MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Not Every Mom a Stay At Home Mom

June 10th, 2015 Viewed 1611 times, 2 so far today

Mother and KidsMy mother stayed at home while her kids were young to watch us.  What she did when we were all at school was a mystery that I didn’t think about– she would always be there to pick us up at school to bring us home.  I think that many families pattern their behavior after what their parents did– or try to do better than their parents– so it shouldn’t surprise you that my wife all stays home with our kids((Interestingly, none of my siblings currently have this arrangement)).

Changes in the neighborhood

One of the problems with this change in home arrangement is that neighborhoods are a lot different depending on who lives there.  A few generations ago, when most moms were home, you could have safer neighborhoods with adult presence at most homes and kids playing at different homes under adult supervision.  My friend across the street and I played almost daily all during my childhood!

What Is Your Parenting Focused Upon?

June 8th, 2015 Viewed 1008 times, 2 so far today

windowslivewriterthepointisweareourchildrensparents-bdc8kidslisteningtomusic4.jpgJess Connell focuses on us parents like a laser in her post Is Your Parenting Focused on the wrong things?

Rather, I fear that too many moms of our generation “major” on these controversial, blood-pressure-raising, attention-getting second- or third-tier issues, while missing the basics:
  • character development
  • obedience
  • the day-in-day-out business of RAISING ENJOYABLE, CHEERFUL, KIND CHILDREN who are growing in their understanding of God and the world He has made.

Moms who fall into this trap are focused on the side-issues but missing the major things.

This applies to dads as well.  How invested are we in raising the next generation of God worshipers instead of living for self?  We need to be very careful with the lives that are entrusted to us– one dad tried to shame his daughter and ended up losing her.  Obviously this is not the way to parent.

Misplaced Priorities

May 13th, 2012 Viewed 2032 times, 1 so far today

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In the last post, I shared with you the sermon I gave this past Sunday for Mother’s day.  It was a moving message, the first time that I felt emotional while giving one, because I thought about how much our mothers give and think they are giving their children, but also how they often think they are doing well and find that they missed what was truly important.

I have seen far to many families have their children grow up in church and in a Christian school only to find that later on in life the children decide that their parent’s faith will not be their own.

Priorities

May 15th, 2008 Viewed 1601 times, 2 so far today

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Mary has a great post up with a great question:

God doesn’t require that we pursue Him only. But He does require that we seek Him first. It’s a case of keeping prioritized. Not always easy to do, is it?

In this post, she tackles sports, but there are things that each of us put high on our priority list every day, and what we prioritize says a lot about who we are to the outside world.

Do You Believe in Prayer?

January 24th, 2008 Viewed 8196 times, 2 so far today

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I would guess that a majority of us would say yes, and yet I believe that we’d be wrong. You see, I agree with Joel Hoffman in that I don’t think that those of us that call ourselves believers truly believe in prayer.

I have decided that I don’t believe in prayer. I don’t believe that God hears us when we speak to Him. I don’t believe that time I devote talking to God makes any difference whatsoever. It is a waste of time and I would rather do just about anything else, than to spend time on something so irrelevant as prayer. This is what I have come to realize.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.