Article and Photograph by Make The Days Count Contributor Judy Mosley

 

It had been a rough day.

 

My intention for the entire day was to finish the laundry.  It had been piling up like mountains in the basement and if I didn’t do something fast, we wouldn’t have been able to leave the house in a decent manner.  So at breakfast I prepared my children, letting them know that I had to finish the laundry and that I couldn’t play until it was done. “But, I can get it done much faster if you guys will help me,” I informed them, hoping that would be an incentive.  And, just like the storybook, my son replied, “Not I!”  So, the mother hen was left to fend for herself.

 

Between loads I had been able to spend some time with the kids, but got my big break around 3pm. We were hungry and I knew exactly what we were going to eat: Strawberries. Read More »

Posted on 27 January, 2009 in Gratitude, Happiness, Parenting
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Judy Mosley

 

Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying.  The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”Elise Boulding

 

What does it really take to make a house a home? What does it take to make a family feel at home? What are the ingredients that families need to feel well, comfortable, safe, secure, and happy?

 

If you believed the ads that come from the magazines, radio, and television, apparently, it takes quite a bit.  From clothes to cars, food and phones, we can never seem to have enough stuff. And of course our happiness is found in the products being advertised.  Why else would those people be dancing so freely with their iPods? Read More »

Posted on 15 January, 2009 in Finance & Family, Parenting
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, St. Matthews Baptist Church

 

To the believers in Galatia, Paul wrote, “You are all sons (children) of God through faith in Christ Jesus, … If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  

 

That word “children” applies to all of us and calls us to live in an awareness of how God sacrifices for us. Jesus Christ gave his life so that we might live.

 

The vows we speak in our American weddings are words of clarifying equal worth and equal commitment.  When married couples become parents, they are to be the leaders in the family through love and moral living.  Parents are to help empower the children by encouraging them to grow in Christ and make moral decisions.  This way of parenting forms a covenant with your child based on love and respect.  Truly loving each other, truly respecting each other and truly working on each other’s behalf are meant to be the family way for Christians.

 

Every child deserves four blessings – whether born, adopted, befriended, or baptized into a family called parent/s, grandparent/s, or church.  Blessings are biblical ways of giving power to another.

 

1. Mixing joy into the child’s life enables the children to feel their importance.  The joy of knowing we matter to God and God’s people lays a secure foundation for all of one’s life.

 

2. Molding memories worth keeping enables us to feel our worth to God and helps us to make our way through life by having reference points which show us what to do and how to do it.

 

3. Modeling growth for children grants gives them security in knowing there is a way to go forward.

 

4. Making eternal life a normal topic of conversation which enables children to know that God doesn’t abandon us – ever.  To show another how to live is to show that person how to die in the assurance that God has a home called heaven for everyone who “knows the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

 

Pastor Les Hollon

 

“Children are not soul-less, unguided creatures made for adults to manipulate like chattel.  They are spirited beings, complete at every given moment and age.  They have differentiated minds, specialized abilities and unique gifts that give testimony to themselves and their Creator. Children look to us for guidance. And they see us as symbols of love …”
-Anthony Gregorc  

 

This article was written by Les Hollon, Pastor of St. Matthews Baptist Church.  For more information about parenting, St. Matthews Baptist Church, or to contact Dr. Hollon, click over to St. Matthews Baptist Church.

 

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Posted on 27 December, 2008 in Parenting, Spirituality
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Judy Mosley

 

The scene opens to an enchanting snowy evening.  The location is an outdoor skating rink where a mother and daughter are skating together.  Hands clasped, the joy is radiating from their faces as the voice-over for the commercial begins speaking … “What if you could give your family just what they want this holiday season …”  He goes on to describe that with this family plan, with unlimited text, video messaging, and photo messaging, it will bring your family together this year.

 

This is where the commercial was dead wrong.

 

Billions of dollars are being swept away by the advancement of technology.  From TV to cell phones and from the internet to movies, people are finding it more difficult to stay connected to those around them.  At my husbands’ Christmas party this year, I was particularly surprised by how many people I saw texting instead of talking to those around them at their table. Read More »

Posted on 22 December, 2008 in Finance & Family, Happiness, Parenting
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Judy Mosley

 

We had waited two hours to see the guy.  It was the annual “Picture with Santa” at my husbands’ work and we had brought the kids, prepared to take the perfect Christmas photo for the grandparents.  In addition, our kids would get a free gift afterwards, age appropriate, of course.

 

We sat down in the waiting area and ate the refreshments provided.  The kids wiggled in their seats, dropped cookies, smashed chips in the carpet, and even spilt some punch down the front of their shirts.  It had to be green.  I found some back-ups in the car.  Thank goodness for Hanes sweatshirts.

 

Finally, our number was called.  We walked to the front, and as we headed closer to Santa, I could feel my daughter gluing herself to my body.  By the time we came to Santa’s side, she refused to let go of me.  My son wasn’t excited about this, either.  We finally convinced them to stand in front of Santa.  While they obeyed their parents, we felt guilty.  My daughters’ lip quivered while my son looked to his daddy as if to say, “Why are you making me do this?” Read More »

Posted on 16 December, 2008 in Parenting, Spirituality
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