Strengthen Your Family Through Biblical Homeschooling

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Depending on who you ask or reference…approximately 60% to 80% of young people from Christian families are leaving the church once they graduate high school.  

Many Christian families look at these numbers with trepidation.

Some think that whether their children become a statistic or not is completely out of their control. We are all observant enough to perceive that there are a lot of big churches out there that are empty on Sundays. We notice that the church in America seems to be shrinking and not growing. Some adults have even accepted this idea of the prodigal son or daughter as being a part of growing up where we can expect children to leave the church for a time.

All of us who went to a secular college or university went through the gauntlet of a bitter professor that spent an inordinate amount of time trying to convince young Christians that there was no God. I was one of these young people that went through his teenage years in a church-going home, never believing, and fleeing the church the first opportunity I received. I didn’t believe in Christ when I arrived at college and while I was there one of these professors simply gave force to the beliefs already bouncing around my head. By college, I had already veered off the course my family preached.

I was no longer willing to check the same boxes as my family…

These larger statistics of young people leaving the church and the antidote to this trend is the answer to why we believe these events are so important.

I want to give you a quote that is foundational to the mission of Teach Them Diligently. Make no mistake, we are a homeschool convention, but we are also much more! Teach Them Diligently has a mission tied closely to the Great Commission that we believe will turn the tide of young people leaving the church.

“You teach what you know, but you reproduce who you are!”

If you have been around Teach Them Diligently for a while (this is our 8th year producing events,) you have heard me say this from the main stage at one point or another. Keep reading because I will tie that quote into the larger mission, but first, another story connected to a good friend of ours.

Once as I was reading Family Shepherds by Voddie Baucham, I noticed how he described how separated our families are now.  He points out that a typical Christian family will send their children to a traditional school for 8 hours a day while the parents head to work. The mom and dad often get home late, and the children are generally participating in extra activities like cheerleading, sports, clubs, etc. Once everyone finally comes home, they scarcely ever eat a meal together. The children will do homework and study for tests while parents watch television or whatever.  Then, they go to church, and it is worse. They go to Sunday School separated by age and then on to children’s church. The church is filled with programs broken down by age so the families seldom worship together in the same room or even sit together. Many young children never witness their parents actively participating in worship.

Did you know that the average father or mother only spends 34 minutes per day with their children?

When I saw this, my immediate thought was that this was the answer…! This is the reason that so many of our children are running from the church when they leave the home.

In Deuteronomy 6 God gives a very direct and specific plan to the Israelites about how to pass down their faith in God to their children. He does not say create this institution or find a youth pastor or find a good school. Instead He directly instructs the parents. He tells them how and what to teach. We will unpack this a little more in an upcoming article.  However, what I want to focus on right now is that God instructs the parents to teach them.

Now, some of you are reading this and thinking that I am demonizing all schools, youth groups, and Sunday School programs. I am not!  What I am saying is that there are a lot of parents that are anxious to throw their children to churches and schools to disciple and educate them. They are outsourcing!

So many parents do not even realize that they are the ones God has directed to pass down a love and belief in the redemptive work of Christ.

Homeschooling is not a checkbox! You don’t suddenly start homeschooling and your children become smarter and more spiritual than everyone else.  At Teach Them Diligently, we are adamantly opposed to diminishing a Life with Christ to a series of checkboxes.

The truth is that our children need their parents. They need parents to invest in them and engage.

It is very possible to engage in discipling your children and still send them to public or private school. However, I do think it is harder, but definitely possible! I know a lot of children that love the Lord in public and private schools.

We (Teach Them Diligently) are advocates for homeschooling because we believe homeschooling with the intention of discipleship and equipping them to excel in this world is the best way to reproduce young people that love the Lord Jesus Christ . Additionally, we believe parents are to teach their children how to teach and mentor others. Some of you have heard me say many times that your home is your Jerusalem, and Leslie and I absolutely believe that our mission is first to those God placed in our home.

AND, if parents are to be the disciplers God meant them to be, there is one word you should remember that is incredibly important in this process. I discussed this one important word in another article you can access by clicking here.  It truly could be the most impactful thing you could ever tell your children in the day to day process of raising and equipping them, so I encourage you to take a few minutes to check it out.

We believe the antidote for the flow of young Christians out of the church and away from Christ is parents engaging and taking serious the task of discipleship God has given them.

This is the reason that you hear us talk so much about relationships at our events, and that is the reason Leslie penned the Teach Them Diligently book to talk about what the Bible has to say about discipleship-focused parenting.

Of course, we spend a lot of time talking about the academic success of homeschooling. However, there are also a lot of sessions regarding relationships in terms of parenting and marriage and even your relationship with Christ. Every year there are several that realize that they have never come to a saving knowledge of Christ. (One year, we had 8 salvation decisions in our teen program that wasn’t even programmed with that end as a goal.)

We don’t ignore teaching methods, organization, and academics. But, if you are in October and getting frustrated because your school year is not quite going the way you envisioned in August, remember that the core is discipleship. Pray over your homeschool! Ask God to forgive you for being frustrated and remember what the ultimate goal is! It will be okay! God is with you!

God will not ask you to do anything that he has not equipped you to achieve, right? You need Him, though, and that is the point.

He does not expect you to be perfect! Which brings me again to the one word you need to remember…You can read that article here!

For now,…Remember that your children need you to engage in their life with Christ and mentor them to be reproducible believers equipped to love God and to serve Him better in the future.

We at Teach Them Diligently see our mission as encouraging you to seize the role God has for you and help you proceed with greater confidence as a servant of Christ. We truly do believe that homeschooling when done Biblically will strengthen your family in Christ.

We would love to have you join us there, because we truly do believe that you need this encouragement and further equipping for the mission God has given you. Find an event near you and plan to join us now.

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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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“Yes, I’d love to…”

“Sure! I’ll be there…”

“You can count on me…”

“Let’s go…”

Do you find yourself saying things that like far too often? I sure do. As homeschool moms, we are so eager to please and to help others that we often take on more than we could actually ever tackle in a week– let alone in a day. Not only do we take on outside obligations, running around like crazy trying to keep up with a myriad of things that we have added into our lives (many of which we can’t even remember WHY we added in to begin with,) but we never even adjust our expectations of what our family life will look like once we add the full-time job of homeschooling our children.

It’s no wonder we’re frazzled and frustrated. We’ve created  a recipe for disaster for ourselves, and so often we can’t even figure out a good way of escape.

Yet, God’s Word tells us that He “is not the author of confusion, but of peace…” (I Cor. 14:33) Does your attempt at serving God and others bring peace? If not, do you think that maybe you’ve taken on more than He ever designed for you to?

As a chief offender in not walking in God’s peace due to circumstances of my own making, I have put a lot of thought and prayer into trying to figure out how to unravel some of the messes I’ve made. Know what I figured out?

I can’t do everything! (Profound, eh?)

But, my dear friend, neither can you! You can’t be on the go all the time, trying to give experiences to your children while simultaneously giving them a peaceful home any more than I can. You can’t be pouring out all the time, leaving little time for soaking in, and not become withered and dry. And, you can’t add the time and energy of homeschooling into your life and still do everything the same way you used to do it before you homeschooled. You will burn out. You will be frustrated. Your family will feel the tension emanating from you. And, you will find that instead of finding peace and joy in your journey, you’ll be anxious and irritable more often than not.

What causes this anxiety and irritability in us? 4 big causes quickly come to mind.

Getting in over our heads.

This often shows up through some of the big, creative ideas we strive to incorporate into our days. We find all these fantastic new things we can start doing, and we try to mash them all together and add them in all at once. We tend to forget that those modeling the good ideas were only doing one of them at a time– not all of them. We neglect to remember that whether or not we are able to inject all kinds of creative experiences and projects into our homeschool is not a good benchmark for whether we are successful at the mission God has given us or not.

Another way we can get in over our heads is simply by saying yes to too much. There are a million things I would love to do, but there are very few that ONLY I can do. I have to be very careful, especially at this precious time of life with my children that I have plenty of time and energy to devote to those critically important things that only I can do.

Not Cutting Things Out To Accommodate What Our Life Looks Like Now.

When I added homeschooling into my life, the way I spent my time changed drastically. But, I realized that my expectation of what I could accomplish and how things would run didn’t change at all. I was still looking at things as if I had the free time to manage our home, our finances, etc. the very same way. But, I couldn’t. When I didn’t make allowances for a different expectation, I was frantically trying to achieve what I once had time to do– and I failed miserably time and time again. Or, I would strive for perfection, often leaving a wake of destruction behind me. Those most often harmed by that wake? My family. The very people I was trying to give the “perfect” to in the first place. We have to re-evaluate the way we do things as well as our expectations in light of our new reality.

Not Delegating.

This one is a tough one for me, for I have a terrible “I’ll just do it myself” streak in me. I have failed so often by asking my children to do something only to swoop in and do it for them or behind them rather than being willing to accept a child’s job and to take the time to teach them. My natural inclination is just to go on and take over– “I can do this quicker…” “I can do this better…” and when I do that, I rob my children of the satisfaction of a job well done, and I add obligations to my day that I should have allowed someone else to do. Before long, I’m right back to trying to do all the things I was able to do before, and that does not help me to be able to do the things that only I can do.

Believing A Lie.

I can’t help but wonder how often we are adding all these things into our lives because we are believing the lie that the world tries to tell us that “we are not enough for our children.” We run around giving them more and more experiences because we don’t want them to “miss out” on anything, become bored, or resent us for homeschooling them. Remember, God is the One that called you to do this, and He is the One that will equip you to do it. He didn’t make a mistake when He chose you to be your children’s mom or even when He chose you to be your children’s teacher. God created your family, and it is through that marvelous creation that you have the opportunity to Teach Diligently and to pass on your faith. Never fall for the world’s lies

God tells us His yoke is easy and His burden is light. (Matt. 11:30) Is that how you feel today? Does it seem that you’re carrying an easy, light yoke? If not, perhaps you should take some time this weekend to prayerfully consider what you’re trying to do that simply isn’t for this season and definitely isn’t God’s best for you right now. Remember, you cannot do everything because you are not called to do everything, but by God’s grace you can do exactly what you are called to do.

I recorded a short video about this topic for our Teach Them Diligently 365 site.(Click here to watch it now.) If this has resonated with you, please take a few more minutes to check it out. I believe that God wants us all to rest in Him, to trust His plan, to accept His easy, light yoke as we follow Him. Yet, day after day I talk to moms who simply aren’t resting in Him and their households show the effects of that. Let’s repeat together that we “can’t do everything…” And let’s seek God’s face for what we can do in this season of our lives– and then do it heartily as to the Lord.

How I pray that through engaging with Teach Them Diligently blog and videos throughout the year and by attending a Teach Them Diligently Convention in the Spring, you will find your family strengthened in countless ways through Biblical Home Education. Join the 365 community for year round encouragement and mentoring. Register for the convention and start making your plans to join us there. Just think of what could be accomplished if all of our families were functioning according to His perfect plan for us.

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This article contains an excerpt from Teach Them Diligently, Raising Children of Promise. You can purchase your copy by clicking here now.

Have you ever considered the great perks and privileges that come with the honored position you as MOM hold? Let’s talk about that as we move toward Mother’s Day this weekend. Scroll to the bottom to pick up a Mother’s Day Prayer Journal as our gift to you!

The Privileges We Have As Mom

First and foremost, we are called to love our children. One of the directives older women are given is to teach younger women to love their children. One would think that would come naturally to us moms, and to a large degree it does. But, the fact that older women are told to teach us how to do it indicates to me that there is a love that is much deeper, much greater than anything we humans are capable of without conscious effort and work. This love will prove to be sacrificial from the first day we welcome our child to the world. That love will require daily devotion and humility we watch our children grow and develop with the hope of eventually seeing them spread their wings to follow God wherever He may call them. That love will make us lose sleep on their behalf, to meet physical needs, to talk with, pray for, and even worry about their well-being. That love is an incomprehensible love given by God Himself as the greatest tool we have in carrying out every other element of our job as parents. What a tremendous privilege!

We are instructed to teach our children. We are privileged to be the go-to place for answers where our children are concerned. The “whys and wherefores” of the world they live in are learned from their mom and dad. How amazing is that? Deuteronomy 6 tells us to teach our children diligently about things of the Lord, so they will always know the answer to why things are the way they are or why they happened the way they did. (Deut. 6:7 and 20) But, we are not only given an incredible opportunity to teach them diligently in the ways of the Lord, but we are also given the chance to teach them diligently about all other things as well. Where do children learn their colors? Generally through conversations with their parents. Where do children learn their ABCs? Most often by singing a little song with their mom and dad. The list of things we are privileged to teach our children is endless. How they think. What they know. How they interact with others. How big their view of the world is. All of those things and more are an offshoot of teaching they receive from their parents. I stand in awe that God has given me such a high role, don’t you?

We are also privileged to train our children. How is this different from teaching them, you ask? It goes deeper. Instead of simply teaching them facts, theories, truths, and so on, we are actually commanded to point them in the direction they should grow. We as parents are the single biggest influences in our children’s lives, so their personality, their direction in life, their drive, their character, and more is shaped through their relationship with us. When Solomon directed us to “train up a child in the way he should go,” he was giving us a really big responsibility with a really big reward— “when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This is a concept we’ll explore in much greater detail a little later.

Next, we have the job of providing for our children. Think of that. When our children are born, they are completely unable to survive in this world. They cannot provide one single thing for themselves. But, they are placed in the loving arms of mom and dad and a long-term relationship of trust and provision begins. That child has no choice but to rest in the confidence that mom and dad will be there when they need them to be, giving them food, shelter, warmth, clothes, love, and meeting every other physical and emotional need they may have. 2 Corinthians 12:14 tells us that it’s a parent’s job to provide for their children, and as parents we can always trust the Lord to make a way for us to do just that.

We are called to nurture our children. Ephesians 6 and Colossians 3 make it very clear that we are not to provoke our children, but we are “to nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord… lest they be discouraged.” When we nurture our children, we have the incredible opportunity to give them everything they need to grow, develop, and flourish into the young men and women God created them to be instead of the rebellious, bitter teens our culture has convinced us is inevitable.

Because we know them best, we are called to pray for them the most. In Lamentations 2:19, we are told to “lift up thine hands toward Him for the life of Thy young children.” Yes, God already knows what our children need, but through praying for them, God shows us parents what our children really need and allows us to know them even better. It’s an amazing gift to be able to lift our children before the God Who loves them more than we ever could and have Him direct our paths as we fulfill all these other duties for them. By praying specifically for them, God also gives us great insights into their heart, which allows us to teach and train them much more effectively. He shows us what their needs really are, which helps us as we provide for and nurture them. He helps us see their natural inclinations and fears, which helps us know how to approach them. It is through following the directive to pray for our children that we can most effectively parent them.

Can you believe we get to do all that? I defy you to find another job that offers such a cool set of duties— and I haven’t even discussed the pay and fringe benefits that come with our position. We truly are most privileged to be able to call ourselves moms.

 

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Joy In The Calling

 

Where did it all begin? That is what I think when people ask me to give my testimony. Perhaps, when I was five, here and there when I was 12 or 13, just a little bit more when I was in my twenties; although I think it really began when I had nowhere else to go, when I felt like I was drowning in my own sorrow and pain, and I cried out, “Lord, what I am to do, where do I go, I am so lost.” He said, “I need you to meet me, Every. Single Day in My Word and to pray without ceasing.”

Being, “saved,” being, a “child of God,” is not just a one-sided relationship, but what relationship is? The very definition of relationship is – the state of having shared interests or efforts; connecting or binding participants. I wasn’t even a participant really. I knew Who the Lord was; I could quote you a few lines of scripture; I even went to church on Sunday. Yet, I wasn’t connecting with God, I definitely did not have shared interests or make that much of an effort to have a relationship with my heavenly Father.  nor did I ever apply His word to my life…

“But someone will say, “You have
faith, and I have works.” Show me
your faith without your works, and
I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one
God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble! But do you
want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not
Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on
the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works,
and by works faith was made perfect?

James 2:18-22

As I began to give myself to this relationship with Christ, the rewards of joy, friendship, and delight in God’s path for my life began pouring in. I remember very well, how the Lord started putting Godly
women in my path, women in the homeschooling trenches, and women in the midst of the fiery storm of life that fully rely on God. These women became friends and mentors that have encouraged, prayed, and inspired me in times of need.

As I began on this new journey with God, He rewarded me with joy at a refreshing and renewing retreat with like minded women who love the Lord and felt called to homeschool their children. I had the opportunity to hear some amazing women led by God speak about their homeschool journeys and pray and worship with them. Rachael Carmen, whom started this retreat; spoke straight to my heart, when she spoke about prayer. She made sure that during the retreat there were prayer sessions for after every worship session, this was balm to my heart. She spoke about spending time on
your knees with God and having a “knee” friend, someone who is willing to come with you in prayer on their knees. I can’t explain the feeling of praying on your knees in earnest to our Lord, to sometimes feel like I could reach out and touch His robe or feet.

This brings me to delighting in God’s path for my life. During this season of my life the Lord has charged me with being a prayer warrior for others that are on the battlefield of life in this world. He has also charged me with raising three blessings.

 

This is my season of learning, renewing, praying, and guiding, I cannot wait for what God has in store for me in my next season of life. By following His path and being content and delighted in His work, He has brought me great joy in this season already. Joy in knowing that as I pray and intercede for others, I am being used by Him and I get to see so many lives changed as I keep in touch and see how God works in their lives through answered prayers. Joy in watching my kids apply God’s word in their own lives and make their relationship with God a lifestyle at a young age, ask questions about his Word and delve into it with me, and earnestly pray with the faith of a child.

No matter your station, situation, season, or circumstance; God can use you right where you are. As you search His word and get on your knees with him in prayer, open your heart to His path for your life. Have faith as he leads you and be content in His direction. Don’t expect EASY, do expect JOY!

“For ye see your calling, brethren,
how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many
noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world
to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world
to confound the things that are mighty; And the base things of the
world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things
which are not…That no flesh should glory in his presence”

1 Corinthians 1:26-31



Kelli

Guest blogger Kelli Miller is the owner of Lady of the Barn. There, she discussed Homeschooling, Homemaking, Her personal walk with God, and life in a barn. For the past several years, though, she has followed the leading of the Lord to leave her blog where it was and to focus solely on her main calling, discipling the little ones God has so richly blessed her with.

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“Mama, did you know that Noah’s ark was not cute like it is on nursery walls?”

That completely random statement came from my 10-year-old while we were driving to pick up her big sister from volleyball practice last week.

She went on. “It was really scary to people! We watched a 45-second video that showed what the earth may have looked like as the flood came, and it must have been horrifying.”

Not feeling that it was the best time to remind her that we had discussed that very fact and even watched that video together, I wanted to capitalize on that discipleship moment that was started during her geography class in co-op earlier that day.

“I know!” I replied,  “Can you imagine how scary it must have been to see the waters coming at you like that? What was the only way those people could have been safe?”

“They had to be in the ark to be safe”

“That’s right. Only those in the ark were safe, but they were completely protected from the danger that was outside, weren’t they?

Did you ever think about the ark as pointing us to something even bigger? What is the only way for us to be truly safe—for always?”

“To be in Jesus.”

“Exactly, Jesus offered us safely for all eternity, didn’t He? He told us that whoever the Father puts in His hand, no one is able to pluck them out. Pretty amazing, huh?”

As we continued talking in the car, that exchange turned very personal for me. God impressed on my heart just how often I forget that I am safe; how often I allow the dangers all around me to distract and even paralyze me; and how much I need to be reminded just like I was reminding my daughter that no matter what big waves I see coming towards me, God will never let me go.

We turned “He will hold me fast” on the radio and sang along for the rest of the ride to the gym, but the Lord kept reminding me of those truths well beyond that short car ride. I am safe in Him. I can rely on Him. I can run to Him. He WILL hold me fast.

Praise the Lord that He often uses those discipleship moments we spend with our children to grow our own faith as well.

He will hold me fast.

When I fear my faith will fail,
Christ will hold me fast.
When the tempter would prevail,
He will hold me fast.
I could never keep my hold
Through life’s fearful path.
For my love is often cold.
He must hold me fast.

He will hold me fast.
He will hold me fast.
For my Savior loves me so.
He will hold me fast.

Those He saves are His delight.
Christ will hold me fast.
Precious in His holy sight,
He will hold me fast.
He’ll not let me soul be lost.
His promises shall last.
Bought by Him at such a cost.
He will hold me fast.

For my life He bled and died.
Christ will hold me fast.
Justice has been satisfied.
He will hold me fast.
Raised with Him to endless life,
He will hold me fast.
Till our faith is turned to sight,
When He comes at last.

He will hold me fast.
He will hold me fast.
For my Savior loves me so.
He will hold me fast.

~Ada Habershonnew/ Matt Merker

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You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6)

Cherish Your Calling

You have a critically important job! The opportunity to teach your children to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul and might is arguably THE MOST IMPORTANT job in this world, for you are training future leaders and world changers. You are shepherding hearts. You are educating a generation of believers that will almost certainly have to be well-grounded in their faith in order to stand. There is no one else in this world that can reach the hearts of your children in the same way you can, for God chose YOU to be their mama.

What an amazing truth!

Do you ever get weary in what you do? Me, too! I think that Satan knows that if he can turn our eyes onto ourselves and make us focus on how weary we actually are that he can render us less effective in our mission. Why do you think he would care so much about our little family that he would even mess with us? It is because he knows that for every child who grows up loving and desiring to serve God wholeheartedly, his job in the future becomes even harder. Satan is not pleased at all with the discipleship you are doing day in and day out. (And, being the rascal that I am, knowing that I am making the old deceiver angry makes me very happy!)

My encouragement for you today is simple. Cherish your task! Thank God for the great calling He has given you. Focus today on those young hearts that you get to shepherd and see how the weariness that you have felt can fade to excitement in the mission of teaching your children diligently!!

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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