Ready to be encouraged in your journey? Right during the February winter blahs? I urge you, fellow sisters in the homeschool trenches, to make retreat time a priority. Yes it is for you. But have you every thought of how your thirst for encouragement might be refreshed from the Living Water? I’ll share many more reasons for refreshment plus some highlights from Real Refreshment Retreat Atlanta…
“…but anyone who is thirsty, come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. John 7: 37-38
Why You Should Attend a Homeschool Retreat
- To get away and be refreshed. Jesus set the example when He went away from the crowd to be with the Father.
- To be refreshed – for your husband and your family. Your time away is a blessing for everyone!
- To be better equipped for the homeschooling journey. Not only is it great to be in a room full of fellow homeschool mothers (you are not alone!) You will learn from all those on the same path.
Here’s how this past weekend refreshed me…
Addressing Homeschool Insecurities
Encouragement from veteran homeschool mamas! In the nuts and bolts Homeschooling High School session I heard a basic run down of high school requirements. Plus this from Sherri Seligson: “God is the author of gaps.” (She’s the author of our Apologia marine biology text!) And also from Sherri, a suggestion to keep “a simple manila folder with a list of reasons why you homeschool – so you can pull it out on ‘those’ days.
“One of the reasons I appreciate homeschooling is it keeps me on my knees.” Sherri Seligson
Even Homeschool Writing Challenges
A basic formula that is THE answer for SAT/ACT and all the way down to my rising third grader. Author Jeannie Fulbright says to set aside the creative writing and focus on the simple formula. Topic sentence, three points, examples and closing sentence. Expanding that from one paragraph to three paragraphs then to five paragraphs as the children advance in grade. And she has a new writing curriculum coming out shortly.
“We do not want to give our children a heritage of fear but a heritage of faith.” ~Jeannie Fulbright
Wonderful Time With Friends!
What fun conversation starters, giveaways and ice breaker games there were!
Real Refreshment Retreats are unique in this I believe. Time set aside throughout the retreat for corporate worship through song – both choruses and hymns.
This is such a great conversation starter! I might have to wear this at home as my homeschool badge (My instagram friend pointed out that I left off ARTIST!)
“They are HIS kids” ~ Rachael Carman
The Power of Prayer
Prayer is so very, very important! Real Refreshment retreats had two prayer sessions set aside. Rebecca Brandt led us in these powerful times. Concluding at the end of the retreat with a giant circle of women holding hands and praying for the ladies on either side of them.
In summary, Connie Albers put it well when she opened the retreat and painted the picture of the homeschool mom. She explained that there is always someone just starting out that you can help mentor. And then there is always someone else further along on the journey than you. So you are reaching your hand back to help the new mother at the same time you are reaching your other hand out to the veteran homeschooler saying ‘help!’
- Heidi’s post on the Living Water
- How a Homeschool Retreat Can Encourage You in Your Journey (my post from Real Refreshment retreat two years ago – at Heart of the Matter)
- Continuing Education at Your State Homeschool Convention
- Real Refreshment Retreat Debriefing at GiGi’s Place
- Learn more about Real Refreshment Retreats
Find the Real Refreshment community on these social media outlets! Plus, on instagram, search the hashtag #refreshmom for many wonderful snapshots of the weekend.
I guess what I am trying to say is this: a Real Refreshment Retreat is truly a wonderful combination of encouragement, seeking the Father, continuing education, worship and preparation for the homeschool journey.
Many thanks to all the many organizer, speakers and fellow Real Refreshment Retreats attendees for helping me drink from the Living Water and take time to retreat!