Vacation

December 27, 2007

I’m on vacation until January 2nd, so posting will be sporadic if at all. I hope each and every one of you had a Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2007

Blogging Firsters

December 22, 2007

Well it looks like the FirstKids family bloggers are starting to reveal themselves. Here are the three blogs that I know about:

The Boyle Family

The Lindler Family

The Wallace Family

If anyone knows of any others let me know!

Is your Christmas season this confusing?

Thursday Links of Interest

December 20, 2007

chain-link-copy.gifPreaching to Smothered Mama’s Boys – Anthony Bradley makes some interesting insights

Dr. Russell Moore on the importance of adoption<

My Daddy’s Name is Donor? – Dr. Al Mohler looks at the heartbreaking effects of sperm donorship.

Treasuring Our Traditions – The ladies at Girltalk write about Noel Piper’s insightful book.

The Stars of Heaven Confirm Biblical Creation

Santa vs. Jesus – Here is an interesting article on the potential dangers of lying to your children about the reality of Santa. I even chimed in on the comments.

scales.jpegThe main point of Tripp’s tenth chapter is that communication is a lifestyle. It is a lifestyle that, if done properly, will take time. It is a lifestyle that has costs but also has eternal benefits.

For effective communication to take place, parents must become good listeners. Tripp states,

“Some people think listening is what you do between opportunities to say something. During listening times they don’t listen at all. They are deciding what to say. Don’t be such a parent. The Proverbs remind you that the fool does not delight in understanding, but in airing his own opinions” (Proverbs 18:2) (Tripp, 90-91)

Proper communication requires mental stamina. You must keep your thoughts focused. You must also bring integrity to your interaction with your children. Tripp states,

“You should show them repentance. Acknowledge your joys and fears and how you find comfort in God. Live a shared life of repentance and thankfulness. Acknowledge your own sin and weakness. Admit when you are wrong. Be prepared to seek forgiveness for sinning against your children. The right to make searching and honest appraisal of your children lies in willingness to do the same for yourself.” (Tripp, 91)

One of the most important benefits of a lifestyle of communication with your children is that when your children leave home they will seek that comfort of the home experience with like-minded Christians. This is hard work for parents to instill this type of lifestyle to their children. There will be costs.

“Parenting will mean that you can’t do all the things that you could otherwise do. It will affect your golf handicap. It will modify the amount of time you have for bowling, hunting, television, or how many books you read. It will mean that you can’t develop every interest that comes along. The costs are high.” (Tripp, 97).

The costs are high but the rewards are eternal. Are you preparing yourself and your children for this eternal challenge?

A Partridge in a What?

December 18, 2007

19-partridgeinapeartree72.jpgGot this in an email this morning…

What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a Christian reality which the children could remember.

1. The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

2. Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

3. Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

4. The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

5. The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

6. The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

7. Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching,
Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

8. The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

9. Nine ladies dancing was the nine fruit of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

10. The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

11 The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

12. The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

Now it all makes sense!!