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The Bible

15 Nov

Does the Bible really mean what is says?  Of course it does.

Lord help me  – I don’t want to live this life and later find that I never knew you at all.  Matthew 7.

 

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True Woman 2010

5 Sep

I missed last years True Woman conference… by the time I jumped on the proverbial bandwagon it was sold out.  I am excited to find out that Tennessee will be home to a conference in March of 2010. 

Is there anyone from the Atalnta area that would like to get together for travel?  Maybe even enough of us to fill up a small bus?  Anyone???

 

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Train up a child?

12 May

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Deuteronomy 6: 6-9

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up. 8 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

There are many promises built into the word of God.  We seem to want to promises, but many of us do not take the necessary actions that produces the result of His promises.  In my effort to raise children who will love and serve The Lord, my husband and I have realized that we have to be instrumental in shaping their “world view” – the lens they will use to process information.

How is this done?

First of all, we have to talk the talk.  This means that we make time for our children – without any media (yes that means the tv).  It does not have to always mean sitting down at the table for a formal meeting.  In my house one some nights it may look like sitting on the floor and sofa with one child reading a book.  I generally try to choose books that have some type of moral lesson that we can briefly discuss.  On another night if it is nice we all go for a walk – this gives us a chance to catch up with our neighbors,  chat, and give the dog (and ourselves) a little exercise.  The bottom line is, TV, games, and inter net use are family time wasters and should have limited usage. 

Mom’s, because the word says we are to be keepers of our home – we need to guard what is allowed to come into and out of our gates.  This means that many items just won’t make it into the house.  I believe a reasonable effort should be made to replace these things with more appropriate items.  My 7yo loves Disney channel, however the list of shows that is is allowed to watch continues to decline.  After Hannah Montana’s cell-phone pictures hit the web that was enough for me to remove her from the list… plus my conviction that the show was much too much for her age limit was growing so I knew it was time. 

It is late and I am sleepy… more later. Gnight.

Christian Dating – The Great Oxymoron?

30 Apr

For quite some time I have known that the way we “date”  is not quite right.  I have remained silent for so long because I could not quite wrap my mind around an alternative. I have been exploring alternatives to relationship building (as I call it) while preparing to share this information with first the parents and then the teens at my church. 

First of all, parents have to answer the question – Is it my goal for my daughter/son to keep their virginity intact until marriage.  Is it my desire that my child reserve the best parts of them for their future mates? If these are not your goals and intentions then the rest of this post will not make much sense to you – however you are welcome to continue reading if you would like. 

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There is too much emphasis in our culture on sex and relationships.  My daugher enjoyes Disney Channel with all her little heart, but unfortunately the number of shows she is allowed to watch is dwindling.  Even those that started off on good ground are slowly moving from the safe zone to the “girl you better turn that” zone.  When our children turn 13 or 14 we don’t kick them out the house and tell them to go out there and just do the best that they can.  We continue to provide for their physical needs such as food, clothing and shelter – but when it comes to relationships we tend to take a hands off approach.  We are to be intimately involved in their lives – every aspect.  As much as they are not prepared to provide for their physical needs, they are also not prepared for the emotional world of dating and boy/girl friends.  As parents and members of the faith and community at large we have an obligation to protect them from threats – dating before the proper time is a threat.  Here are some rules that I believe will help us in this effort.

  1. We are to become a culture that embraces and prepares our children for marriage.  A young man and woman should be looking towards this end just as we prepare them for college. 
  2. Until a man is able to provide financially, emotionally and spiritually for a family he should not be allowed to pursue a young woman.  So many women get caught up with men  little boys who are not equipped to provide for even their basic needs because the culture no longer expects them to.

Part II tomorrow…