Monday, May 31, 2010
Do you like the headphones? Apparently, they weren't that much help in keeping her on key. Isn't she reading her music very intently? This is what she was reading.I'm not exactly sure when Emery learned that you read notes to make music. She tried to do it on her own first. But only succeeded in making a tripod. Then she asked me to write down the stuff you make music with. So I wrote a few notes for her to get her started. 6 pages later, we had a lot of singing to do...
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
The actual words of the chorus are "Forever, author of salvation..." but if you listen closely, the kids think it is "Arthur of Salvation." Emery knows that Jesus has several names such as Emmanuel and King of Kings, etc. She told me this morning that Arthur of Salvation is one of Jesus' names!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Despite a very thorough talking to and appropriate consequences, it happened again. Only this time it was Emery and Andrew who were guilty. Guess who the master mind is behind the capers? That's right, the youngest - our 3 year-old girl. Candy is definitely one of her biggest idols right now. So, I decided to pull out the big guns...the 10 commandments - THOU SHALT NOT STEAL...
Obviously, they don't seem too excited about the verse...it has yet to penetrate their hearts.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
- ...effective parents understand new birth. Statistically, most Christian parents assume their child's new birth. This could be your biggest parenting mistake.
- The bottom line is this: New birth is known by its fruits, not by a decision. The most important fruit is hunger for God himself. Effective parents assume this, and patiently wait for sustained fruit before they render a verdict.
- New birth normally comes to children through the teaching, example, and relationship that they have with their parents, especially their father. Parents are God's means of grace given to effect the child's conversion.
- In a God-centered family, everyone serves God by submitting to the authority over them. The husband focuses on pleasing God, not his wife. The wife focuses on pleasing God by submitting to her husband's authority rather than pleasing her children. The children please God by honoring and obeying their parents.
- Transferring morality is the primary goal of secular parenting...By contrast, the goal of Christian parenting is heart transformation...Tedd Tripp notes, 'A change in behavior that does not proceed from the heart is not commendable, it is condemnable.'
- Gospel-Powered Parenting will emphasize the parents' relationship with God, with each other, and with their children, in that order. The emphasis of this book is that parenting is not primarily about doing the right things. It is about having the right relationship with God - a relationship informed by the gospel.
- Have you ever notice that most books on parenting - Christian and secular - emphasize technique?...This book will take another approach. I want to change your thinking, especially how you think about God and yourself. If I am successful, the techniques will take care of themselves. That is because what we do is a by-product of how we think. People change their behavior as their understanding of God and man changes.
- The most important example that parents possess is their marriage. Our marriages preach. They preach a message that either attracts or repels our children...God wants your child to watch your marriage and think, 'I want a marriage like that, and I want the God that produced it.'
- [Quoting an article from Time magazine] 'From the Reformation until the 1830's most parenting manuals were written for fathers. Before this time, society assumed that mothers were assistant fathers. Now it is assumed that fathers are assistant mothers.' Why did previous generations assume the father's lead role? Because culture assumed that the Bible was the primary instruction manual for parents, and the Bible addressed its parenting instructions not to mothers, but to fathers!...When men assume their proper role, parenting thrives.
I could go on and on. My book is starred and underlined all throughout. I appreciate how Farley puts parenting in its proper context. He explains the relevant biblical texts, explains the importance of theology to parenting, uses good illustrations, useful statistical information and writes in an easy to understand manner.
I recommend this book as a must read - top 3 in terms of a foundational parenting book. Shepherding a Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp and Duties of Parents by J.C. Ryle would be the other 2. There are many other good parenting books out there that are more specific, ie - books explaining how to discipline children, how to parent teenagers, etc. As parenting is so complex and so different for each child and each stage of life, no 1 book covers it all. But this one sets an exceptional biblical, Gospel centered foundation.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I've always thought Andrew was more athletic than Matt, and he probably is. But Matt is making baskets on the "big hoop" at the same age (5) that Andrew started to. So maybe we'll have 2 future Lakers...that is if their careers as fire fighter paramedics at the Emporia Fire Department doesn't work out.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
And on a separate note, I am very proud of Sandy for giving her first message to a large group of women. She taught about the "Secrets of Submission" at our last women's ministry event - Women Equipping Women. If you want to listen, click here and enjoy! The boys and girl are blessed to have a great mom who teaches them God's Word and the ladies of our church!
Monday, May 10, 2010
My son do not reject the discipline of the Lord or hate his reproof. For whom the Lord loves, He disciplines, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. Prov 3:11-12
This was a good verse to remember for myself. Too often I tend to look at refining difficulties and struggles as bad. But these are the good and loving corrections from the God who delights in a sinner like me because of the glorious atoning sacrifice of Christ.