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What I learned at PTP (Part 2)

(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


What I learned at PTP (Part 1)

I’m sure I’m not the only one who went through PTP wishing everyone I know could have been there. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who came back wanting to share everything I learned with anyone willing to listen. Since neither of those is a realistic option, I thought I’d settle for sharing with you some of the highlights from the sessions I attended last week.

These are the things that made an impression on me, or that changed me, or that I hope will make me better.  Consider this the condensed version–the Cliff’s Notes–of our week at Polishing the Pulpit.

The Great Smoky Mountains at sunset…Breathtaking!

From “God Loves You More Than You Can Possibly Understand” by Eric Owens:

We love babies before we meet them…before they’re ever born…not once they can walk, not once they’re potty trained and have met all our expectations. We didn’t DO anything to get God’s love. There are no conditions on His love. The difference between a baby before birth and after is that once the baby is born, our love gets to be expressed. What has the baby done to deserve it? Absolutely nothing. Remember, God was love before man was ever created.

The kids had a blast at PTP camp! They learned about Bible Geography, played games, had a visit from a missionary, had Bible lessons, sang songs, looked at coins from Bible times, and made crafts.

From “Rules, Respect, and Roaring Laughter–Showing Children That Christianity is the Most Fun Life” by Sami Nicholas:

We need to help our children look down the stream of time before they ever step in the water.

“I want my children to know that the funniest, happiest times are so closely knit with our church family that they could never think about leaving it.”

My sweet husband and my sweet little brother…Words cannot express how much I love these two preacher boys!

From “Helping Our Husbands Succeed” by Donna Faughn:

Be his 2 C’s: His greatest cheerleader, and his kindest critic.

A psychologist said, “The point at which many marriages jump the track is in over-investing in children and under-investing in the marriage.”

I have the power to undermine his leadership in the home, causing him to fail. Why would I want to do that?

Remi loved her time in child care with the little ones. The ladies who cared for them all week were so sweet and such troopers!

From “Seven Minutes of Wisdom for Women” by Sheila Butt:

Studies show that kids who memorize Scripture are less likely to leave the church.

From “The Spiritual Discipline of Frugality” by Cliff Goodwin:

Frugality helps us show we love the Giver, not just the gifts.

We all have lots of obligations. We all have one chief obligation.

Our kiddos loved PTP. They learned so much!

From “Reclaiming the Family Meal” by Jana Lyons:

Studies show that kids who eat with their families regularly are LESS likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, use illegal drugs, suffer from depression, have eating disorders, and commit suicide. They are MORE likely to do well in school, abstain from premarital sex, have a good vocabulary, eat vegetables, and use good manners.

(Does that make anyone else want to run to the kitchen and start cooking?)

Addy learned how teachers make visual aids for their Bible classes.

From “Improving Your Personal Prayer Life” by Mike Vestal:

Grace=God’s riches at Christ’s expense

Get up early and find a quiet place. Not a morning person? It’s a discipline!


Remi was proud of the lion she made in class.

From “Is It Nothing to You? Keeping Our Hearts Soft and Our Passion for Souls Strong” by Michael Shepherd:

Circumstances can make us BITTER or BETTER.

(On missions:) If you can’t go in PERSON, go in your PURSE.

The Christ we cannot share is the Christ we cannot keep!

From “Time Management for Homeschool Moms” by Tonya Strong:

Your work in the church is your family. Your family is your work in the church.

Hard is good. It means you’re growing.

If I invite Him into my house in the morning, He’s going to be sitting beside me throughout the day as I teach.

(I LOVE that thought!)

If you were at PTP and something jumped out at you in any of your classes, please share it in the comments. I’ll share some more of mine tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!

Check out these PTP-related posts:

What I learned at PTP (part 2)

What I learned at PTP (Part 3)

PTP highlights

What exactly is PTP?

Our Great Smoky Mountains Adventure

Traveling Smiles

PTP highlights

(If you missed yesterday’s post, you might want to read about what PTP is here, first.)

Although it would be impossible to boil down the past week into the parts that were my favorites, I do want to share a couple of highlights here. These are the things that I know will stay with me long after other parts of the event fade from memory.

For example, I’ll always remember that, while our toddler was sleeping on me during one of the workshops, a sweet lady I’d never met leaned over and said, “May I please hold your baby for you so you can take notes?” Remington slept contentedly on her new friend for the remainder of the class….and I took lots of notes!

Afterward, she thanked me for sharing Remi with her. How sweet is that?

Another very special memory: Sunday morning, many chose to leave the convention center to worship at area congregations. Our family stayed on site to worship with a crowd of 1237 filling the combined ballrooms. I will never, ever forget the moment the singing began. I opened my mouth to join in, but when those thousand-plus voices began praising God, a capella, I had to just sit and listen for a moment. Suddenly I was more anxious to go to heaven, more anxious to sit around the throne of God, praising Him for eternity. I choked back tears. Then I peeked sideways at my husband, who was clearly experiencing the same emotional reaction. We finally got ourselves together and sang with the enthusiastic crowd.  I will always remember this.

I loved sitting at the feet of amazing speakers all week, like the missionary from Africa who was baptized the year my father was born! I loved mingling with a mass of people who were on fire for God, excited about spreading His Good News and happy to be there to encourage each other.

This was one of my favorite recurring scenes during the week:

Each time we left the convention center we’d hang all our lanyards on the mirror of our vehicle so they’d be ready for the next time we went in.  And every time I looked at all of them hanging there together, it made me happy. It was so nice to be doing this as a family!

One huge highlight was the Future Preachers Training Class that Connor participated in. Forty boys, ages 10-14, were taught the basics of how to prepare a sermon in a series of three, 3-hour classes. They were given a topic on Monday and had to prepare a short lesson to share with the rest of the class on Wednesday. This was a real  stretch for Connor, who had to step WAY out of his comfort zone, and he came up with a great sermon on his assigned topic,  “The Bible.”  I was so proud of him!

Then, on Thursday morning, some of the boys gave their sermons in a class for the adults, and afterward they had a graduation ceremony. It was VERY emotional (again!) sitting through that class, listening to that group of young boys earnestly sharing God’s Word and thinking about all the potential they embodied. I found myself wondering how many souls would be brought to Christ because of the tender hearts of those young boys, who had been blessed and wanted to share their knowledge with a lost world. It was incredibly moving, and I guess if I had to pick one favorite part of the week, this would have to be it.

So once again, I am feeling thankful. I’m grateful to all the preachers who were willing to help mentor these young boys, and thankful for the boys and their desire to share Christ. I am thankful for all the speakers who were willing to share their wisdom and experience, and especially God’s Word, with the rest of us who were there. I’m thankful for all those who sang with full hearts Sunday morning and for the effect that had on our whole family. And I’m grateful to our elders, who allowed us to go be a part of all this.

Thanks for stopping by!

Check out all these PTP-related posts:

What I learned at PTP (Part1)

What I learned at PTP (Part 2)

What I learned at PTP (Part 3)

What exactly is PTP?

Our Great Smoky Mountains Adventure

Traveling Smiles

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