Building A Heritage Of Character

To Battle in Bedroom Slippers – Saturday Stories

Saturday-Stories-DarbyLieutenant Stanley Farwell was a gung-ho, freewheeling, macho member of Darby’s Rangers, an American unit which had its baptism of fire during the World War II North Africa Campaign.  In that he was no exception.  The unit was full of cowboy types. Farwell was, however an exception in shoe size.  When his size fourteen-and-a-half combat boots finally wore out, he discovered that the U. S. Army was ill-prepared for soldiers apparently related to Bigfoot. There were no replacements readily available.  What to do?

The resourceful young Stanley explored some abandoned houses.  In one he found some shoes, not quite his size but usable.  One problem: they were bedroom slippers. Not one to be put off by minor irritations, Stanley marched and fought in his fluffy footwear for some time before new boots could be procured for him.  During that time, Farwell’s jeep suffered a ruptured tire.  No spare was available!  Oh well, he’d have to improvise again.  

Under cover of night, Stanley went tire shopping.  In his bedroom slippers, he shuffled across a considerable portion of North Africa in the dark and found his way behind German lines.  Finally locating a German vehicle whose tires would fit his jeep, Stanley worked quickly and quietly to remove a wheel.  Undiscovered, he completed his task and stealthily shuffled–and rolled–his way back to American territory.

#CharacterConcepts #SaturdayStories #UncleRick

 

 

Hey, Little Buddies ~ A Word to the Wise, Timing can be Everything

Its-Unlce-RickHey, little buddies!
I was reading in Proverbs this morning and I came across a familiar verse.

It was Proverbs 27:14: He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, It will be reckoned a curse to him.

In other words, if you want to tell a friend how much you appreciate him, don’t wake him up early in the morning to do it. He won’t appreciate your kind words as much as he resents being awakened from a comfortable sleep. He’ll be as unhappy with you as if you had cursed him instead of pronouncing a blessing on him.

This is just one example of why it’s important to use wise timing in speaking to others. When you have something you really want to say, it’s easy to forget that the person you want to talk to may not be ready to hear you right now. The person may be busy, talking to someone else, distracted or not feeling well. There are lots of times when it’s better to wait than to speak as soon as you think of something to say.

Remember, it’s not just what you say. It’s also how you say it, to whom you say it, with what tone of voice you say it and when you say it.

 

 

Helping Your Children Hide God’s Word In Their Hearts~Part 4

BibleHide It, Then Use It!

Once you’ve led your kids in hiding the Word in their hearts, then you need to show them how to put it into practice, by taking them by the hand and using what you’re learning to bless others

By Love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

When my youngest daughter was 10 years old I told her I wanted her to have a ministry in our church. She was surprised and asked how that would be possible. I told her I wanted her to have a HUG ministry. I told her to look for an older person who was lonely and make it a point to give them a hug every week. As she did this, she began to develop strong relationships with widowers/elderly folks in our church and began to find other ways to be a blessing besides just giving them a hug and cheery greeting each Sunday.

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others….” Phillipians 2:4

LOOK for opportunities to serve- Prompt and guide them in looking for needs that they could help to meet. Teach them how to listen for hints of what a person likes, needs etc. Watch for opportunities to help new moms, single moms, or families whose dad is out of work or who have a sick child or whatever!

Lead and guide them in putting into practice what they’ve learned so it’s not just head knowledge. 

Romans 13:7 tells us “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”

One way we have put this into practice is by seeking ways to give honor to men who have served in the military. My daughter Kasey became extremely interested in hearing about my dad’s service in World War II. We started reading about the military engagements he was involved in. Then she started noticing men around town with World War II caps on their heads. We would go up and introduce ourselves, thanking them for their service to our country and their role in preserving our freedoms. Then we asked if we could visit them at a later date and hear about their experiences.

Kasey with Mr. FurrowIn attempting to show them honor we’ve been blessed beyond measure! To learn history from those who lived it has been so incredible. We still keep up our relationship with many of them and look for ways to be a blessing to them.

As you seek to look for ways to help your child apply Scripture it becomes a way of life. I love it when they begin to see opportunities to serve, and apply what they’re learning. It might be some work getting it started, but it will come back to bless you many times over as you watch your kids learn to be a blessing to others.

 ~Marilyn

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box ~ Mondays with Marilyn

Mondays-w-Marilyn-Outside-the-BoxIf you find something in your curriculum that strikes the interest of one of your kids, expand upon it.

Get a whole biography of some person mentioned in their history book, visit a veteran and learn history from those who lived it.

Cook “Math” one day instead of just doing the problems in a book. Learn the skeletal system by tracing your child and having them glue bones down to their outline, build a volcano in the sandbox with vinegar and baking soda.

Let your child start a business while they are still young to help learn financial skills.

Look for what motivates them and let it become part of your “school”.

Through Faith… What Does The Bible Say?

Sunday---What-Does-The-Bible-Say-GraceEphesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” 

These were two of the first verses I memorized as a young Christian.  I was eager to share my faith and the truth that we cannot save ourselves through good works was a critical part of the message.  Most of us are familiar with these verses.  And they get thrown around a lot in theological discussions. 

“It’s not by works!  Salvation isn’t by works and sanctification isn’t by works either!  Its’ all grace-it’s not by your works!”

And that’s true, as far as it goes.  But the discussion is often left very incomplete because the very next verse in Ephesians 2 is left out of the passage.  Verse 10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

So we are emphatically not saved BY good works.  But while we’re pontificating on that great truth, let’s not forget another one:  though we’re not saved BY good works, we are most definitely saved FOR good works.

Theologians will argue forever over the part good works play or don’t play in our spiritual growth.  But the undeniable fact is that we are saved for the purpose of doing good works in Christ’s name. 

Take whatever theological stand seems right to you, but at the same time—get to work.

 

 

 

He Was No Side Show ~ Saturday Stories

Saturday-Stories-BullSitting Bull was a famous fighting Indian chief, a great leader of the Sioux nation.

But after many years of warring against the American government, Sitting Bull was finally compelled to yield to superior numbers and surrender. A few years after his people gave up the warpath, he was befriended by Buffalo Bill Cody. Cody had been an army scout and had done his share of fighting against the Indians. But he held no malice toward the red man, and wanted to see him treated with fairness by the government and his rights respected.

A born showman, Cody put together Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, a sort of circus that included mock battles between real Indians and Bluecoat soldiers, stage coach robberies, buffalo hunts and gunfights. Wish I could have been there.

Buffalo Bill prevailed upon the old chief Sitting Bull to be a part of this show, rightly figuring that the famous chief would be a huge attraction for the crowd of Eastern show-goers who delighted in seeing a real live piece of the Wild West. Bill and Bull often traveled together from city to city between shows.

Whenever the train pulled into another town to take on passengers, fuel or water, Cody and the chief would step out onto the platform, address the crowd and shake hands in an attempt to generate interest in their show. Sitting Bull was indeed a huge attraction. People nearly trampled each other to crowd close for a look at the famous fighter. They shouted out offers of large amounts of money for a lock of his hair.

The Chief had experienced enough threats to his scalp to have grown very attached to it, so he politely declined such offers. However, he graciously offered a button off his coat for $5.00. This was a considerable amount of money in those days, but there was no shortage of takers. The Chief sold every button at one stop. As the train pulled away, people who had been disappointed in not having obtained one of the prized souvenirs would gang around the successful buyers and offer them far more than the $5 they had spent for a button. But some miles down the line, another town and another crowd was waiting. These people would want souvenirs too, and they wouldn’t be disappointed.

Because old Chief Sitting Bull was still just as cagey as he had ever been on the warpath.

As the train pulled out of town, he reached into his pocket for several more buttons and began to patiently sew them on his coat for the next crowd.