There is so much I want to post about, but I find so little time to sit down and spend in front of the computer. So today, I’m just going to jump in and answer some reader questions from my email inbox and from the 4 Mom’s Facebook page.
Gencie asks, “What Bible translation do you use: for personal reading, for study, for reading to the kids?”
Our family has a handful of translations that we will use. The New American Standard Version, the King James Version, the New King James Version, the Geneva Bible and the English Standard Version.
We don’t have a particular version that we use for a particular task.
One note about the ESV: adult topics are generally translated in much plainer language than the other versions that we use.
For example Genesis 38:9:
King James Version -
Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
English Standard Version -
But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his. So whenever he went in to his brother’s wife he would waste the semen on the ground, so as not to give offspring to his brother.
Shannon wondered about, “Hotels with large families!”
We don’t do them. We just can’t afford it.
Back a little more than 10 years ago (the last time we stayed in a hotel), no one asked how many people would be staying in a room. At that time with 6 or so small children, we rented one room and squeezed everyone in, no problem.
Then some legislation was passed in regard to fire codes or something and now all hotels have a maximum number of people they will allow per room. We simply can’t afford to pay for 3 hotel rooms and so we don’t stay in hotels. Instead we choose to tent camp, rent a house or stay in a bed and breakfast as all of these options are less expensive for our family than staying in a hotel.
Carrie wanted to know about “sibling bickering”.
I’ve talked a lot about this topic:
Have any other big families changed your thinking on things and if so, how?
Yes. We have been blessed to be part of a Christian community both here and back where we lived before we moved here, that is more like family than anything else. We work, play and live together (as a matter of fact we just spent a week tent camping in Canada with two other families from our community). We pray for and with each other. We discuss scripture, books and sermons and we learn and push each other all. the. time.
HOW have others changed our thinking? God has used this community/family consistently and relentlessly to help us to grow in Him. With all the discussion and interaction, it’s hard to give specifics because the influence has been far reaching. It reminds me of the multitude of Proverbs that speak of the importance of godly companions. We’ve been greatly blessed in this area.
Jenny asked two questions. “Do you allow your children to sleep over at friends’ homes?”
We haven’t to this point.
This is not an absolute rule, but up to this point it hasn’t really come up. Most (all?) of our kids’ friends’ families have the same standards on spending the night that we do.
Depending upon the circumstances, we would consider it, but honestly, how much good comes from a group of 10 years olds talking all night long with no adult supervision?
Our kids have had several occasions to spend the night with their many cousins.
“Do you allow your teenage girls to read (Christian) romance novels?”
They haven’t read any up to this point. Again, this is not an absolute rule, but all (and I haven’t read a lot in that genre) the “Christian” romance novels that I’ve read have been drivel with very little, if any, literary or theologic value.
With so many valuable things to read, we just haven’t seen the point in wasting our time on that genre. Honestly, we haven’t told them they couldn’t, we just haven’t included it in our home library or put it onto their suggested reading lists.
Visit the other moms of many to see what they have to say: