"Thanks to my research related to child development and spiritual growth, I have become convinced that the spiritual war occurring in individual lives is pretty much won or lost by the age of thirteen. What parents do with their youngsters prior to the teen years is of paramount importance to the Kingdom of God on earth."
- George Barna
"More, habit is inevitable. If we fail to ease life by laying down habits of right thinking and right acting, habits of wrong thinking and wrong acting fix themselves of their own accord."
Everyday I am reminded of the consequences of wrong habits and how right habits are a blessing. Frequently I am told, "they are just being teens" or "he is only nine." However, their actions have caused sorrow and grief to this mama's heart. In Proverbs we are told, " Evenachild is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right." EVEN a child is know by his or her actions. Being diligent to nurture and admonish is exhausting yet absolutely necessary for the child and for the parents.
When you have confidence and evidence that your children love the Lord and seek to obey Him it brings joy. 3 John 1:4"I have no greater joy than to hear that mychildrenwalkin truth"
It brings joy not only to me, but to my children who obey and have established right habits.
Children who have established wrong habits do not know the joy of the Lord and as the Bible says they bring heaviness to their mother. Proverbs 10:1 "The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolishson is the heaviness of his mother."
"Parents, so you wish to see your children happy? Take care, then, that you train them to obey when they are spoken to, to do as they are bid...teach them to obey while young, or else they will be fretting against God all their lives long, and wear themselves out with the vain idea of being independent of His control."
Do take care, for even a child is know by his actions and consequences are faced by more than that child.
Our friend, Miss Andrea, has been watching my kiddos on Thursdays. Andrea is a gracious and godly example to my kiddos! Abigail, Matthew and Josiah love her and are always thrilled to spend the day with her! Andrea has been doing science and history with them using our Abeka books. The history lesson for today was freedom of the press and they were all given the opportunity to dictate while Miss Andrea typed what they wanted to say. They are a delight to read!
"I love my mommy. I kiss her on the cheek because I love her. I love my daddy. I just love him. He is my best daddy ever. I like to play with cars. My favorite colors are yellow and green."
"I hug my mommy once I go to bed. My mommy takes good care of me and I try to take care of my mommy. I like to keep her safe. I like to walk with my mommy. My daddy is on a ship and he is probably asleep right now. My daddy works so hard for us. We help him a lot, too. We put fire in the furnace with him. Daddy and I like to work and we like to go to people's houses and help them. I like to fix clocks with my daddy. I like to take pictures with daddy. I like to play cars with him."
"When my mom was sick I had to get up early in the morning to wake up my grandma. Once Isaac was born we had to come home from Aunt Ellie and Uncle Matt's house. Then, one time, we went north and we found lots of big Petoskey stones. My mom found big ones and I found little ones. Then, it was my birthday! I got to go to TJ Maxx with my mom. I pushed a shopping cart around the store! We all got a birthday peach and we watched some bugs eat peaches too. It was so disgusting that I couldn't watch it anymore. I got a bear that said, 'Welcome to my Garden.' My mommy likes to hug me and pretend to spank me and tickle me. I like to come to Miss Andrea's house."
Abigail is a tremendous helper. This evening she came in while I was cleaning the bathroom and asked what she could do. Most of Isaac's diapers are changed by Abby and she empties out his potty chair. She is always asking if there is anything she can do to help. Abigail quite often sings while she works and she has a cheerful smile as well. I am very thankful for this sweetie that God has blessed her family with!
Abigail's lovely dress was made by Miss Laura. We met Laura and her family at a local farmer's market. Laura is serving the Lord through serving her family and others. Laura's Little Ladies Feminine Apparel for Girls firstname.lastname@example.org Laura's blog
These pictures are a couple weeks old now, but wanted to still post them. Isaac likes to sleep with his hands by his face. We moved his hammock to the wider position, so he is able to sleep on his side. Grandma realized he does not care to sleep on his back.