Archive for November, 2011

Parents’ talk

Monday, November 14th, 2011

In light of several current topics and news stories, we have a prime opportunity for, Parents’ talk!

I mean it, really, Parents talk, parent’s talk!

And not just to each other about how crazy the kids are or what the latest problem is. The news story of last week should have given parents around the country a reason to talk about several topics. Sex, for one. What is right and wrong. Appropriate actions between adults and kids. Not to hide or cover up problems. You always get caught. It gets worse and affects more people the longer you wait to do what is right.

Marriage and who to marry could have been on the list in the last few weeks, too. Finances may be another constant topic available out there.

Talk is important to your kids as you discuss your heart. Bring your thoughts and beliefs into the conversation as they ask questions and think about things. Believe me they are thinking and hearing a lot of other conversations about these topics and events. Don’t put such pressure on the conversation that you never have it.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 talks about weaving your faith into daily things. The book of Proverbs identifies several topics for fathers and parents to talk about: wisdom, finances, family, marriage, morality, friends, character, etc. Use the web for a scripture search on BibleGateway.com or similar. Search the topic and have a couple of verses ready. Then just start, call a family meeting, whether they like it or not. It is that important. If they ask “why” and they will, tell them because it is time to talk. It is always the right time to do the right thing. It’s your responsibility as a parent to talk to your kids and shape them because one day they will need to be adults and parents who talk to their kids.

Not sure if I like it

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I’ve been reading a couple of devotional thoughts taken from Floyd McClung’s book Follow and found these questions really made me check my heart. Part of the question goes back to “why” and your purpose. Do you follow Christ with delight or out of duty? How is your Christian walk perceived by those around you?

Do you want to know the will of God for your life so you can decide if you like it or not? Or do you want to know so you can please God and obey him?

Do you tend to say to God, “I’ll give you such and such if you do so and so for me”? Or are you prepared to commit to obey his will, even without knowing what it is?

—Floyd McClung in Follow