The following is a guest post written by Donna Marie Johnson…
Becoming isolated in your journey as a Christ-focused Homeschool Family is a big mistake. However, you can understand and avoid it for a healthier and happier year.
Isolation, intentional or not, is a big mistake that has a negative and unhealthy impact on you and on your children. Let’s take a look at how it happens.
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How homeschool family isolation happens
For many of you, even though isolation is a big mistake, it is not intentional. It may occur after relocation, as it did with us. It can also happen when there is a major shift in your life, like unplugging from toxic relationships.
For others, you may be perfectly intentional about staying unplugged. This could be because you already have a habit of being a loner. It could also be due to past bad experiences that make you much more cautious.
Father God is all about relationships
Father God has used the Holy Bible to tell you the story of his relationships. Throughout His Good Book from Genesis to Revelations, the Lord makes it very clear how important relationships are to Him. And, through Jesus, He teaches you to love Him AND other people. His teachings can help you understand what love looks like when you apply it to real life.
Here is what Jesus instructed very clearly and simply in His Holy Written Word:
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
~ Matthew 22:36-40 KJV
The two most important commandments that Christ Jesus gave you under the New Covenant of Grace are about relationship. His emphasis has always been right there on relationships. He made it clear to the Pharisees who persecuted Him that he did not care about divisive legal and moral debates. He demonstrated that he cared most about relationships. He taught that you also need to care most about relationships.
Being healthy relationship examples for your children is important
One big mistake you and many other parents may often make is being totally unaware of how your relationships and relationship skills impact your children. Awareness is your first step. Next you can make the effort to learn more about this topic.
As you grow and mature in the Lord, building healthier relationships is something that you may learn by default. It is taught heavily in church and in Christian media, as it should be. I strongly urge you to also learn more in this area on purpose, instead of waiting for the next sermon or tv show on this topic.
In the Holy Bible, relationships are especially emphasized in 1 Corinthians 12 and 13. These scriptures discuss unity of the body of Christ and godly love. Use these scriptures and others to help you pray, study and seek the Lord for his mighty help with relationships. As you keep learning and growing, it will also help your children learn and mature.
Have a happier homeschool every day
In our family and homeschool, we return to those scriptures on a regular basis. This also helps us get along better as a family every day. God’s Word helps our family and home to stay peaceful most of the time – except for just having naturally loud children!
Our home has not always been as peaceful and happy as it is now. My husband and I made the decision to allow God to transform our parenting and our home with His Love and Grace. He has done that and more, by His Holy Spirit. We are thankful and trusting God’s promise to keep our family and homeschool in peace.
God cares about your relationships
If you are feeling isolated, know that God has promised that His Holy Spirit is your comfort and friend. He promised to never leave or forsake you. He cares about you. He cares about your relationships, too. Trust Him to help you avoid this big mistake of isolation. Your family will be healthier and happier in all of your relationships more than ever before.
Will you share about your own journey by answering our quick poll in the comments?
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Do you have a community that your family stays plugged in with regularly?
☆A☆ Yes, We Stay Plugged In.
If you said yes in the poll, wonderful! Now, if you haven’t already been inviting others, then take the time to invite other homeschoolers who may be in your area to join your group / community and encourage them with your own story of hope about the value you have gotten out of staying community-connected.
☆B☆ No, But Searching For Ways To Plug In.
If you answered no but would like to find a local group, please share your story and what region or city you are in so that other CHM community members can invite you, if they are nearby.
☆C☆ No, And Not Searching
If you answered no and want to share why you are not connecting or don’t want to connect, please feel free to share your story in the comments, also.
Lets build community right here and support each other in the comments area below.
What to expect in Part 2
In part 2 of this series, I will share the story of our family’s journey through isolation. Many of you may be able to relate to the shifts and transitions that we have gone through over the years.