Monday, June 13, 2011

My first flowers of the year!

Ok so it is the middle of June and I am just now getting the first blooms of the summer. And for the record the bright yellow carpet of dandelions in my yard do NOT count!

Last June my mother came to visit and brought me several plants. This is the first one to bloom but some of the others will soon be following suit. 

What a beautiful rich color. 

This is a picture of the flower garden on the east side of the house. As you can see I have put in boards around the edge. This prevents my mower from accidental mowing down my flowers. 

Here are some petunias that I planted on the south side of the house. It really loos nice but Trixie also thinks this is her personal sand box. She love to make that dirt fly. I figured that by putting plants in it (rather than seeds) it would keep her from digging. No such luck!

I also put a wood edge around this flower bed. if you look close you might be able to see the holes she has dug. 

Sing Praises to Your King!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

A Christian Parents Responsibility!

Ephesians 6:1-4
 The 4th commandment is mentioned here and it also reminds us that this commandment has a promise attached. This next section makes me scratch my head a little "Fathers do not provoke your children to anger" OK, But here is the deal sometimes I "a mother" can say one word and boom my child has been provoked to anger. I think we need to use discernment in this and often parents use this verse to throw discipline and expectations out the window. If we as parents walk on eggshells in our home for fear of angering our children we are not doing what God tells us next. "bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." Sometimes this means telling them things they do not want to hear but they need to hear. Just as our heavenly Father gives us what we need as apposed to what we want we also need to do this for our children.

I want to note that it is the parents duty to bring up the children in the instruction of the Lord. What does this look like?
Daily prayers,
Daily Bible readings (with discussion of what was read)
Memory work
Using every opportunity to teach our children about grace
Teaching your children the basic christian doctrine found in Luthers Small Catechism (that is what Luther designed it for)

It is not the Churches job to teach your children everything they need to know about God. The church is a useful tool and a great support but should not be the first and only place the children learn about God. When we stood in front of the church and God at the baptism of our children,  we took an oath  to teach them these truths. I wonder how many families actually take this oath to heart and complete this task?  If more families would have family worship time at home and make God the most important thing in their lives I think the children would grow and stay steadfast in their Christian faith as they finish confirmation and move on into adulthood.

What are your thoughts?
Sing Praises to Your King!