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Why our family DE-emphasized Santa. Just one opinion.


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Why Our Family DE-emphasized Santa

From the earliest of age I have not been very impressed with Santa.  I remember laying awake terrified that a strange man would be lurking around in our living room, and worse, that my parents would let him.  Later, the idea of presents dried my tears when sitting on the mall Santa’s lap, but I still didn’t like it and I have pictures to prove it.

Why our family DE-emphasized Santa. Just one opinion.

When I had children of my own I decided that there would be no more white lies about Santa.  Here is my reasoning.  I spent a good deal of time training my kids to know the difference between real and make believe, especially from the Bible.  Let’s face it, there are plenty of crazy stories in the Bible that seem like fantasy.  When we opened the  Bible together, everything they heard…snakes talking, arks floating, men in fiery furnaces, Jonah being swallowed by a fish, God being born in a  manger…no matter how fantastic…all of it was TRUTH.  I was determined that my children would be able to trust me to tell them the truth, even about Christmas.  I would stop the innocent Santa lies of my mother, and my grandmother before her.  I would never tell them that there was another man who had the same omniscient qualities as God…someone who knew everything about them…when  they  sleep, and when they are awake. I just couldn’t do it.

Lest you think we were opposed to Santa altogether, let me be clear that Santa still came to our house.  We still had all the fun of Christmas morning that the rest of the world did.  The only difference was that the kids knew the real origin of all the gifts under the tree.    Our children enjoyed talking about Santa as if he were real, much like my granddaughter imagines she is having conversations with her stuffed animals.  We never had any problems with our children revealing this big secret to their classmates once they were school-aged.

I know this idea is not for everyone, but it worked for our family.  My daughter is now a mother and she and her husband are putting more emphasis on the birth of Jesus than I ever did.  If I could do it again, I would use this time of year for our family to grow spiritually together with an emphasis on giving.

Blessings for a wonderful Christmas, Alice

Why our family DE-emphasized Santa. Just one opinion.

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There is pretty good evidence in scripture of a pattern that shows that by the third generation a spiritual forgetfulness has emerged. Most turn from their parent's God to worship the gods of sensuality. I am making plans to do everything I can to thwart this cycle.


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The Lost Generation

There is pretty good evidence in scripture of a pattern that shows that by the third generation a spiritual forgetfulness has emerged.  First a person, or a group of people, are called out from unbelief to belief, many times due to suffering.  This first generation is thrilled and genuinely grateful to know God.  The second generation, is caught up in the zeal of their parents, but suffer less conviction, because they experience God in a different way, by second-hand news.  The third generation is disconnected from the original story, treating their grandparent’s beliefs as inconsequential and myth-like.  They lack their own identity and most turn from God to worship the gods of sensuality.   Now re-read this paragraph  in context of 2016.

I heard a Bible scholar refer to this phenomenon as the law of the third generation.

There is pretty good evidence in scripture of a pattern that shows that by the third generation a spiritual forgetfulness has emerged.  Most turn from their parent's God to worship the gods of sensuality. I am making plans to do everything I can to thwart this cycle.

The cycle moves as such:  DESERTION OF GOD – SUFFERING – FAITH – PEACE – DISCONTENTMENT – DESERTION OF GOD  and so on.

Tragically, based on Biblical evidence, humanity seems to  lose our next generations during the peaceful times.  Do we talk less about God during these times?  Do we cry out to Him less when life is smooth sailing?  Do we fail to remember the family stories of deliverance, and that peace comes out of struggle?  Do we remain silent before our children to spare them, when in reality we damage them?

I personally have a gory history that I would love to spare  my granddaughter, but which I won’t.  When she is old enough, she will hear from an eyewitness (me) about the graciousness of God and the faithfulness of my mother.  I will explain how hard it was to forgive by showing her my heart and the aftermath of confronting evil.  She will hear the countless struggles I have had with my faith, and she will be shown how God has been compassionate to me and all those I love.

I plan to accomplish these goals by leaving behind my journals to the generations to come, and by adding to my gratitude corner so each answered prayer of anguish and trust will become part of our family history.  And, most importantly, as long as I have breath, I plan to speak the name of my faithful Father, worship the Son with enthusiasm,  and be a living example of keeping in step with the Spirit, even when it’s hard.  The important idea is to not let the generations to come fall into the desertion cycle.  I reject this thought.

A perfect example in scripture comes from Deuteronomy 11.  Moses points out to the people, the first generation,  that their children did not see the wonders and miracles. The second generation did not see how the Lord cared for His people in the wilderness,  but that THEY have seen these things with their own eyes.  vs. 1-7   Moses warns the first generation to be careful because consequences will follow those who forget Him.  vs. 16-17  Moses explains the ONLY way to keep our children faithful…

There is pretty good evidence in scripture of a pattern that shows that by the third generation a spiritual forgetfulness has emerged. Most turn from their parent's God to worship the gods of sensuality. I am making plans to do everything I can to thwart this cycle.

“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.”  Deuteronomy 11:18-20 NLT

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Cultural sin...vile but packaged as pure. Poetry is a way for me to express what I am helpless to verbalize. I cry out for the world y'all.


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A Poetic Comment on Cultural Sin

Society in general tends to beautify sin.

Normalize sin.

Cultural sin...vile but packaged as pure. Poetry is a way for me to express what I am helpless to verbalize. I cry out for the world y'all.

In reality sin is dark, crude, and filthy.

Steaming excrement.

The masses cry to turn off the light,

when truth tries to penetrate.

A brutal confrontation with one’s own darkness

in comparison to our Savior’s purity

is the beginning of everything.

Of everything!

Stand before the inner darkness oh soul,

vomit from the stench,

then purposely,

painfully,

let Jesus burn the evil within

to oblivion

until all that is left

is light.

Cultural sin...vile but packaged as pure.  Poetry is a way for me to express what I am helpless to verbalize.  I cry out for the world y'all.

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Picture:  +  Taken at sunset at my family’s ranch in Montana.

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I have always been sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that My husband and I were the key to heaven for my children, even though some who have wayward children may disagree. The most galvanizing moment in my life as a young mother was when an elder's wife argued with me about the possibilities of success in raising my children to see heaven. This led me on a frantic Bible journey which convinced me even further that it is possible to obtain what I desired.


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3 Assurances That you CAN Raise Your Children to see Heaven

I have always been sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that My husband and I were the key to heaven for my children, even though some who have wayward children may disagree.  The most galvanizing moment in my life as a young mother was when an elder’s wife argued with me about the possibilities of success in raising my children to see heaven.  I guess she thought I was arrogant when I expressed my belief that Jesus centered parenting produces Jesus lovers.  She boldly told me it was impossible to be so sure, that some, even after good parenting will turn away and be lost.

No.

Unacceptable.

This led me on a frantic Bible journey which convinced me even further that it is possible to obtain what I desired.  But it’s hard y’all.  This task of raising children is thwarted at every hand by the devil and His minions.  And let me say this, even though your child dallies in a certain sin for a season doesn’t mean they are lost forever.  I believe they will always return to the fold.  Look at the last part of this scripture:  Bring up a child by teaching him the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn away from it. Proverbs 22:6 NLT

But, I didn’t want my children to waste their lives away from God and then come back to Him when they were older.  My goal was to have strong, steadfast, faithful children so they could in turn raise strong, steadfast, faithful children.  Our strategy was to parent with this goal in mind.  So if you are having doubts about your ability to save your own children, be encouraged with these thoughts from scripture.

I have always been sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that My husband and I were the key to heaven for my children, even though some who have wayward children may disagree. The most galvanizing moment in my life as a young mother was when an elder's wife argued with me about the possibilities of success in raising my children to see heaven. This led me on a frantic Bible journey which convinced me even further that it is possible to obtain what I desired.

1.  Children are Good Soil

Matthew 13:3-8

But, good soil has to be cultivated, fertilized, watered, nurtured.  If the soil is not cared for, or left on its own then it becomes dry and hard.  If the rocks are not plucked out carefully, then roots will not take hold.  If not diligent, then thorns will pop up.  A parent must constantly working the soil of the child.  But happily, this good soil will produce an abundant crop.  This is a promise.

 

I have always been sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that My husband and I were the key to heaven for my children, even though some who have wayward children may disagree. The most galvanizing moment in my life as a young mother was when an elder's wife argued with me about the possibilities of success in raising my children to see heaven. This led me on a frantic Bible journey which convinced me even further that it is possible to obtain what I desired.

Message from a teenage boy to his mother after an argument.

2.  It’s God’s Will

Ephesians 1:11

Your children are predestined to become believers.  They were entrusted to YOU.   For an analogy…our family loves the Houston Astros team  My children were destined to love this team too.  Why?  We wear the shirts, we gather around the radio or television, we discuss stats in the car and around the table, we travel to Houston for a live experience,  we whoop, we holler, and we sing.  So now, even though my son lives in California, he is not ashamed to put on his Astros hat when the Angels are playing Houston.  He proudly roots for his team even though he is surrounded by the enemy.   He has been TRAINED.

God has put these children in your family so you can train them for His team.  It’s inevitable.  It’s His will.

3.  You have Power.  POWER.

Ephesians 3:14-21

This immense love of God can only be understood through the Holy Spirit.  He strengthens you, He dwells in your hearts, and He can do more that you can you can ask or imagine.   So partner up and ask Him.  You are not alone for one second.

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The Internet makes it so easy to give to those in need and so fulfill scripture. Read more about why I donate to GOFUNDME, and my outside of the box giving strategy. Millennials who do not go to church, but follow Jesus, should consider these ideas.


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Why I Donate to GOFUNDME

Christianity and Culture:  Online Giving

The Internet makes it so easy to give to those in need and so fulfill scripture. Read more about why I donate to GOFUNDME, and my outside of the box giving strategy. Millennials who do not go to church, but follow Jesus, should consider these ideas.

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This is why I give …

The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. Ephesians 4:28 HCSB

Look y’all, this scripture has a cause and effect conjunction clause right in the middle.

The Internet makes it so easy to give to those in need and so fulfill scripture. Read more about why I donate to GOFUNDME, and my outside of the box giving strategy. Millennials who do not go to church, but follow Jesus, should consider these ideas.

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Work to make money…SO THAT you can give to those in need.

The Internet makes following this verse so easy with GOFUNDME and other organizations who take donations online.  In case you were wondering…I only give to those connected with someone I know.  And I only give to those in a real pinch.  And we always discuss and pray before we give because it needs to be God moving us.  Also we give anonymously to fulfill these words of Jesus…

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.  But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.  Matthew 6:1-4 NLT

To let you in on our family giving strategy… we do not give our entire tithe to the local church, a portion goes into a special account at our bank,  set aside especially to fulfill this verse.    Maintaining a special account for this purpose leaves us ready to give at a moment’s notice.  Of course we don’t just give to one organization, but GOFUNDME came through for us several years ago when we were in Cambodia, desperate for funds after my son’s motorcycle accident.

One last thing for you millennials who don’t go to church anymore, but still have strong faith.  Just because you don’t drop your tithe in a collection plate, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be generous with your money.  In fact, I am praying that you find your own personal way to show your love for Jesus with your salary.   Use your imagination, and go forth…

The Internet makes it so easy to give to those in need and so fulfill scripture. Read more about why I donate to GOFUNDME, and my outside of the box giving strategy. Millennials who do not go to church, but follow Jesus, should consider these ideas.i love 2

Pictures:  +Ready to transport our son after his motorcycle accident in Cambodia. (scary times), ++A closeup of a hay bale.  Dale spend one summer stacking hay bales at my uncle’s ranch in Montana.  +++Houston skyline through the windshield of the car.  Perfect for representing wealth.

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