Happy Friday Everyone!
This week features 5 articles related to Marriage and Family. Feel free to dialogue in the comments section regarding thoughts that come across your mind as you read. I’d love to know what you think and/or get wisdom from you regarding various matters. So, 3-2-1 – GO!
#1. Romanticizing Adoption? Don’t Do It! by Dan Cruver
“But adoption always involves suffering. Just ask any birthmother or any child who is one of three hundred orphans in a Chinese orphanage or any adoptive couple who has lived with infertility for years or any adoptive couple who is experiencing the high-ups and low-downs of the adoption process.”
Wise words here about Adoption AND the Gospel.
#2. Wisdom and Sex: Proverbs 5:1-23 by Thomas Schreiner
“Amazing words. No one can read these words and think the Bible condemns sexual pleasure. Sometimes Christians are more squeamish and prudish than the Bible is. As Derek Kidner says, “It is highly important to see sexual delight in marriage as God-given; and history confirms that when marriage is chiefly viewed as a business arrangement, not only is God’s bounty misunderstood, but human passion seeks other outlets.” The Bible is clear. We are to rejoice in the wife of your youth.”
Tremendous article for the non-Christian AND the Christian ‘churched’ person. What do you think about what Schreiner says?
#3. How Much of Your Past Do You Share with Your Children? by Aimee Byrd
“The pastor pointed out a recent study that reveals telling your kids about your sinful past can make them more likely to commit the same sins. He said I may be right about them thinking that mom and dad turned out fine, so why not try it. Like a good little student I went home and did some research. The study shows that telling your children about your past drug use does make them more likely to try it themselves, even if you are using yourself as an example to teach a lesson.
So it has been on my mind. Do I rely on the study? I don’t want to lie. Is it really going to help my kids to only find out the truth as adults that I told them I was somebody I wasn’t? I do care about credibility in the relationship. And I don’t want to hinder the truth about God’s grace. Frankly, I am where I am now because despite myself, God has been gracious. Sure, there have been consequences. But I didn’t get what I deserved and I know it.”
Thoughts? Wisdom from those of you who have ‘been there and done that’?
#4. 6 Things I’ll Try to Teach My Daughter by Arian Foster (NFL star for the Texans)
“When my daughter Zeniah arrived, I had a little ball of life staring at me. . . I’ve thought long and hard about the values that I want to try and teach her. I’m sure this list will change as we both grow, but as of now this is what daddy wants his princess to learn from him before she tucks him away into her memory.”
What are your thoughts about his 6th ‘Thing’?
What’s on your list of the values you want to pass on to your children? Do you have a list?
#5. 9 (More) Things You Should Know about Duck Dynasty by Joe Carter
“Why Duck Dynasty matters: Poised to be the biggest cable show of all time,Duck Dynasty is the highest rated show on TV to consistently portray a family that is unapologetic about their Christian faith and their affection for one another. The pop culture phenomenon is making it harder for television executives to ignore the demand for shows that portray families who put God first in their lives.”
What’s not to love? Don’t some of these things make you ‘Happy, Happy, Happy’?