May 2011 Entries
With Father’s Day approaching, I have been thinking a lot about dads. I was raised by a wonderful, giving, kind, godly man; a man who adopted me when he married Mom. I’m thankful for his decision to adopt my brother and me every day. God called him to be our father. He just knew it was his role, regardless of how scary it may have been to take on two children.
God intends for us to lead happy lives, yet millions of people suffer from depression. And a lot of them are parents. Everyone has down moments and days, but depression is an all-consuming feeling of vulnerability and sadness. When you are depressed as a parent, it can throw the functioning of your whole family off. Your spouse and kids can get caught in the crossfire of your anxieties and sadness.
Do you speak negatively to your children? Do you feel you could be verbally abusive to your children or others? Are you a victim of verbal abuse yourself? Verbal abuse is a serious matter. Words can be the harshest weapon. The way you speak to your children will affect them even in the years to come.
The Bible is not just a part of our history; it is the foundation of our past, present, and future. Each written word is meant to be used as a stepping stone on our paths to eternal life. This year, the King James Version of the Holy Bible celebrates its 400th anniversary. Take time to teach your children the history of God’s Word through the years. They will grow to appreciate the Bible’s longevity more once they realize its history.
Last week, my blog was about memorizing Scripture and why it is important to teach your children to keep God’s words close to their hearts. This week, I’d like to continue the conversation and share with you what my children and I are learning about the armor of God. Ephesians 6:11-17 explains what the armor of God and how crucial it is for Christians to “clothe” ourselves in it each day.