BSF notes are given to class members after completing the personal study, discussion, and lecture on a particular passage. Reading the notes reinforces what we already discovered, but also brings new understanding to the passage. The "pink sheets" are officially called "Home Training Lessons" and offer help to parents in applying the principles of the passage to parenting young (and older) children.
This week's "pink sheet" encouraged parents to compliment our children differently from the world: "In contrast to what the world will recognize in your child, you will want to commend him daily for those godly character qualities you observe in his behavior and attitude."
This reminds me of another "pink sheet" from several years ago that pointed out how easily we fall into worldly patterns of complimenting our own children--and the children of others. When we see a little three-year-old we are apt to say, "What a pretty dress!" Or "Your hair is so cute today." Or, "You're looking sharp!" Unwittingly, we send the message to young kids that the externalities and material things are valued, which is contrary to what Jesus values most.
Bearing other fruit. I'm about thirty weeks pregnant now, entering the home stretch of the final ten weeks. The girls took pictures of Mr. Edwards and I on Valentine's Day (I'm not sure which one took this shot).
Last Friday Hope and Sydney and I had a girls night out. Ballet Emmanuel performed at our church and we saw their performance and enjoyed dessert with good friends. Mr. Edwards took our picture before we left for our girls night.