Tonight was our monthly homeschool support group meeting, and the topic was "Homeschooling through Hard Times". Five members shared from their hearts about trials in their lives, how they muddled through, and lessons the Lord taught in the process. The challenges were different... taking care of aging, ailing parents while also homeschooling teens, going through the illness and death of a close family member, financial difficulties, a child with a brain tumor, divorce.... but a common theme echoed through all their testimonies, and that is that with God all things are possible, God provides in miraculous ways, and He takes care of His children when we are obedient to follow Him. Not only that, but some of the greatest lessons in life do not come from textbooks and lesson plans, but are the result of experiencing real life. Children in these families learned lessons in compassion, patience, humility, perseverance, gratitude, and many other things, and it is likely those lessons would have been missed had those children been put in school in order to "keep up with their studies".
Our meetings normally end before 9:00 pm, but tonight we didn't finish until almost 10. I couldn't bring myself to end the meeting before each speaker had had a chance to share what God had placed on their hearts, and although some people had to leave before it was all over, more than I expected stayed all the way to the end. And many still stayed for lime-coconut cupcakes and lemonade afterwards too! I hope many people took home a nugget of encouragement from the meeting tonight. I know that I did.