Day 38- summer solstice

June 21, 2018

Growing up, geography was where we got to remember important things like when the year is divided and so on. So June 21 became an important date to remember.

It is also the International Music Day. I heard this recently on my car radio. Radios are again in fashion now – they help pass the time while driving.

Today I went to the big library on our campus. I needed to take a right turn, as there was space in the parking lot on the right. And taking the turn, I am not sure what happened, but I ran over the divider. A loud crunch brought me back to reality and I realized I had done something I should not have. I backed the car up- thankfully no cars behind and moved into my right lane and drove on. As though nothing happened. Life is about play-acting. If at my age I fall down in a public space, I look around to see if anyone is watching and quickly get up and walk away as if nothing happened. But if I fall down at home, there will be a ruckus- I will make a loud noise and ensure I get the pampering I should.

I read about an actor and his wife of 20 years splitting up. They are friends with another high profile couple whose wife sees a lot of the first couple. It sounds like a movie thing in real life to me. Exchange of spouses?

Cafeterias are open around me. Roads are very empty as I drive to work. It is the summer vacation- schools closed. The few who are not taking a vacation are at work, lazily. Office hours are lax. The heat is getting everyone lethargic.





5 Ways to Disciple Your Kids this Summer

Great advice for parents- a good reminder for me.

Here's the thing...

Being a Christian parent and parenting Christianly are two different things. The Bible is replete with stories of notably faithful people who have notoriously unfaithful children. So, what does it mean to parent Christianly? That is, what is the Biblical pattern in parenting?

More books have been written to answer that question than any mom or dad could read in a lifetime. They range from the practical to the theoretical, from the philosophical to the psychological. And yet, with each curveball our kids throw at us, it seems like another one needs to be written.

Whatever the approach, a book on parenting Christianly is only as good as it is Biblical, and the more Biblical it is the more there seems to be a dominant theme:

Christian parenting means discipleship.

Chap Bettis makes the case this way in his book The Disciple-Making Parent:

What method did Jesus use to…

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Day 29 – Green Light

Trust and obey.

Principle Michelle

A few days ago, I was searching for inspirational quotes to give to a young lady who doesn’t know the Lord. She has lots of struggles — including depression. As a strategy for countering some of her dark thoughts, her counselor recommended going on Pinterest to find inspirational quotes and memes. I was inspired to help her create a scrapbook to keep at school that she could pull out whenever she feels unsafe. It will serve to remind her that she is loved and valued. In her case, irrational fears and unbelief are keeping her stuck in a scary cycle that’s hard to break without a strong foundation of trust in the Lord.

We are like this young woman in some respects. We want to do what’s right, but we question whether the choices we make are the right choices. So, we ask others for their opinions and ask God…

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