May 30, 2016
Reflection for Today
Psalms 127:3-5 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Proverbs 20:7 The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him!
Counsel to Fathers
In the daily life you will meet with sudden surprises, disappointments, and temptations. What saith the word? “Resist the devil,” by firm reliance upon God, “and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” “Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me.” Look unto Jesus at all times and in all places, offering a silent prayer from a sincere heart that you may know how to do His will. Then when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard for you against the enemy. When you are almost ready to yield, to lose patience and self-control, to be hard and denunciatory, to find fault and accuse—this is the time for you to send to heaven the prayer, “Help me, O God, to resist temptation, to put all bitterness and wrath and evilspeaking out of my heart. Give me Thy meekness, Thy lowliness, Thy long-suffering, and Thy love. Leave me not to dishonor my Redeemer, to misinterpret the words and motives of my wife, my children, and my brethren and sisters in the faith. Help me that I may be kind, pitiful, tenderhearted, forgiving. Help me to be a real house-band in my home and to represent the character of Christ to others.”
Brethren, pray at home, in your family, night and morning; pray earnestly in your closet; and while engaged in your daily labor, lift up the soul to God in prayer. It was thus that Enoch walked with God. The silent, fervent prayer of the soul will rise like holy incense to the throne of grace and will be as acceptable to God as if offered in the sanctuary. To all who thus seek Him, Christ becomes a present help in time of need. They will be strong in the day of trial.
Fathers, ... combine affection with authority, kindness and sympathy with firm restraint. Give some of your leisure hours to your children; become acquainted with them; associate with them in their work and in their sports, and win their confidence. Cultivate friendship with them, especially with your sons. In this way you will be a strong influence for good.
Adventist Home, 216-222
Stories, Quotes, & Humor for Dads
- “A godly father is the unseen spiritual submarine who lurks below the surface of every activity of his child’s life. A man who has put on the full armor of God and with that armor, goes to warfare on his knees for his children, is a force to be reckoned with we cannot be with our children 24 hours a day through our prayers we have the ability to affect situations even when we are not physically present. You may be undetected but that does not mean you are ineffective.” -Steve Farrar, Standing Tall, Page 199.
A man came home from work late again, tired and irritated. He found his 5-year-old son waiting for him at the door. “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
The dad replied: “Yeah, sure, what is it?”
“Daddy, how much money do you make an hour?”
The dad got mad and said, “That’s none of your business! Why do you want to know?”
The little boy said, “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
The dad, wanting to sit down and relax, said, “If you must know, I make $20 an hour.”
The little boy sighed and bowed his head. Looking up, he asked, “Daddy, may I borrow $10 please?”
The father flew off the handle, “If the only reason you wanted to know how much money I make is so that you can hit me up for some cash to buy some stupid toy, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. You’re so selfish. I work long, hard hours every day and don’t have time for this.”
The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The dad sat down and started to get even madder about the nerve of his little boy. How dare he ask questions only to get some money. After an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think that maybe he was a bit hard on his boy. Maybe his son really needed the money for something important. And so, the father went up to his boy’s room and opened it, “Are you asleep, son?”
“No daddy. I’m awake,” replied the boy.
“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It’s been a long day, and I took it out on you. Here’s that 10 bucks you asked for.”
The little boy sat straight up, beaming. “Oh, thank you, daddy!” he exclaimed. Then, reaching under his pillow, he pulled out a wad of crumpled up bills.
The dad, seeing that the boy already had some money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his dad.
The dad, now ticked off, demanded to know what was going on, “Why did you want more money if you already had some?”
The little boy replied, “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do. Daddy, I have $20 now…and I’d like to buy an hour of your time.”
- In the Effective Father, Gordon MacDonald writes: It is said of Boswell, the famous biographer of Samuel Johnson, that he often referred to a special day in his childhood when his father took him fishing. The day was fixed in his mind, and he often reflected upon many things his father had taught him in the course of their fishing experience together. After having heard of that particular excursion so often, it occurred to someone much later to check the journal that Boswell’s father kept and determine what had been said about the fishing trip from the parental perspective. Turning to that date, the reader found only one sentence entered: “Gone fishing today with my son; a day wasted.”
- “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” – Theodore Hesburgh
- “My father didn’t tell me how to life; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland
- “You don’t raise heroes; you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.” – Walter Schirra Sr.
- “It is a wise father that knows his own child.” – Shakespeare
- “God is the Father who is always home.” – Unknown
End of Year Program - 8th Grade Graduation
- Celebration of Thanksgiving takes place this Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 6:30pm. Included in the program are musical selections by all students, an awards presentation, prayer partner reveal, and 8th grade graduation!
- Congratulations! Kelcy Fredell, we are privileged to celebrate your accomplishment with you! May the Lord bless you and keep you, and may His face shine upon you, and give you peace wherever He takes you next!
Last Day of School
Summertime Educational Activities
by Susan Murray
Yesterday I listened to a radio announcer in Chicago tell of a recent trip he took with his family. They got on a train, rode to a stop some ways from home, got off, got a hot dog at a nearby stand, then hopped back on the train and rode it back home. Later in the day they took the train to another destination — four people, four rides, an all-day outing, and grand time — all for only $10. His point was that it doesn't have to cost a lot to do something as a family.
This story reminds me that summertime is just around the corner. This is a good time to start making plans for when school is out. One of the best things you can do for your children is to view summer as a time to expand their world and make memories. The experiences you provide during the summer months will help your children retain what they have learned in this last year and be more ready for school to start in the fall.
When we feel stressed and tired, it's so easy to procrastinate about organizing wholesome activities for our children, and group activities for our families to enjoy. But we all lose by having our priorities compromised. To counteract the growing isolation within our families, parents need to make a conscious effort to maintain communication, and support children in regular individual challenges as well as family activities. It's well worth it to give planned activities high priority in our busy agendas.
This summer, why not plan a family activity each week? Activities need to last at least 30 minutes, but can be much longer, even an entire weekend. Don't wait for a financial windfall, but putting money aside during the weeks before summer is a good idea if you want to take an extended trip.
There are things you can do at home, which cost nothing and don't take time away from other responsibilities. For example, for young children, summer's a good time to continue exploring the world.
- LOOK! How many different colors, shapes and patterns can your child see in the world around him: clouds, roads, building, trees.
- LISTEN! Help your child identify sounds of animals, cars, voices, machines. Identify which sounds are soft or loud, high or low. Try closing your eyes and naming the sounds.
- TASTE! Summer offers a great time to taste different kinds of foods.
- FEEL! Find heartbeats after running, compare wet and dry sand, feel the sunlight, rain, wind and water on your bodies.
- SMELL the air after it rains, wet cats and dogs, summer foods, flowers blooming, or campfires burning.
- ASK questions! Encourage your children to ask questions and to talk about their experiences.
- Summer can be a time to build vocabulary by describing activities as you do them. Play the vocabulary game: When you or your child picks up an object, ask: "What is it?" "What does it do?" "What color is it?"
- Build math skills by counting items as you collect them in the grocery cart, refer to how many envelopes are in the mailbox, use numbers in your conversations, for example: "I need four eggs." "Please choose six napkins." "Will you hand me five nails?"
- Build your child's classifying skills, or ability to compare, by sorting cans from shortest to tallest, smallest to biggest, discussing yesterday, today and tomorrow. Talk about how long a trip will last, how many days there are until ...
Show your children how to operate appliances as is appropriate for their age.
For older children, summer is a good time to encourage reading, build collections and work on hobbies. A child who learns to concentrate on an activity often becomes very competent, and constructive activities increase self-confidence and raise self-image.
Build family closeness and reading abilities by planning time to read together on a regular basis.
School-aged children can help plan a trip, be it for a day or a week. They can help plan what to take, assist in packing, call for information, figure out the route and learn to read the map.
During summer months children will benefit from a balance of free time and organized activities. Some parents keep children so busy with lessons and excursions that they don't benefit from having quiet time or time spent alone. On the other hand, we know that when children spend time in organized activities, they will be more in control and will find it easier to resist negative peer pressure. Children tend to get into trouble when they are bored or are looking for stimula- tion. The child with interesting, challenging, constructive and planned fun doesn't have time for, or as much interest in, negative activities. When your child is involved in healthy activities, he or she is more likely to meet and associate with healthy peers, as well as younger children and adults.
A child who has fun in a wholesome way is a happier child. And happier children are more receptive to their parents. Your family will benefit from your putting together plans for summer-time learning and adventures together.