"…And she smiles at the future." ~Proverbs 31:25

(You can see Part 1 of this post here.)

“The more you learn, the more you learn how much you have to learn.” So the saying goes, and I am in full agreement after spending last week at Polishing the Pulpit. I am so thankful to all who shared their wisdom in the many workshops we were blessed to attend. Here are a few more highlights from those classes–things that stood out to me and might help you, too.

PTP kids singing “The Lord’s Army”

From the 4-part series, “Fruitful Principles for Fantastic Relationships” by David Shannon:

Godly parents punish children. Godly spouses do NOT punish each other.

(On love vs. infatuation:) “Love suffers long.” (I Cor. 13:4) Where’s the “like” in that? Where’s the infatuation? Real love was shown in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36-44). Jesus didn’t DESIRE the cup before Him. He didn’t LIKE the cup. He wasn’t ATTRACTED TO the cup. But He did love US. He was lying face down, maybe in a puddle of mud created by His own tears, and His cries probably sounded like someone dying (v. 38). That was the sound of Him loving us.

God has made us once. His DESIRE is to make us twice.

We submit to our husbands not because of who THEY are, but because of who GOD is.

We aren’t faithful in marriage just because the conditions are conducive to it.

“No one else understands” is a tool of Satan. He wants us to stay isolated in sin.

(I could do a whole post on just this series. It was truly incredible!)

Relaxing after a long day of classes

From “How to be a Preacher’s Wife and Homeschool” by Shanna Anderson:

Always pray for your homeschool, but FIRST pray for your home.

Our secondary goal is secular learning. Don’t leave this behind, but don’t EVER let it take priority over the first goal, which is heaven.

By the end of the week, our toddler was so exhausted we couldn’t even finish changing her into her pajamas before she fell asleep!

From “That Your Prayers be Not Hindered” by Evelyn Apple:

How could we risk our relationship with God by being careless in our relationships with others?


From “The Tough Stuff” by Glenn Colley:

The more you focus on God’s blessings in your life, the less you focus on the injuries caused by others.

What a joy to see so many sweet kiddos who loved being together throughout the week!

From “Homeschooling–How to Handle the Stress” by Evelyn Apple:

The world has enough smart people. The world needs more good people.


From “A Recipe for Peace” by Janie Craun:

The Lord offers us the Bread of Life. Satan offers us junk food. Which do most people choose?

Cookbooks often have a page of substitutions. God’s Word doesn’t!

Another crowd shot–good, good people here.

From “Homeschooling–How to Juggle Multiple Classes and Grades at the Same Time” by Mallory Baker:

The most important subjects we teach our children are not “on grade level.”


From “How to Homeschool and Stay Involved in Church and Youth Group” by Cindy Colley:

Homeschooling provides the maximum number of hours to help our children focus on God. Use them!

Our girls enjoying the beautiful mountains of Tennessee

From “The Old Testament in One Lesson” by Rob Whitacre:

Every chapter in the Bible–from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22–deals with the cross of Christ.

The theme of the Bible is this: Christ will come (Genesis through Malachi). Christ came (Matthew through John). Christ will come again (Acts through Revelation).


From “Parents, Teens, Sex, and Dating” by Mark Teske:

If you don’t want to go to Knoxville, don’t start heading that direction on the interstate. (And if you do, don’t be surprised when that’s where you end up.)

Singing in the Bible class for toddlers Sunday morning

From “The 15-Second Marriage Improvement Program: How Positive Words Can Turn Your Marriage Around” by Brad Harrub:

Life is real. We don’t sprinkle rose petals on our broken-down appliances.

The glory of man was that woman was created for him. The glory of woman was that man was incomplete without her.

The kids enjoyed several “hands-on” projects. (We moms enjoyed the results.)

From “What to Do When God Says No” by Gary Hampton:

Parent to 3-year-old child asking for drink from Drano bottle: “NO!”

Allow God to reveal your heart, to strip away your pride, to teach you, and to show you another door.


From “Get Your Own Faith” by Eric Owens:

The more WORLD you have in your heart, the less GOD you have.

We are all terminal. We are all walking a one-way street that leads to the grave and beyond.

PTP kids enjoyed a visit from Digger Doug

From “A Final Charge: Keeping the Spiritual High” by Sheila Butt:

The prize that means the most is the one that costs you your life.

So much to think about…

So much to work on…

(See more here.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Check out these PTP-related posts:

What exactly is PTP?

What I learned at PTP (Part 1)

What I learned at PTP (Part 3)

PTP highlights

Our Great Smoky Mountains Adventure

Traveling Smiles


Comments on: "What I learned at PTP (Part 2)" (4)

  1. We got to visit with Glenn and Cindy this week and they were telling us how wonderful PTP was! I am enjoying reading your posts about PTP sooo much and cant wait until I can order some of the audio! Thank you for sharing! I love hearing about it and it is so encouraging! It is just what I really need right now! Thanks 🙂

    • Kimberley, I am so glad! We heard Glenn speak and he was excellent! I heard Cindy, too, but only for a short “7 minutes of wisdom” talk. (It was also good.) We bought a couple of their books, too. Do you go to the same church?

  2. No, we dont go to church together, just visiting over a friendly meal :). I really wanted to go to PTP but it just couldnt work out. We have been out of town this last week due to hubby’s work so I’m catching up on everyone’s posts but it all sounds so great. I think we could have really used that “spiritual recharging” it sounds so wonderful!! I would have loved just to worship with the saints altogether and the singing…..I’m really enjoying reading your posts though! It sounds so wonderful!! You are such an encouragement! Thank you 🙂

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