You Are Not Alone

Stephanie Jackson, Nova Scotia – homeschooling since 1998
“We need a head shot and a brief bio, including when you started homeschooling.”
A head shot?  Good grief…I’m rarely even in our pictures let alone one of just me.
Who needed these things and why?  In September, a new homeschooling magazine is being launched to encourage and inspire homeschoolers.  It is called Homeschool Horizons and you can find out more here
I do not and will not use the blog as a place to advertise, but as I begin to gear up for September, I know that it is always refreshing to get a look into how other homeschool families make “it” work.
Sometimes, as homeschoolers, we can feel all alone and so isolated that we become discouraged and some of us even give up because we feel as though we just cannot continue all by ourselves.
First and foremost, God is with you.  It is God who led you to this path and it is God who will sustain you if you turn to Him and allow Him to hold you up.

Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

If God tells us to do something, He will certainly give us the strength to do it.

Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

One of the ways God strengthens us is by putting others around us to encourage us and help hold us up.

Connecting with other homeschooling families will not only help motivate you, but it will also provide you with a support base when you are feeling overwhelmed.  Talking out your struggles or listening to someone else’s will give you a sounding board for solutions, a shoulder to cry on and a positive voice to cheer you on.

Even if you live in an area where it is difficult to make connections, you can find homeschool magazines, blogs, facebook groups, books, speakers on cd, field trips, swimming lessons, drama groups and conferences.  Making the effort to connect with others – even if it isn’t on a regular basis – is well worth the time invested.

Ecclesiastes 4:12
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Note: for more information on resources available to homeschoolers, visit the HEMS website

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