The kids went to VBS this week. I was pretty torn about if they should go or not. This particular church is about 1/4 mile from our house. The reason why I hesitated was because these children are in their baby steps of knowing God. Should we blindly hand our children over to just anyone to be taught? Especially something as important as faith?! You may think that it’s Vacation Bible School, it’s harmless; but all it takes is for some sweet person with a different world view, or a faith based on works, to plants seeds in a child’s heart.
VBS is a great outreach for un-churched kids. I was not raised in a Christian home but one of my first exposures to God was at a VBS. I was very young, maybe 5 or 6, and to this day I remember memorizing Genesis 1:1; “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Maybe because this verse was implanted in me before the lie of evolution is why I have never really struggled with that topic. Usually what is learned first is what we cling to as right! Which is part of why we educate our children at home.
In the end we let the children go. We want to be involved in our community and this is one way to do that. We were very careful to talk with the kids each night to be sure no seeds of humanism (works-based-faith) were being planted. We also do Bible every day at home and amazingly, the VBS lessons were right where we were in our reading at home, so we had a lot of great conversations.
The other thing about VBS it only last one week! I would never want them to go longer than that. Children do not have decrement, they are so tender and impressionable. Isn’t it un-fair to them to place them under the authority of people you do not know and tell them to ‘obey them and do as they say’? Most parents have no clue what is being taught in most classrooms, whether it be the schoolroom or the Sunday school room. Why do so many parents blindly trust teachers and clergy? Is it just because they have a certification? Just because someone can pass tests (from other teachers/clergy) does not testify to their ethics and worldview; yet every day parents hand over their children without giving it a second thought!
Emma brought home a new kitten…like we need one more thing around here to keep alive!
Peach (kid) loves Pickles (kitten)!
We’ve had some really nice weather this week.
One day we sat out under the tree, the kids snapped green beans
while I read to them and we sang.
Study and bit… play a bit!
We celebrated Hayden’s birthday with a special dinner.
Olivia has been playing dress up and taking some great pictures with the kids,
I’ll have to share those letter!
Focusing on Gentleness this month has brought so much conviction to my life…
so I’m working on it.
I’ll blog about that later.
Going through the drive-thru the other night after our swim, I saw donation signs saying, “Help a Teen Graduate”. My first thought was, “ARE YOU SERIOUS???”. Even with the BILLIONS that are stolen from taxpayers (and the Exit Exam, which is based on an 8th grade level) there is still a need for donations? Wake up folks! Stop the insanity and take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY! What will “help” is for a FAMILY member, a church member or a neighbor to TAKE TIME for a RELATIONSHIP and help! And it wouldn’t hurt to throw off the chains of the Department of Education!
Today I made a triple batch of whole-wheat blueberry pancakes (season’s first fruit from our bushes) for the freezer! I’ve been working on making double of everything and sticking the second portion in the freezer for another meal, this seems to be working well!
Jeff and Hayden have been outside “building stuff” a good bit. I’m trying to think of things for him to do to keep him busy while Jeff is not here. Girls are so much easier!
It’s been a pretty good week, but the best is yet to come!