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.
- I am not alone. “… the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
- 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
- To rejoice in all things. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 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
- 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
- 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
- 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!