Winter Musings

1. A Visit with an Elderly Friend

I’ve been that friend, called on to warn or encourage. Just recently when talking to a young friend, I realized that the expression, “I’ve walked that path,” is no longer true.

Perhaps each generation has had to blaze its own path but it is just more noticeable with this generation. Those of you training children now are facing new challenges. Challenges like phone and computer, COVID, the church’s shift with culture. But, I have good news. We the old and the young can still meet because we do have a guarantee to offer. God’s promises are true and ageless, unaffected by happenings such as COVID. Promises such as:

Isaiah 41:10 - “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 -“It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

John 16:33 – “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 32:8 - “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

While I have never walked your path, I can assure you that God’s power, authority, love and plan remains steadfast through all the generations.

2. Championship Discipline Tip

Your child has politely ignored your instruction. You have noticed this before and dealt with it with reminders and warnings. This time before charging to make behavior change, pause and focus.

Remember that it is not the behavior that is your main concern but the motivation for that behavior — the heart that could behave that disrespectful way.

So, before stomping on the behavior, (And I know how aggravating continued sinful responses can be when you’re training.) remember the steps you want to take. Perhaps your steps will include:

1) Pausing first to connect with God.

2) Enjoying honest communion with the Father, where you reveal your need and acknowledge your submission.

3) Proceed with correction now with a heart truly seeking to see God glorified.

The need to take these steps may arise multiple times an hour! Stay focused. Surrender to the only One who can guide you for lasting training. He will guide you to individualize your training, rather that responding with textbook rules.

3. Fun Read-Aloud

I really enjoy this season of the year and the opportunities that arise for read-alouds. You may do all of the reading or you may share with your children. Whenever and however you organize your read-aloud time please remember: