Sunday, September 7, 2014
More often than not this is the best combination ever--a child and a pet. Often there's a special bond of love and understanding, and often children are taught very good qualities of character via the care of a pet. They can and most likely will also have one of their first encounters with grief when a beloved one of God's creatures who has shared their life and home departs. It might even be a fish or a little hamster. Whatever its nature, the shared love and/or responsibilities of its care are worthwhile in any child's development. So if you can, and there are no health issues or other legitimate hindrances, I would highly recommend you enrich your child's life this way.
We have a new board at Pinterest, and it's called "Children and Pets" and there you'll find other pictures like this one. To qualify for this board, there has to be a pet and a child together, and oh, some hint of the love factor. The pin this photo is from is here, and the board is to the right of that. Enjoy.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Total we started our SIXTH cycle of the Bright Gems Prayers at the Facebook page. It's hard to believe we've been through them that many times but we have. And we'll keep on until the Lord somehow let's us know we need to stop. Even though I do the posting and wrote the prayers, I say "we" because there's a sense in which these prayers are shared by quite a few of us. They don't have a huge number of people who have a particular regard for them, but there are a few who use them as reminders and who I do believe join in with some or all of them. So, hence, I say this is a plural thing. And I'm so very thankful. Above is Day 1 of Month 1 of the three months in the new format just started today. I hope the words written here are your prayer too.
Many blessings to your household,
Saturday, August 23, 2014
So sorry for the typo on the word "sickness" but the truth of this is the important thing. While in Ecclesiastes we're taught there is a time for this and that, indeed it's not handed to us in a neat little package from which we can choose those times. What is a Family? is a wonderful book, authored by Edith Schaeffer, and I highly recommend it for your library if you don't have it. It's available for your Kindle at a great price.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I saw this link on Facebook to a sight with pictures of babies on their first birthday doing what those one year olds do best--smashing their cakes. But this pro-life page had a sobering message: "Every baby deserves a birthday." Oh, how true this is. Go see these delightful babies here.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
This could be said of mothers too, but the focus of Mr. Pink's article was fathers, and oh what a quote for them to remember. The charge given to fathers by the Lord our God is indeed a solemn one. They are to bring up these young ones unto Him, in the fear and nurture of Him, and with an eye to the fact, as the article further states, that their families are "nurseries" for both Church and State. The charge given can only be done prayerfully and carefully. So we must pray for fathers!
But as solemn a charge we see that they have--what a precious privilege! Ohhh, they will have to fix bikes and other toys from time to time. They will have to even apply bandages and kiss away tears of disappointment. But beyond that, to think that "in their hands are deposited the hope and blessing, or else the curse and plague, of the next generation." Indeed, what a solemn charge! But always remember, with every large responsibility, there is more than often a blessed privilege. And as we know, with that responsibility and privilege, God meets us along the way and promises not to leave the task for us to do without His help. Wonderful news indeed.
Praying for you fathers [and mothers].
In His love,
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Exactly four years ago today, I posted an article from the old website about having parties at home for your kids, and this serves as a reminder, since I do believe in the principles set forth in it. Brings many memories of days gone by when we had parties in this home and what fun. And not were they just fun, but there were many precious memories stored away for a lifetime. Who knows what God can do with that. The article is still there if you would like to read it.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Father's Day is almost here and around here we do realize the importance of a loving and faithful father in the life of any child. What a blessing to those who have one. Unfortunately, all don't, but that won't stop us from praying for and striving to see more. a valuable asset indeed.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Well, happily for customers, not only has the regular price for the Bright Gems for His Crown book been reduced, perhaps forever, but the special offer for our online friends has also been reduced and extended. Here's the direct link for folks which can be only accessed via Facebook, Pinterest, and this blog. Take advantage here. Not only does this book teach your kids character qualities, but at the same time there's mixed in the doctrines about God and Jesus which we all hold dear. Your older primaries can use it for personal devotions or you can use it for family devotions with all the ages, including the younger ones. This is apparently what quite a few families do.
God bless and do spread the word.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
May we never forget and may we be sure to not only teach this to our children, but guide them in it. This is a quote from our beloved booklet "The Duties of Parents" by Mr. Ryle that we did a series on not too long ago. You can find those posts under the "parenting" and "J.C. Ryle" categories to the left.