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Day to Day Living: Lessons I’ve learned from my children

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That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that History has to teach ~ Aldous Huxley

Several months ago, I wrote on lessons I’ve learned from my husband.  I also wrote on lessons I’ve learned from my parents.

Day in and day out the six children I’ve been blessed with have seen the best and the worst of their mom! Some of the lessons I learned from my parents and my husband have helped me to be a much better mother to these six blessings. Still, I am human and prone to mistakes! 21.5 years ago I started this journey with a lot of confidence and absolutely zero experience with parenting. I had a lot of great ideas and strong convictions. I also had way too little patience and understanding. I had a vision for our family, but very little practical ideas to make it work. Here are some of the lessons that I’ve learned from my children:

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Cultivating a Joy-Filled Heart

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(This is the outline for my ladies’ study at our annual homeschool campout)

Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism than do all the arguments of atheists.~ Dennis Prager

We know our heart matters to God. We hear about a lot of hearts in God’s word – the word heart is mentioned nearly 1,000 times! There are ALL kinds of hearts:, unbelieving, blinded, deceived, haughty, covetous, deceitful, perverse, proud, darkened, defiant, rebellious, hard, bitter, broken, dull, impenitent, willing, clean, steadfast, pure, tender, wise…

What about unhappy hearts? Consider this:

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Such were some of you…

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• The girl in the daisy duke shorts and low cut blouse
• The guy with dreadlocks and an attitude
• The cohab couple
• The junkie
• The teenage boy who lives with his girlfriend
• The feminist
• The young woman in the abortion clinic… for the second time
• The binge drinker
• The pedophile
• The promiscuous college girl

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. ~1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Do you know people like this? Do you ever think that they are beyond reach? Do you think it would be a waste of your time to share the hope you have with them?

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