Monday, 15 November 2010
We are in the incredibly fortunate position to have our children currently at home with us. Now I think I need to clarify, our children are 27years old and 34 years old. So we not only have our children living with us but we also have our 4 year old grand son living with in our home as well. My husband is a busy person and it takes very little to guess that our home is often likened to a railway staion noise, people and everything else!
Home is a vital place in a family, it is a place where masks can be left at the door and pure joy can emunate from every pore of your being or dispair can drape itself like a wet heavy blanket around your shouldres. It is a place of lively communication and often a home can be filled with confidences. It is real vibrant and alive.
Our scripture today is:
Deuteronomy 6:7a You shall teach them diligently to your sons.
As parents we have enormous responsibilities to teach our children properly. The spiritual education of a child rests at the parents feet. This would be taught through being a Godly example as well as teaching our children the value of The Word of God.
E.M. Bounds wrote this:
CHARACTER AND CONDUCT
Conduct is what we do;
Chracter is what we are.
Conduct is the outward life; character is theis the life unseen,
Hidden within, yet evidenced by that which is seen.
Conduct is external, seen from without;character is internal operating within....
Character is the state of the heart, conduct is its outward expression.
Character is the root of the tree, conduct, the fruit it bears.
I read somewhere that it takes creative parenting to teach our children Christian values and responsibilities. We all have the same amount of time, 24 hours a day.
Ann Launders (some of you may remember her column) printed these house rules from a lady in california:_
If you sleep on it-
Make it up.
If you wear it-
Hang it up.
If you drop it-
Pick it up.
If you eat out of it -
Put it in the sink (in my house I add wash it up!)
If you spill it-
Wipe it up.
If you empty it-
Fill it up.
If it rings-
If it howls-
If it cries-
Living together is often difficult and certainly not easier when you are all adults...however it can be pure joy, and most of the time it is. We have pow - wow meeting every now and again to facilitate honest dialogue with each other...what do you do in your home?
1 Cor.13 is our measuring stick always.
Let me end with something from John Henry Jowett:-
The Bible doesn't say very much about homes; it says a GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE THINGS THAT MAKE THEM. It speaks about love and joy and peace and rest. If we get a house and put these things into it, we shall have secured a home.
Remember Jesus and I love you