There’s a problem within the homeschool community that needs to be addressed. I’ve seen many homeschool leaders who are silently hurting and afraid to come forward for help. Whether it is due to emotional, financial or martial difficulties, there’s a feeling of fear in portraying a weakness, less than perfect image or not having it all together to those around them.
Like life, homeschooling has its’ seasons. Exciting, exhilarating, awe inspiring and breath taking. But sometimes the seasons are long, hard and arduous. Yes, there are seasons in homeschooling that just plain hurt! This “hurt” can be exacerbated a hundred fold if you are a leader within your homeschool community. As such, those younger in their schooling years look to you as a source of guidance, hope and strength. But even leaders go through times when it takes all they’ve got just to dig in and trudge through the day with a smile on their face.
During one of these seasons, it’s easy to feel defeated with a desire to shrink into despair and isolation. Despite these feelings, it’s imperative to press into the Lord and reach out to a praying friend or two to help hold up your hands. I’d like to think of these prayer partners as Aaron and Hur holding up Moses hands in Exodus Chapter 17.
“So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.”
Whether you are a group leader or a homeschool mom in a hard season of hurting, taking a step forward for support is not a sign of weakness or failure. Rather it is admitting your humanness and need for grace. We should all be quick to be an Aaron and Hur to those who are a Moses to us!
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