This week the 4 Moms of Many are answering reader questions.
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How did your family fare through all the severe storms/tornadoes yesterday?
OK, no one asked that, but you’re going to hear about it anyway.
Last night storm after storm moved through our area. We headed downstairs with our guests (now that’s one way to host an exciting get together) to keep up to date with some of the TV coverage so that they could safely get to where they were headed. Most of the large (several feet of tennis ball sized) hail hit 10 min. west of us, but this happened to our neighbor’s home:
Can’t see their house? It’s under the tree.
Amazingly everyone was fine and they had power even though the power box was pulled off the side of their house and the LIVE power lines were strewn across the ground. Not to self: If a tree falls on your house, do not walk around outside to access the damage unless you know exactly where the lines are.
We’ve had a number of trees come down in past storms and this time we fared much better. Matthew and Carter lost most of the hard work they put into preparing the soil, designing and planting their flower garden and the ‘waterfall’ in our backyard creek moved upstream about 3-5 ft. and of course we have all sorts of new debris to clear out.
Evidently our hometown area of southwest VA was hit hard and of course AL, not what you want in these economic conditions. However, we’re all fine and the kids (ours and the extra 4 who are here for the next several days) are excited to explore the damage around our yard.
Here are a couple of real answers:
Why do you avoid storybook Bibles?
We avoid storybook bibles because we want our children to hear, memorize and learn from God’s inspired Word. We believe that children are capable of understanding the Bible and would rather have them hearing (and reading) the inerrant Word of God rather than someone’s interpretation of some of the stories pulled out of context, cleaned up and simplified often with some of the facts omitted and sometimes additional ‘facts’ added to make the story more interesting.
We prefer to read the inspired story itself and then take the time to explain to our children what is happening and what it means within the context of the whole Word. We hope that since our children are hearing the Bible read that there will be less error, confusion or misunderstanding on their part.
As a side note, we also avoid most abridged versions of any literature (and I’m not putting the Bible in the same category) but we enjoy reading great literature to and with our children and the Bible in particular.
How do you humbly & gracefully say no to other families that want to spend time with your family(because our personalities click) but we have very very different beliefs? (They don’t believe the Bible is the Word of God)
Well, this will vary from family to family depending on your particular situation and standard. When we are around families with whom we disagree and are concerned about their influence on our children, we simply stay all together rather than having the children go off to play independent from the adults. We do this by hosting the get together out of doors where we are able to watch the children playing, or indoors and just have some planned activities. Hiking or picnicking are other excellent ways to keep everyone together in a group.
We try to follow the standards set for us in Proverbs when we select friends, so while we enjoy spending time with those who believe very differently from us, we develop close friendships with those who will strengthen and encourage us in godliness.
The home should be the center of ministry for Christians. This is where we are able reach out and demonstrate the love of Christ by welcoming believers and unbelievers in to fellowship in the intimate setting of family. So bottom line: minister to families as a family.
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