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Raising Boys

Raising BoysI grew up in a family of girls, never having much close exposure to boys. When Rick and I started our family, sure enough we had the first boy grandchild for both sets of our parents. I remember thinking- Wow, what do I do with a boy? As a matter of fact, we had 4 little boys in a row, all 18 months apart form each other! When our oldest son was just 3 months old, we began attending a Sunday school class in which the teacher talked about internalizing Scripture. This was something so new to me, being a new Christian myself.
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What To Do With Boys~Part 1

BDaniel Booneoys and Heroes

It’s trendy today to refer to “role models” for boys. Why might that be? Why doesn’t anybody suggest that boys should have “heroes” anymore? Read More…

Taking Matters Into Her Own Hands ~ What Does The Bible Say…

Sunday---What-Does-The-Bible-Say-RebekahGenesis 27:21-23

“Then Rebekah took the best garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them on Jacob her younger son. And she put the skins of the young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck. She also gave the savory food and the bread, which she had made, to her son Jacob.”

What’s going on here?

The connivings of a mother to help her favorite son steal his brother’s paternal blessing. Jacob had already conned Esau out of his birthright. Now he wants the blessing of the firstborn too. But from the text, it appears that this theft was his mother’s idea, not his own. She is going behind her husband’s back to help one child rob another. Sibling rivalry on steroids.

What a despicable idea!

Of course we don’t know what other factors might have entered into the situation. We aren’t told whether Esau had been a rebel from youth, repeatedly breaking his mother’s heart. It’s possible that Jacob had been very good to his mother and that Rebekah knew villainous things about Esau that Isaac never recognized.

Be all that as it may, Rebekah is taking matters into her own hands that had been entrusted by God to her husband.

It may have seemed like a wise and even necessary act at the time. But read next week’s Sunday Scripture to see how it worked out.

Saturday Stories ~ The Exploding Ship

Saturday-Stories-SDBoys of Liberty Collection 3- The War of 1812 Series

Stephen Decatur is said to have been the first national military hero after the War of Independence. Starting as a lowly midshipman in his late teens, he was promoted to the high rank of Commodore while still a young man.

Of the many adventures that advanced his career was an especially dangerous one that took him and his comrades right under the noses of enemy guns. It was in the midst of our conflict with the Barbary Pirates, a very early episode in our Read More…

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

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.