“If we divorce our moral objections to relieving ourselves in the same room as other sinners, there’s safety to consider. ” (a response to a dear reader)
Parenting teens is nearly as exhausting as those sleep-deprived infant months and just as hair-raising as the unpredictable toddler years. There’s more pressure, too, as they hurl themselves rapidly toward adulthood while we scramble to prepare them in time. The key to survival is to stay on the same team.
It’s the all-important day to honor The One Who Gave Thee Life and Allows Thee to Continue Living and Eating and Wearing Clean Clothes. You know me, I always want to help out in every way I can. So I’ve created an easy checklist of ideas of things you can give the homeschool mom in your life.
Last Sunday, our pastor preached on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24: Do not quench the Spirit. — 1 Thess. 5:19 He explained that to quench is here the same as we imagine water quenching. Water quenches our thirst, stifles an activity, even extinguishes a fire. Sitting in my pew, I began to imagine a roaring fire. All around me, buckets of water overflowed with power, ready to dampen, cool, put out the flames. I shivered in apprehension. But what if that fire isn’t something dangerous, but rather something good, holy, right, and exciting? Maybe the fire in my heart is … a burden for souls, a guilt over bad habits, a compulsion to prayer, a longing for children, a calling to reach out in faith. That’s the Holy Spirit of God’s work in my life, a fire He starts with a purpose. But at my feet are buckets of laziness, or selfishness, or materialism, or mindless entertainment, or irresponsibility. How easy to splash those on the flames, to intentionally or unintentionally squash the warmth of God’s working in my heart. Then with a start, I realized I was sitting in a pew, …
So if we had been more transparent the last two decades of our marriage, what would others have seen? A lot of struggle over the issue of homeless children, refugees, and minority orphans. A lot of prayer, a few arguments, and a lot of tears.