Of the many things I'm thankful for--and that's a lot!--I'm so very thankful for a special friend God brought into my life early on in my homeschool journey. She's a kindred spirit in the truest sense, and the Lord has grown a precious friendship between us through the years.
One of the greatest things we share besides our love of the Lord and His Word is prayer. Every Sunday that we're able, we have a phone prayer time over our coming week. We pray over our schools and kids, our husbands and schedules and stresses. Even just the freedom to talk out our needs and concerns helps to unburden our hearts or clarify our thinking and faith.
And wow, what a difference it makes in my week! Not only does God answer prayer! but as the week unfolds it is no end encouraging to know that she's praying for me about whatever specific needs I have. We have gone through many deep waters together...illness and serious health concerns, job layoff, support group crises, spiritual attacks and oppression, discouragement and weakness, parenting issues, homeschool stresses and needs...the list goes on. We've had a safe place to talk it all out and know that nothing but love and support are there for us. Thank You, Lord, and thank you, my friend.
We've seen the Lord's faithfulness and VICTORY through it all, whether the answer comes right away or has been a process. It's become a commitment that we can't afford not to do, even with our busy schedules.
So I strongly encourage you to ask the Lord to give you a prayer friend if you don't have one. I think homeschooling is a 'front-line' work of God that the enemy targets any way he can (you know what I mean, don't you?!), and in such agreement God promises to show His power.
"As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend." Pr. 27:17