14 June 2009

Just Puzzled

I just have a few questions tonight--

1. Why is all new stuff seen as progress? I'm reading some books about how dating has fallen aside and hooking up is the norm... First of all , I'm so glad that I wasn't on the scene when this was started... second, I'm appalled at what my kids are going to have to wade through... third, I'm saddened by what kids are having to deal with in this fallen world.

2. Have things really gotten so bad, or did we not hear about it before 24/7/365 news broadcasting? I know bad things have happened since forever, but when people were in small towns and only knew each other, and just read the paper or met at the store, dangerous and damaging fads couldn't spread throughout the whole nation as fast as they do now. People didn't get evil ideas from other people, and replicate it.

3. Are y'all praying for the kids your kids may marry one day? Are you praying for the parents of the kids your kids may marry one day? It takes alot to stand against the tide of today's 'normal' nasty behavior.

4. We need to pray for our own parenting skills and create parent supporters who think like you think. Strength in numbers! It's powerful when your kids hear some other adult teach and preach the same/similar thing that you do.

Here is a prayer that I cut out of a K-LOVE devotional from last year:

"Lord, help me to give my children the best- not of things, but of myself, cherishing them on good days and bad, theirs and mine. Teach me to accept them for who they are, not just for what they do; to listen to what they say, if only so they'll listen to me; to encourage their goals, not mine. Let me give them a home where respect and integrity are the cornerstones, and there's enough happiness to raise the rood. May I give them the courage to be true to themselves; the independence to take care of themselves, and the faith to believe in You. May I didscipline them without demeaning them, demad good manners without forgetting my own, and let them know they have limitless love ni matter what they do. Let me feed them properly, clothe them adequately, and have enough to give them small allowances - not for the work they do, but the pleasure they bring. Let me be moderate in all these things, so that the joy of getting will help them discover the joy of giving. See that their responsibilities are real but not burdensome, that my expectations are high but not overwhelming, and that my praise is thoughtful and given when it's due. Help me to teach them that excellence is work's real reward. And when it comes- let me revel in each honor, however small, without once pretending that it's mine- my children are glories enough. Above all, let me ground them so well in Your truth taht I can let them go. In Jesus' name, Amen!"