Thursday, January 1, 2015
Friday, December 5, 2014
"Matthew Henry was born at Broad Oaks, Shropshire, England, on October 18, 1662....[he] was physically weak, but it was not long before his strength of intellect and character made themselves known. At the age of three, he was reading the Bible; by the time he was nine, he was competent in Latin and Greek. He spent his first eighteen years being tutored at home, in an atmosphere that was joyfully and lovingly Christian.
"He loved to hear his father preach. A sermon on Psalm 51:17 first awakened in young Matthew a desire to know the Lord personally. He was only ten years old at the time, but the impression was lasting. When he was thirteen, Matthew wrote an amazingly mature analysis of his own spiritual condition, a document that reads like an ordinary paper. Often, after hearing his father preach, Matthew would hurry to his room and pray that God would seal the Word and the spiritual impressions made to his heart so that he might not lose them. God answered those youthful prayers."
(From 10 People Every Christian should Know by Warren W. Wiersbe)
How precious it is to take a quick glimpse into the young life of this man who few Christians don't at least know by name. How many of us have his great Commentary on our shelves and many of us actually use it. There is little of the usual controversy about denomination and difficult passages that are often argued over. This is a commentary we can all benefit from, it is so devotional and practical. And written by a man who came to know the Savior young, and never went astray from that faith. This, dear ones, is a Christian hero. This friends, is the kind of story we would want our children to have, though it is far more difficult now than it was in Matthew Henry's day. But we can do our best.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Well, here we go. We all know what December brings and what it's like. Mainly for us and the point of this post is to mention that we've started the cycle of Bright Gems prayers again at the Facebook page. This time, for the winter months, we have this cute snowman hiding behind the prayers. I hope folks will join in with us in praying for our children and grandchildren. God bless you this month and always.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Currently, there's not much selling going on over at the website, but folks still go visit for the articles, so we'll just leave things be for now. There is a sense where you might say we've gone out of business, but the PayPal buttons remain for those items which are still available if anyone wants them. But as for the articles, this particular one still remains as one of the most popular, and one of my personal favorites from the long ago newsletter.
Thought it was a good time to remind folks of it, in case anyone stops by. I love this season of making apple cake, apple crisp, and apple pie. I would imagine you do too, and really, apples are quite healthy in more ways than you may think. Eating a fresh apple is one of the best things your children can do for their overall health.
Happy cooking as we approach Thanksgiving. What goes better with this wonderful holiday than an apple pie?
Saturday, November 1, 2014
"What a field of happiness and usefulness is open to the girl with little brothers and sisters!" ~ from Beautiful Girlhood, Karen Andreola. And this painting by Seymour Joseph Guy aptly illustrates that point. I hope you're dear children, especially your daughters are learning the value of having siblings. What lessons are learned by their mere presence and sharing of the same home.
Friday, October 24, 2014
This poem was one of our Speakables back when we were first offering them and what a good one to teach our children. Not only is this a lesson for them, but for us as well. How quickly we give up at times. And the best we can do for our kids is to let them see us, hanging in there, persevering when things go wrong or get tough.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
This special offer continues, having been extended from the beginning of the school year now until the end of the calendar year. I don't know how many times or how often we'll do this, but there is no better time than now to purchase this book. Not familiar with it? Well the book description is here and the special offer is here. Also tell your friends who may be wanting a daily devotional for their kids or one to do with them and one which will help them discuss character issues along with some basic Christian doctrine.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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,