“Let no man despise thy youth” was a verse I heard often growing up. It’s found in 1 Timothy 4:12 (KJV), and I think it resonated with me because I always seemed to be the youngest in anything I did. I started 1st grade when I was 5, so I was the youngest in my class, the youngest in the office when I got a job, etc. The verse is an encouragement to anyone who feels they are “too young” to handle a role they’ve been given. But the verse doesn’t stop there. It goes on Continue reading
Christ, the Cornerstone of Truth
There is a saying about children that goes, “If you don’t teach them, the world will!” That is a frightening thought! Just look at the spiritual landscape of America today. In recent years, there has been a rapid growth in what many are calling “New Spirituality,” a worldview that emphasizes the supernatural along with dissatisfaction with traditional institutions. This worldview claims that everyone ultimately prays to the same god or spirit. In addition, it asserts that “meaning and purpose come from becoming one with all that is,” and it promotes the concept of karma, the idea that if you do good to others, good will come your way. Continue reading
Children thrive on ritual. Just think back to your own childhood. Did you recite the same prayer every night before falling asleep? What about asking your mother to read the same book over and over again “just one more time”? Or perhaps your family opened presents every Christmas Eve after the candlelight service.
When I was a little girl, every Friday after school I would go to my grandmother’s house and spend the night there. We had great fun making fried egg sandwiches for dinner and then watching my favorite program on TV. The next morning, Grandmom would accompany me on the two-mile walk back to my house. During this time together, we forged precious memories that still warm my heart to this day, over 60 years later. Continue reading
Also remembering and praying for the families who have lost a hero, and whose lives have been forever changed because of this.
Though my parents were born-again Christians with a deep faith and personal relationship with Christ, I was raised with a legalistic spin on Christianity. There were more “don’ts” than “dos,” and many activities were prohibited in the name of Jesus. No dancing, no movies, no Sunday activities except church, naps, and studying my catechism lesson. We were taught that “wordly” things were evil, and as Christian we could not participate. This was fairly typical for the culture and era in which I was raised. Continue reading