Guest post by Dana Hanson
Last week I had the privilege of attending my first MPE homeschool conference. I had a wonderful time and learned so much!
As a mom to four children, I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching and learn more about how to disciple and train my kids.
While I gained lots of helpful tips and habits from the sessions and the exhibit booths, the best thing I discovered was a deep truth that I can hold onto for a long time. This truth is simple, yet so profound, and one that every mom needs to know: I AM NOT ALONE.
Satan is on the prowl, and one of his tactics to take a mom out is to get her to feel alone. If she stays there, she will continue to seclude herself and fall prey to more attacks of the evil one.
But if she can hold on to this simple truth, she can overcome the attacks and fulfill all that God has called her to do. Here are three different lessons I learned throughout the weekend that prove I am not alone.
Overwhelming sense of community.
Walking around the conference, I was amazed at just how many people were there. I realized I was not the only one who wanted to train my child with a godly worldview. I am not alone.
There is more than my close circle of friends, more than just the few solid churches that I know. There were more than a thousand men and women who all want the same thing for their children that I want for mine.
What a blessing it is that we have a community where we can gather together and encourage and strengthen each other!
Five similar fears.
I sat in on Sonya Shafer’s session called “Looking Past the Fear.” She talked about five different fears that are a struggle for all of us.
As I sat there it was comforting to know I was not alone. We all have fears, and for the most part our fears can be boiled down into those five categories. I’m not a bad mom or this weak person for having these fears. I am just like all the other moms in the room.
However, we all have another thing in common. We have the same God who can help us to overcome those fears. He is so willing to give us the tools we need to battle our fears and be victorious.
The last point I want to make is the most important: We are not alone because God is with us.
I was so blessed by several of Norm Wakefield’s sessions. One that stuck out was the session called “Ears to Hear.”
He taught us that a promise spoken by all the prophets and by Jesus was this powerful message: “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
This is the one promise God thought was so important that it needed to be spoken over and over again. He wanted us to hear it repetitively so that we could get it ingrained into our minds. (We found 18 examples!)
God is there. He hears you. He sees you and He wants to help. He wants to be a part of every detail of your life so that you can be all that He has called you to be. He wants you to have a joyful, hope-filled life.
Dear Mama, you are not alone. Even when you feel alone, even when it looks like it, you are not alone. You have a huge community through MPE that is walking this road with you. We all struggle with the same things, so we can empathize. Most importantly, we have a wonderful God who has promised to never leave you no matter what.
Hold on to these truths as you finish out this school year and prepare for the next one. You can do it! You are not alone!
Dana and her husband, Nathan, are blessed with four delightful kids. Dana is a part-time children’s pastor and stay-at-home mom. They try to live a purposeful life as they raise their kids to be godly leaders with a Christian worldview. Learn more about them at www.ourpurposefullife.com.