4 Things I Learned at Teach Them Diligently – Nashville

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Welcome to the Be Fully Persuaded series, where I share what God is doing in my life (or guest authors do the same)! God is still actively answering prayers. The basis for this series is Romans 4:20-21. To read other posts in this series, please click the “Be Fully Persuaded” button at the bottom of the post.

Last week, when I left for Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville, I expected that God would minister to me. I prayed for and anticipated the message He was going to share. I wasn’t disappointed. Here are the top four things I learned (or was reminded of) at Teach Them Diligently in Nashville.

4 Things I Learned at Teach Them Diligently – Nashville

  1. Focus on what’s really important. Before academics, before extracurricular activities, before church functions, my focus should be on my children’s hearts and spirits. I should address attitudes and “heart” issues before worrying about the rest. I have done this before, using the Bible to direct our days (which have gone more smoothly as a result), but have allowed myself to become distracted (again). I need to use this summer to get all of us refocused on Christ first.
  2. Say no. None of us can do everything well, nor does God expect us to. We need to pray about what God would have us do, and focus on those things. It’s okay to say no when we need to, and it’s important to realize that some activities are only for a season. Whether you’re letting things go or trying to determine what activities to agree to, pray and seek God’s guidance. It may also help to talk to your spouse and a trusted friend. (I often need an “outsider” perspective because I tend to think I have more hours in a day than I do. 😉 )
  3. Be guilty. In one session I attended, Rachael Carman said, “If I’m going to be guilty of anything, it’s going to be pouring time into my kids…my man.” That’s the kind of guilty I want to be. I want my children and husband to rise up and call me blessed because I have shown them sacrificial love with my TIME.
  4. Remember the truth. I heard one phrase at TTD so many times I lost count, and I had felt impressed to add it to the slides for one of my presentations too—before leaving for Nashville! Here it is: “You are the perfect parent for your child.” God chose us to be our children’s parents. He is perfectly equipping us to raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Quit doubting your ability, accept the assignment God has given you, and trust that He will give you the knowledge and strength needed for the task!

Which one resonates the most with you? Why?

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5 Responses to 4 Things I Learned at Teach Them Diligently – Nashville

  1. Rebecca says:

    I need to read this OVER and OVER and OVER! YOu captured the truth about my heart for TTD and everyone who attends and attended!!! So blessed to finally meet you in person! Love you dearly – and this journey we’re on – it’s pretty amazing!

    • The journey is amazing, Rebecca! I love you too, and my heart overflows at God’s goodness in finally allowing us to meet in person this side of heaven. He is good!

  2. Wren says:

    Jennifer, thank you for sharing your 4 take-aways with us! This conference is coming to my area in August and I am hoping to attend for a quick refresher before we start our 2013-14 homeschool year. Interestingly, what you shared is very much in common with what God has been doing with me on the journey our family has had with Him this year.


    • Thank you, Wren! It’s funny you should mention that God has been doing those very things in your life already. He has been working very similarly in my life, but I still needed the reminder to get me refocused and ready to be more intentional! I hope you can make the Marketplace event in August! I’ll be working at the Little Rock event, and I’m looking forward to it already!

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