Helping Hands

"She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy" (Proverbs 31:20).

I brought home more than our fourth child from the hospital when I gave birth that day. I also brought home a whole new set of anxieties about homeschooling and my ability to meet the demands of a family of six. Feeling weak and tired, I knew my energy supply was running low. I simply couldn't take care of a new baby, maintain a house, and homeschool, too.

Little did I know, God was already preparing a blessing that would help me with the extra work. A fellow homeschooling friend arrived the next day with a gift that was not only timely, but also so incredibly sacrificial that it made me cry. Even with her own responsibilities as a busy homeschooling mom, she came and delivered a delicious, home-cooked meal. Humbly she said, "I thought you could use a helping hand for a while. You don't have to worry about supper for the next two weeks. I'll be bringing them over every night about this time." Since I didn't have to prepare meals, I was able to use the little energy I had to homeschool at least half days as I slowly regained more strength.

The Bible tells of another man who was incredibly thankful for the helping hands of his friends. The lame man's friends in Luke 5:18-25 were not deterred by the crowds that surrounded Jesus. Because of their faith and willingness to go the extra mile, they tore a hole in a roof to lower their lame friend, who was lying on a stretcher, in front of Jesus. That day, the lame man found both healing and salvation because of his friends (vs. 24).

Do you know a homeschooling family who might need an extra hand? Maybe life has put them into a stressful situation that seems insurmountable. Since you homeschool, you know their needs best. Even if it's only a small thing, your helping hand might be the life-giving answer to help them through this difficult time. Why not go the extra mile and show them the love of Christ?

Lord, give me compassion to see the needs of other homeschooling families. Show me how to be a blessing and use my hands to minister to them however I can. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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ESTHER B 02/04/2009 03:45:05

How great would it be it we could all teach our children that this is what it is all about, helping the needy, and getting them involved aswell. Not just for homeschool families but for the rest of the world too. What a light that would shine.

VIRGINIA M 02/04/2011 07:01:00

Oh praise Jehova Jireh, our great provider! I have been "new" couponing with now for almost a year and my pantry "overfloweth"! We have been able to meet the needs of several homeschool families at a moments notice. Just last week, after my sweet husband surprised the kids with pizza, we found out the pizza lady was a mom of 5, working 2 jobs, and had just broken her hand and didn't have money for a cast. Oh what joy and excitement on my children's faces as we filled up her car with bags and bags of groceries! She was crying and hugging us as I told her how God has blessed us. How great is our God!!

ELAINE P 02/04/2011 07:24:14

what a lovely story

KRISTIN S 02/18/2011 12:05:17

This is awesome. How great would it be if we all practiced this everyday and taught our children this. Thank you God

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