TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017

Category Archives: Family

A Grandparent’s Reward

Coming into grandparenthood was one of the grandest days of my life. I have had the privilege of watching each one of my grandchildren being born. That was as good as it gets. You wonder how your heart …

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10 Tips for Single-Parent Mom

Today’s Just Ask Joyce Hour was great. Single-parent moms called expressing …

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Move It to the Kitchen!

A true Southern style of visiting is absolutely the one I enjoy most. It’s more common than not to sit around the kitchen table and visit. The kitchen is the gathering place. It’s the hub of the home, the room of comfort, and an invitation to share. …

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Food and Sex

Sitting watching “Dancing with the Stars” with a friend of mine, Faye commented, “Every commercial promotes food and/or sex.” 

“Amen!” was about all I could retort to such an observation. 

It’s no wonder our society is …


Sitting watching “Dancing with the Stars” with a friend of mine, Faye commented, “Every commercial promotes food and/or sex.” 

“Amen!” was about all I could retort to such an observation. 

It’s no wonder our society is overweight and more promiscuous than we’ve known for centuries.  We’re constantly trying new diet plans, hitting the fitness scenes, incessantly striving to beauty-up with hair color and style, whiten and brighten our smiles, get a golden tropical-looking tan, attain the right look in shoes, clothes and cars regardless of the debt we incur.  Short of one or more of these features, we are looked upon by society as falling short of status.  Without them, we may get lost in the shuffle in aspiring to excellence or outstanding performance.

It’s a sad message society attempts to send.  Because I have lived enough years to realize there are other qualities that really determine the worth of a person, it is easy for me to ignore such commercials and be totally unaffected by their messages.  But, how about our impressionable children?  How about an adult who has low self-esteem issues?  Someone who may be lonely and feel life and love are passing them by? How about someone who doesn’t know the full mercy, grace and love of Jesus Christ?  And oftentimes, even when someone possesses a strong faith, they still suffer with lack of self-confidence and security.  

Commercials have gotten more relaxed in their messages, but they pale to that of our television programs.  TV dims in the light of movies. Computers brightly flash obscenities in written, verbal and visual forms.  Nothing, however, outshines the blaze of pornography that is offered in plentiful supply over any medium of your choice.  The softening of our senses has weakened our backbones.  We turn a deaf ear and blind eye and choose to subtly accept the decay eating away our homes from the inside out.

Taking a stand in our homes EVERY day, keeping a pulse on what our kids and spouses are involved in, and holding ourselves accountable for what we hear and see as well is the only way we will turn the tide of the sexual tsunami in our culture.  Will you be bold and control the remote?  Hit the refresh on the computers of your children and spouse? Say no to R-rated movies? Refuse to listen to raucous language in music, and forbid your children to as well? Step up and pledge to keep your home God-fearing and one of discipline?  It takes energy and effort.  My home is worth it.  Is yours?

Drug Addiction in the Family

There were five of us sitting around the breakfast table eating homemade fig preserves on toast, coffee in hand, enjoying golden conversation about bygone days.  It’s Sunday morning.  The anticipation of church today brought about reflections of past church times, and childhood stories cranked up our day.

Imagine my surprise when my 85-year-old father-in-law made an alarming confession to a childhood drug problem.  Dead silence. …

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