I am an introvert by nature– BIG Time!! If I had my druthers, I would stay home, doing my family thing, content to abide peacefully with those I hold most dear. The thing is, I don’t get my druthers. Instead, I have a mission! God has called me (and every one of you, too!) to minister to those He brings across our paths, to show His love, to minister to the hurting, to show hospitality, etc. And those commands are not only for the extroverted among us.
Over the past 9 years since God called us to start Teach Them Diligently, I have seen Him change my heart towards others and stretch me from the quiet, watch-the-crowd person I have always been into one that absolutely loves engaging with people, hearing their stories and getting a glimpse into what makes them unique. As He has reshaped me and given me a new heart for people, He has also given me a new heart for engaging other moms in that same mission.
Strengthen your Core
A few years ago, I really began focusing much more deliberately on strengthening my body—specifically my core (getting older, you know!) At the same time, the Lord was working on my heart in what would become, it seems, my theme for the last few years—fellowship, community, relationships, etc.
As I was doing a YouTube workout video one day, the woman who was helping me with my exercises said “If your core isn’t strong enough to hold you in this position, simply plant your arms beside you to use as supports.” The Lord immediately got my attention as He combined the two things that I had really been focused on as I meditated right there about my need for those supports for my core… and how that could positively affect my life.
Like I noted before, I am not naturally one who looks for supports for my core. Through the years, though, I have grown to see regular interactions with my sisters as not only good for encouragement and equipping. Instead, I find it to be a lifeline for my survival as a Christian homeschool mom. I began to see those supports for my core as a very real picture of “bearing one another’s burdens,” for there are plenty of areas in which I am weak that I need someone to come alongside me to give me extra support. Similarly, there are areas that my core is actually quite strong in, so I am able to give support to those who have needs in that area. That’s part of the beauty of the Body of Christ. He often brings people into our lives whose fellowship can really strengthen our core.
Teach Them Diligently 365
As I was meditating on my core and what our community of Christian Homeschool Moms could really use, God prompted David and I to create teach Them Diligently 365. TTD365 is at its core a community of Christian homeschooling families who are passionate about pursuing their calling and impacting the world for Jesus Christ. It houses a ton of resources, ranging from weekly videos to thousands of audio recordings from Teach Them Diligently events as well as being a central location for community– both through daily interactions and monthly virtual meetups. I wanted to share the final installment of a three-part series that ran this summer in TTD365 about our relationships, so I unlocked it from being “members only.” It’s specifically about Rethinking your Rear-View Mirror and how God can use what you have experienced to encourage and help another.
God never wastes a THING– whether big or small. He is incredibly gracious to allow us to lay our experiences on His altar, for He wants to use them to encourage others and US as we all get to know Him and His ways better. I recently recorded an entire video series on Relationships within our Teach Them Diligently 365 community. This video is the third installment in a series about rethinking our relationships and God’s plan for His people through our relationships. I pray that this video (and if you have access to the rest, the entire series) will be an encouragement to your heart and helped you get excited about the mission at hand and the role God has for you to play in it! Click here to watch that video now!
I also invite you to listen in on a conversation I had recently with my friend Heidi St. John about the relationships God wants us women to have together. As Heidi notes at the beginning, “I think you’ll be encouraged!” :) Click here to visit that podcast now.
In recent years, video lessons have become more and more popular among moms in the homeschool community. So, how does Abeka Academy differ from the rest? As an affordable option with a flexible curriculum taught by master teachers, we make homeschooling simple for your family. Those experienced teachers will guide your student through every subject and lesson on our pre-recorded videos lessons. Your child will be able to learn at their own pace and can rewind or rewatch a lesson as needed. In the meantime, you’ll be able to take care of your family. We make it easy so you can make it amazing.
Peace of Mind
Abeka Academy alleviates the stress of planning and teaching every lesson. By relying on our skilled teachers, you’ll never have to worry if your child is getting the best education possible. You even have the option to choose from video lessons by subject (Grades 7-12) or full-grade enrollment. Built with the understanding that it’s not always possible for you to teach your child everything, our video homeschooling takes the pressure off. Abeka Academy has the option of accreditation and all of our courses are college preparatory level. Your child will receive a report card every nine weeks and will have transcripts to send to colleges to showcase their academic success. You’ll no longer have to wonder if your child is ready to take on college. They’ll be more than ready.
Homeschool Anywhere, Any Time
Whether you’re on the way to visit your parents across the country or at your daughter’s dance practice, Abeka Academy’s pre-recorded video lessons empower you to literally homeschool anywhere. The added flexibility and freedom allow you to homeschool on a schedule that works best for you and your family. You also won’t be limited to starting when the traditional school system starts their school year. If starting in July or October is what works best for your family, then you have the option to start then.
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In a culture that has become increasingly antagonistic toward biblical principles, Christian families need to be firmly grounded in the Truth. That’s why Teach Them Diligently is excited to announce our partnership with Creation Apologist Eric Hovind, whose passion for the Gospel has taken him to speak in all 50 states and 8 foreign countries. Recently his ministry, Creation Today, released “Genesis: Paradise Lost,” a revolutionary 3D feature film released on over 1,200 screens nationwide. Through it’s message, cultural norms are being challenged to go back tothebeginning in the quest for Truth.
Using cutting-edge cinematography and stunning visual effects, Genesis: Paradise Lost takes the viewer on a journey to investigate our origins and explore the creation story. While the booming voice of Dr. Voddie Baucham provides riveting narration, the film is interspersed with interviews from scientists, apologists, and evangelists like Dr. Charles Jackson, Ken Ham, and Ray Comfort. Genesis: Paradise Lost profoundly sheds light on secular worldviews which choose the chaos of moral relativity over the sure foundation of Scripture.
Whether dialoguing with atheists, encouraging believers, or instructing families, Eric Hovind inspires confidence in the God of the Bible. During his 20 years of full-time ministry, he has produced 136 episodes of The Creation Today Show, launched the Creation Network, and translated apologetic materials into over 40 languages. His dynamic presentations captivate audiences of all ages and are frequently accompanied by fun demonstrations of how Science and Scripture merge together perfectly. While outreach opportunities have changed over the decades, the mission of Creation Today remains the same: to impact the world to KNOW and DEFEND their Creator—God.
As homeschool families who desire to diligently teach our children, it is imperative that we lay a foundation for truth which begins with the very first chapter of Genesis. From Creation to the Cross; from the grave to the skies, we glimpse the redemptive work of God and discover truth, value, and a respect for life that can only come from a knowledge of the Creator. Truly, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Proverbs 1:7
Since 2011, Teach Them Diligently has been committed to helping you raise children who will stand boldly on the Word of God in the face of a godless culture. That is why we are delighted to name “Genesis: Paradise Lost” as our Movie of the Year. Reserve your copy today when you register to attend a Teach Them Diligently convention at the location of your choice. Then make plans to join Eric Hovind’s unforgettable breakout sessions at one of the following locations:
March 21-23 – Rogers, AR
March 28-30 – Nashville, TN
April 11-13 – Waco, TX
April 25-27 – Atlanta, GA
May 9-11 – Mobile, AL
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense
to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15
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I’m pretty sure that when we reach the end of our homeschool journey, David and I will look back to see that God taught us even more than He taught our children. He has refined us, shown us our weaknesses and how to rely on Him for strength, given us a clearer vision for our calling, given us a deeper passion for discipleship, and so much more.
Sometimes, though, in the thick of things, I lose sight of the amazing things God is doing in my own life—and in David’s– through this exercise. It’s easy to get so focused on the day to day that we don’t see the miraculous work of the Lord all around us, in us, and through us.
I hope this week’s video is an encouragement to you to be on the lookout for those amazing, miraculous things in your own life and family!!
If you’re not already a member of TTD365, I invite you to join us there! In addition to access to great content each week and thousands of audio workshops from historic Teach Them Diligently events, you will also become part of a community of homeschool families who are committed to growing together and encouraging one another year round! We have monthly virtual meet-ups, a private Facebook group, and onsite gatherings at Teach Them Diligently events to reinforce that community. Get more details about a membership in Teach Them Diligently 365 here.
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.
Yes, I want more from this Homeschooling Community!