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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Godly Compliments and Bearing Fruit

Bearing the Fruit of the Spirit.  We are a big Bible Study Fellowship family. Sydney, Hope and I go on Monday nights and Mr. Edwards and Lane go on Tuesday nights. This year BSF is studying the book of John. After a week of delving deep into John 15--and being reminded that we cannot bear fruit without being closely connected to Jesus each day--I sat down this morning to read the BSF notes and "pink sheet."

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.

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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.

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