home educate. In our case, we chose to continue to homeschool.

In addition to none of our German neighbors being able to homeschool, the only pull we have is from a very small military homeschool group. This tiny group is constantly changing with families coming and going due to the needs of the military. So as you can imagine, this experience is very different than it was for us in America. It is during this move that I have found our family to be in extreme isolation when it comes to the ever-so-needed homeschool community. In addition to the lack of other homeschooling families, my husband left on deployment for a year shortly after we arrived. This was adding fuel to the fire and I knew that I needed God’s help to get off of this lonely path.

In my prayer and time reading the Bible, I found God speaking many things to encourage my troubled heart.

  1. I am not alone.… the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
  2. It is important that we see with our spiritual eyes rather than our natural. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
  3. To rejoice in all things. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
  4. To be content no matter the circumstances. “Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.” Philippians 4:11
  5. Everything I need is found IN HIM. “But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
  6. The refinement process never feels good, but is necessary to become more like Him. “For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness--in conformity to God's will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God].” Hebrews 12:11
  7. Trust and know that God always has my family’s best interest in mind. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11

I want to encourage you to remain faithful in this season of your life. Remember that we create the atmosphere of our homes by the thoughts we think and the words we speak. Take this time of isolation and use it to take steps to improve your thought life as well as increase the time with your family and God. The beauty of my current circumstance is that although I am isolated from things that I know, I am not lonely. You are not alone in how you are feeling, nor are you ever alone because God is with you. Before you know it, you will be in another phase of life and will have a wonderful testimony to share with others. Hang in there, this too shall pass!

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Comments

  1. Excellent article, Carlie, and such an encouragement. God Bless!

  2. Praying for you and your family! I cannot imagine… some days I feel “alone,” but I am blessed with a local homeschool association, and even though I only personally know a few other homeschool families, I have an incredible network both in my town and worldwide I can tap if needed. I truly am blessed by the positive attitude you show here; even when I feel lonely, I am NEVER alone thanks to Him!! I appreciate the reminder.

  3. Sending up prayers that God will bring a family your way, who will be his arms around you during this time in another land!

  4. Thank you for some great reminders, Carlie! I’m lucky to have my sister and mom to talk to (my 2 best friends) but lately my son has been expressing a need for a close friend (other than his cousin 2 yrs his senior). Unfortunately, we just haven’t found that friend that “gets” him and his particular quirks. You’ve given me some great verses to pray over him while he waits for a friend that God has for him. Thank you! :)

    • Gidget, I am praying for your son. Our oldest daughter is going thru the same thing. This has been a really rough transition. We came from two large and active homeschool groups in NC to the current situation we are in. Grateful for the Word to pray and speak over our children! Bless you sweet lady!

  5. Michelle says:

    We are military homeschoolers in Germany also–we have a small, but active homeschool group and are very thankful for activities through our post chapel (Awana, PWOC which has a homeschool class). Our homeschool group tries to do field trips once or twice a month and it is interesting the responses we get when it is explained that we homeschool–they range from sheer disbelief to moderate curiosity :) Absolutely treasure the HS support here–from fellow homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers since our family back in the States is not always encouraging (although they do help loads with getting us supplies difficult to find here). Deployments are the hardest time to homeschool, easiest time to feel overwhelmed and “not up to the task”–we are facing such a season and very much appreciate the verses you have shared!!

  6. Gidget, I will be praying for your son. Our oldest daughter is going thru the same thing. This has been a really rough transition. We came from two large and active homeschool groups in NC to the current situation we are in. Grateful for the Word to pray and speak over our children!

  7. Jean Maez says:

    I do declare, I am going to stop throwing myself pity parties. Thank you for the encouragement. You’re a blessing.

  8. We are also homeschoolers in Germany. There is no doubt we are in the minority. I see it as a fun adventure. I love sharing my homeschooling how’s and why’s with the local German population. My discussions usually occur with German friends that have gotten to know both me and my family. Since it is illegal here they really haven’t thought much about it, and have a lot of questions. I love introducing our way of life as I think it makes others more aware and encourages thought.

    • Julie,
      That is wonderful you are able to expose what you do to the locals :) Right now, it is not wise for me to do so as one of the women in our local group is being pursued by the German government. So happy that you have more “freedom” as it can be a different climate depending on where you live. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I really needed this. I often feel very alone. It’s the being alone in the crowd, you know? Just don’t seem to connect with anyone anymore. If I were really alone, it might not hurt so much. In any case, while my circumstances are different, I really appreciate your perspective and the Scripture. Thanks very, very much and God bless you!

    • Sara, I understand what you mean. There have been times where there were people all around me and I still had seasons just like the one I am in now. I am praying for you, my friend! We WILL get through this :)

  10. Thanks for the encouragement. I am also an isolated homeschooler temporarily living in the Netherlands. Good to hear your experience.

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