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The Path of Suffering, Part 1

Most of you don’t know this, but I coached my son’s varsity basketball team last year.

It was one of those experiences that I would not trade for anything. It was my son’s senior season which was part of the motivation, but I came away with a sense that this was something that I should have done sooner. They were a good team and a great bunch of guys which made it much easier. We had a lot of success! However, I have to tell you that while it was fun, it was also stressful.

To be quite honest, I lost much more sleep worrying about the basketball team than I did about Teach Them Diligently or even our mission agency during that time.

As we went through the season, I would spend time before games and at practices teaching the guys from what God was teaching me. The truths I am going to share with you over the next couple of days came out of one of those times with the team. We had just come through a difficult pre-season tournament in which we lost our first game and then won the next two. After the tournament and just before our first regular season game, I shared these truths with them. As I taught, I thought of a very difficult time in the history of Teach Them Diligently back in 2013.

In 2013, Teach Them Diligently moved forward with an aggressive expansion that we felt God was directing us toward. We expanded to three large events and then we added 10 mini-events on top of that. This plan had been bathed in prayer, and we moved forward with great excitement. It was not long, however, before we realized that things were not going as well as we had hoped. By the time we got to the end of May, we started to cancel events. We had not even started the mini-events and cash was low. To make a long story short, we only did four of the planned ten mini-events. We lost more money that year than we brought in total for the year. We also had to let go several people we hired to help run these new events. It was hard, and I was devastated. I had so many questions. Most started with “Why?”

Why would God do this or not that?

Why did I feel so certain that this was the direction God wanted us to go?

Why am I even doing these events?

And, why should we even continue?

I will tell you that I felt responsible, and I was beating myself up pretty hard over the problems.

Now, the first question that many of you are asking is “Why am I telling you about this?” Obviously, Teach Them Diligently did not go under, so this could not have been a really serious problem. Well, first I want to tell you that it was very serious, and Teach Them Diligently and our family are still feeling the impact of that time even now–6 years later. Second, I wanted to tell you about this because Teach Them Diligently is something that all of us have in common, and this organization was very close to closing. The reason it is here is because of God’s sustaining hand, and what He taught me during that time in 2013.

So, let’s go to Scripture. The Scripture that I am bringing all of this from is in Romans 5:1-11.  The caption at the top of this chapter in my Bible is “Peace with God Through Faith.” Please read these verses.

In these verses Paul is talking to a group that is wondering about suffering in relation to the Gospel. Some are wondering why they are suffering now that they have accepted the redemption of Christ. For others, Paul is rallying them around the idea of glorifying God through suffering. And, Paul in a manner that we see over and over again in his epistles gives a step by step growth path. He takes one characteristic and adds it to another and then another and then another.

Here is what this path or road looks like in Romans 5:

  1. Suffering
  2. Endurance
  3. Character
  4. Hope
  5. No Shame

The first thing that we often do when a time of suffering comes into any of our lives is ask why. Whether we are dealing with a difficult marriage, the death of a loved one, a child that we are homeschooling that is just incredibly difficult to handle, or we are tired, enduring financial hardship, or anything that puts us into a rocky and hard time, we tend to ask “Why?”. Why is this happening? Why is God allowing this? Whether we are angry and frustrated or even just sad, it is highly likely that you are asking a lot of questions and searching for answers as you are suffering. Additionally, you may also be asking a question like “Is this worth it?”

That is Endurance…What I mean is that if you face any hardship, the first thing that develops as you work through it is endurance. The opposite is to give up and that can be pretty serious in some cases. For some it means that they just stop or resign a position. For others, it may involve entering a self-destructive spiral. Developing the Endurance that Paul talks about here is searching for meaning in what you are going through and finding it.  

This is the same place Job was in while his friends were telling him what he had done to deserve all of this tragedy in his life. They were answering the question why. Although their answers were wrong, they were trying to help Job by answering that grand question.

I want you to know that there is a plan, and God is not going to allow suffering in your life just because he wants to or because he is angry with you. That is not the purpose of suffering. Many of you are hearing this and starting to fill in the blanks with your own answers of why God allows suffering. Or, as many put it, “Allow bad things to happen to good people…” God does not waste these times of difficulty, and the treasure on the other side of this suffering is faith. Your belief is deeper and stronger.

To recap, Endurance develops because God answers the questions we have, and we realize that there is a point. God has a plan! However, He is not done.

God plans on taking what we have learned and putting action to it. That is where character comes in. We will discuss that next Sunday evening. Suffering leads to Endurance and that endurance leads to character…

The night that I presented the truths to our team we won by 25 points. We were not as good as we were going to be, but God had already used the difficulty of the pre-season tournament to mold us as a team. These guys were starting to play together. They trusted and believed in each other.

And, 5 years ago, I actually considered shutting down Teach Them Diligently completely. I doubted everything, but something would not allow me to close these events. I just had this strong sense that God was burning off the “dross”. That he was molding something. As my wife puts it, God had directed us to step out on this path of faith, and then He stood behind us, forcing us to stay the course as He blocked our way back.

Next week, I will unpack character…How does character fit into suffering, and why does Paul include it on this path?

Tonight, though, I hope and pray you are planning to join us for one of the Teach Them Diligently events this season. We believe passionately that God is at work through these events, and we have been thrilled to hear from countless families testimonies of His grace and reviving power as they come out of them.  I sure would love to see you there, and to hear your story  of how God has worked. If you want to learn more about these events, click here.

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Sincerely,

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Just for you

Teach Them Diligently Convention is built with the whole family in mind. But we’ve got some special programs built just for Mom and Dad. Keep scrolling to learn more!


Mom’s Night

Friday nights at Teach Them Diligently are MOM’S NIGHTS!! With fun, fellowship, and encouragement to spare, this free event is sure to be among the most talked about elements of your TTD weekend. Spending a couple of hours with “your people,” laughing at the things that only you and your people would truly get, and being cheered on and fired up as you get a renewed appreciation for the privilege of being called mom will give you new hope as you head back into the trenches. Get more details about the Mom’s Night at your preferred location by checking out the event pages on our website. 


Men’s Breakfast

How often do homeschool dads actually get together for fellowship, encouragement, and BREAKFAST?? Well, at Teach Them Diligently events, hundreds of them do it every Saturday morning! Our men’s breakfasts have been an important part of helping you strengthen your family through Biblical homeschooling since the very first year, and thousands of men and boys have joined us for these special times since then. Get more details about the Men’s Breakfast at your preferred location by checking out the event pages on our website.


Homeschool Launch Counselor

New for 2019, Teach Them Diligently is excited to offer a brand new Homeschool Launch Counselor service in order to provide the best and most reliable information for parents who are just getting started in their homeschooling journey. The program is FREE and the information is invaluable!

  • Learn from veteran homeschool moms and dads who have already successfully graduated their children.
  • Understand state and legal requirements.
  • Download free resources, checklists, and guides to help you along the way.
  • Attend our Getting Started Mini-Event at Teach Them Diligently Convention and meet personally with our counselors (and you could even get a rebate for the cost of your Registration!!).
  • Experience all this within a Christian environment tailored specifically for new homeschool families.

Learn more about the Homeschool Launch Counselor Program here.


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Teach Them Diligently Conventions are starting in less than 60 days!

Don’t forget to book your hotel reservation at these host hotels to take advantage of the special pricing before the blocks expire.  Follow the appropriate links for your convention registration below.

Book soon!  If the hotel comes back sold out when you try to book, but our hotel information page does not show that it is sold out, please let us know and we may be able to get more rooms added!

 

March 21-23, 2019 @ John Q. Hammons Convention Center

Hotel:  Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas, 3303 S Pinnacle Hills Pkwy, Rogers, AR 72758, (479) 254-8400

The event is within walking distance, as the hotel is connected to the convention center.

Links:  Hotel Information Page    Book Embassy Suites

Room Block Deadline:  February 18, 2019

 

March 28-30, 2019 @ Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Hotel:  Gaylord Opryland Resort, 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

The event is within walking distance, as the hotel is connected to the convention center.

Links:  Hotel Information Page    Book Gaylord Opryland

Room Block Deadline:  February 19, 2019

 

    

April 11-13, 2019 @ Waco Convention Center

Hotel:  Hilton Waco, 113 South University Parks Drive, Waco, TX 76701, 254-754-8484

The event is within walking distance, as the hotel is connected to the convention center.

Links:  Hotel Information Page    Book Hilton

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Hotel: Courtyard Waco, 101 Washington Avenue, Waco, TX 76701

The event is within walking distance, as the hotel is across the street from the convention center.

Links:  Hotel Information Page    Book Courtyard

Room Block Deadline for both hotels:  March 14, 2019

 

 

April 25-27, 2019 @ Infinite Energy Center

Hotel:  Coming soon!  Details are being finalized!  Stay informed by following the Georgia FB Page.

 

 

May 9-11, 2019 @ Mobile Convention Center

Hotel:  Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602, (251) 438-4000

The event is within walking distance, as the hotel is connected to the convention center.

Links:  Hotel Information Page    Book Renaissance

Room Block Deadline:  April 17, 2019

 

May 23-25, 2019 @ Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center

Hotel:  Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard, Aurora, CO 80019

The event is within walking distance, as the hotel is connected to the convention center.

Links:  Hotel Information Page    Book Gaylord Rockies

Room Block Deadline:  May 1, 2019

 

Homeschool Convention Hotel

May 30-June 1, 2019 @ Greater Columbus Convention Center

Hotel:  Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215

The event is within walking distance, as the hotel is connected to the convention center.

Links:  Hotel Information Page    Book Hyatt Regency

Room Block Deadline:  May 8, 2019

 

Staying at a Teach Them Diligently host hotel may be one of the best bargains you will find!

  • Meals & Snacks —Vending machines and restaurants can cost a fortune but staying on-site allows you to go back to the room for meals and snacks at any time!
  • Naps —Staying on-site will allow you to easily take your worn-out little ones back for naps as needed.
  • Time — There’s no daily commute in morning rush hour traffic saving you time both morning and night.
  • Parking Fees — Any host facilities that do charge for parking give significantly discounted rates to those staying on-site.
  • Rates —We negotiate the best possible hotel rates, which is in some cases is over $150 off the hotel’s regular price!

 

Do you have other convention questions?  Drop a note in the comment section below or send us an email.

 

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We’re getting closer and closer to convention time!

We can’t believe it’s just under 60 days until the first convention, in Rogers, Arkansas begins. It’s our job to keep everyone in the know and to answer any questions you have about the convention you’re attending or thinking about attending.

We have hashtags for each convention. Begin using them today and continue to use them through each of the events. This will help in keeping track of everyone who tweets, uses Facebook, or Instagram prior to, during, and after the convention. This will also be a good way to share photos, memories, quotes, and find people to meet up with during each weekend at a Teach Them Diligently Convention. All these hashtags will work on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

  • Rogers:  #TTDRogers, #TTDNWA
  • Nashville: #TTDNashville
  • Waco:  #TTDWaco
  • Atlanta:  #TTDAtlanta
  • Mobile:  #TTDMobile
  • Denver:  #TTDDenver
  • Columbus:  #TTDColumbus, #TTDOhio

General Teach Them Diligently News and Notes:  #hsttd

We also have Facebook communities for each specific convention location.

Just 9 weeks until we see each of you and we couldn’t be more excited!

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I’ll be honest, I have been a real curmudgeon when it comes to online events. I am so committed to getting people together for fellowship and encouragement that I have been very late to the game in evaluating the benefits of online equipping and encouraging events. Through our online video meetups in the Teach Them Diligently 365 community, though, I have come to really appreciate the way we can all get together virtually to share our hearts and learn together as homeschool moms.

With this fresh new year upon us, many of us are looking for that kind of encouragement. We all want to find the foundational principles and strategies that will help us grow more in 2019 than we ever have before. I wanted to share a few things that I truly believe will be a great help to you and your family this year.

A New Year, Your Best Year 2019 Conference For Moms

This is not a Teach Them Diligently produced event, but the following is the information from their website:

You want to make 2019 the best year ever, right?! But then again, don’t you say that every year? This year CAN and will be different! Do any of these sound like you?

  • You’ve made some goals for the new year, but you’re afraid that you won’t follow through.
  • You want to be a better wife and/or mother in 2019.
  • You finally want to get your finances under control this year!
  • You want to get {and stay} healthy!
  • You want to simplify your life.
  • You want to conquer the clutter in all areas of your life.
  • You want to find a fitness plan that fits your busy lifestyle.
  • You want to be a better manager of your time.
  • You want to learn new planning techniques that will actually work for you.
  • You want to deepen your faith in 2019.
  • You want to make more time for you.
  • You want to have a more involved, cohesive family life.
  • You need some fresh meal planning ideas.

If so, then the A New Year, Your Best Year: 2019 Conference for Moms is for you! 

The price for this online conference is only $20 for lifetime access to more than 150 video workshops (I’ll be presenting 2 of them– one on praying for your children (and how that will change your life) and one on discipleship-focused parenting!)  If you register on or before January 3, though, you can secure the early bird registration rate of only $15 for the same lifetime access. This is a GREAT way to jumpstart your new year hand-in-hand with me and several Teach Them Diligently favorites– Hal and Melanie Young, Rachael Carman, Kerry Beck, Lesa Dale, and others. Click here to get  more information and to sign up for this online mom-con.

(Please note that since we are not the producers of this event, we cannot personally vouch for all the speakers or presentations. As always, we should be discerning and thinking Biblically as we listen.)

Teach Them Diligently 365

This members-only community is starting out 2019 with a serious boost in commitment and focus. If you truly want to make sure that 2019 is your best year yet, I invite you to join us there. The first three weeks of every month, there will be a video mini-workshop of sorts available to you, whether it be in the form of an interview/conversation with a Teach Them Diligently speaker or a lesson from my heart, you will find very helpful, focused content every week of the year to give you that boost that you need to rethink every area of your life and to endeavor to bring it all in line with how God’s Word tells us  to live. On the fourth week of each month, we will have an online members-only meetup. During those meetups, we’ll chat and go a little deeper into the content we have been discussing as we all mentor and learn from one another. With additional ways to connect with other like-minded moms throughout the year– and enhanced offerings at Teach Them Diligently events, joining Teach Them Diligently 365 now will give you day by day encouragements and helps to keep you focused and thriving all year long.

Click here for more information and get involved today!

Teach The Diligently Book

Finally, the Teach Them Diligently book provides a Biblical look at discipleship-focused parenting.

How I hope that as you read through the pages of this book, you will be encouraged by the fact that the fear of losing our children is not even discussed in God’s Word.   Instead, He gives us instructions on how we as their parents are to set them on the way they should go. Yes, we live in a fallen world, and sadly people act like fallen people — a lot. Were that not true, we would never see any exceptions to the inspired Proverb in which we are told to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). But we can take heart in that God’s perfect plan for our families is that our children will be trained well in their youth, and that when they start choosing their own way, they will continue in what they have learned. The One who knows our hearts and our children’s hearts best is the One we should trust. And it is exploring that role, in His great design for our families, that this book seeks to do.

I pray that after the last page is turned, you will walk away with a better vision for parenting your children the way God intended, with an actual game plan, and that you will have a much deeper trust in Him, confident in His ability to hold your children close as they grow. He is strong and mighty, and He loves them with an everlasting love.

No matter what resources you avail yourself of, I pray that 2019 is truly a blessed year for you and for your family. I pray that God will show Himself strong, that you will grow closer to Him day by day, and that your family will be stronger at the end than it is as we embark on this year. I look forward to getting to know many of you through TTD365 and our events this Spring. How I pray you will join us there!!
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By: Eric Dalton, Executive Vice President, AOP

 

According to a 2017 report developed by Fetch, a mobile marketing agency, more than 40 percent of Americans say they are more impatient than they were five years ago.

It’s no surprise—with drivers and food deliveries alike arriving in 5-10 minutes, shows and movies available with the click of a button, and packages shipping from another corner of the world to our doorstep in 48 hours, patience is a skill we’re learning to use less by the minute…make that 30 seconds.

The world we live in has changed drastically in the last five years, and it’s a safe bet it will rapidly evolve in the next five. In the midst of all that change, how can we keep our children engaged in learning and focused on the task at hand?

 

Meet Your Child Where They Are

As a leading Christian homeschool curriculum publisher, we at Alpha Omega Publications have learned the necessity of meeting students where they are and helping them learn in the way they do best.

For some students, a print curriculum still works best, but they need to be engaged through photos and graphics that hold their attention. For that reason, we have spent the last four years redesigning our LIFEPAC courses—a project we are excited to see reach completion in April.

Meanwhile, other students thrive through online learning, like Monarch, our Christian online homeschool curriculum for grades 3-12, which offers complete customization and powerful, interactive features.

Embrace On-Demand

On-demand programs, like Netflix, don’t have to be the enemy of a homeschool parent. Instead of fighting with your child about streaming content, take a break together and enjoy the expansive selection of educational shows the service—and others like it—offer.

A few of our favorite on-demand programs for homeschool families include:

  • The Bible, a historical TV drama that spans 10 episodes and originally aired on The History Channel in 2013
  • The American Bible Challenge, a game show hosted by Jeff Foxworthy that aired for three seasons on the Game Show Network
  • Joseph King of Dreams, an animated film telling the story of Joseph voiced by Ben Affleck
  • The Civil War, a nine-episode documentary from renowned director Ken Burns with a memorable soundtrack highlighted by “Ashokan Farewell”

 

Keep the Christian Worldview at the Forefront

However you choose to implement a homeschool education, most Christian families find it critical to ensure the Christian worldview is at the forefront. It’s possible to find content that both keeps students engaged—and challenged—while also strengthening a student’s faith in Christ. Do your research, and make sure the program you choose is right for your family and values.

 

Make sure you check out all that Alpha Omega has to offer at a Teach Them Diligently event this season. Get more details and register to attend here.

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Rhea Perry of Educating for Success is offering a FREE session download for you this week! Click on the image below to get your free session– Re-thinking the Purpose of Education.

Make sure you are planning to hear Rhea speak at Teach Them Diligently 2015. She will be presenting the following workshops:

  • Why Building A Home Business Through Apprenticeship Is The Best Home Education Your Children Will Ever Have.
  • 5 Home Business Projects That Teach Financial Literacy And Create Income.
  • How We Brought Our Dad Home From Corporate America In Just 3 Years.


Rhea Perry Free Download

Rhea Perry has homeschooled her 7 children since 1987 and has seen remarkable results with her children as well as with other students who have built very successful businesses and become financially free.

Her oldest son even brought his dad home from corporate America in just 3 years.

She now teaches what she has learned … and is still learning … with others in her online community, the only one of its kind for homeschooling entrepreneurs, at http://EducatingforSuccess.com.

Rhea will be conducting three workshops at all four of our Teach Them Diligently conventions this summer. Two of her workshops tell the story of businesses her boys built, complete with pictures, and how her son Drew brought his dad home from corporate America. The third workshop focuses on home businesses you can start with your family.

This week’s giveaway is one of her virtual training sessions that was part of her  Entrepreneurial Education Virtual Conference.

It’s called Re-Thinking the Purpose of Education 

You Can Watch It Here!


Also, you can learn more about Rhea and her virtual conference at http://EducatingforSuccess.com/eec

 

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