Hack-Proofing Children’s Brains

9 10 2018

We all know the panic and fear that strikes when we suddenly realize our computer has been hacked.

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The first indication might be when we notice important documents are missing. That’s when we discover a hidden virus has been corrupting our files. Someone has gained control of our operating system! We worry about personal information being stolen and immediately take action to stop the attack.

But what about protecting young minds as vigorously as we protect our technology?

The alarming truth is that children’s brains can and are being hacked by social media, music, and TV.

Society is teaching children how to view the world. Computer games, commercials, and movies infiltrate young minds, creating an unbiblical worldview. An overemphasis is placed on self and self-gratification. Valued above all else are things like fame and popularity, outer beauty, and material possessions.

Society is relentless in preaching its worldview—how people should think about and respond to their world.

Even five- and six-year-olds will develop a worldview. It is critical for us to provide them with a biblical viewpoint—a viewpoint based on Truths contained in Scripture. Such a viewpoint will provide a set of beliefs that will enable young children to make sense of themselves and the world around them.

Protecting young minds demands a strong offense. We need to be proactive in training children how to think biblically—to make sense of their world by using Truths contained in the Bible. Helping children build a biblical worldview teaches them to perceive the world through Scripture. But can this be done in the context of running errands, checking homework, mediating disputes, serving meals, cleaning clutter, and—well, in the context of life?

Yes! We can begin by helping young children understand that God is real and He cares about them.

Sing the song “My God is So Big” with your child and try doing the sign language in this Youtube I posted.

“My God is So big.” Youtube link:

https://youtu.be/e3hiqzck60w

Questions: Has God revealed Himself to your young child? Has He helped your child with a big problem?

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Afraid of Christmas?

4 12 2012
Christmas Morning 1963

Christmas Morning 1963

Maybe you have a love-hate relationship with Christmas. There are things you absolutely love about the holiday, and things you hate.

Love reflecting on cherished childhood memories. But, hate the commercialism of Christ’s birthday.

Love worshipping the Lord on Christmas Eve. But, hate being alone.

Recently I wrote a devotional about fears and stress at Christmas.

By the way, in the picture above, the girl coming down the steps Christmas morning is me…That’s right—me with the uncombed hair. If you’re not afraid of Christmas, then maybe that bedhead hair scared you!

You can find that devotional on Rest Ministries website. It’s entitled “Fears and Stress at Christmas When Chronically Ill” and was posted December 3rd.

Visit Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals (Rest Ministries) to read that devotional (and find more devotionals written by other people with chronic pain or illness).





Adjusting to Change

24 10 2012

Who loves change? Does anyone even like it? Not me. I tend to resist (never embrace it!).

What I DO love is autumn. I can’t seem to get enough of trees splashed with vibrant colors. I’ve taken over 200 pictures and plan to capture more of their beauty while they last.

Recently I wrote a devotional about how the gorgeous fall foliage spoke to me. Changes in temperature reveal the hidden beauty of the leaves, colors that were there all along. Changes brought on by MS have revealed the beauty of God’s faithfulness that was there all along.

You can find that devotional on Rest Ministries website. It’s entitled “The Trees Sing for Joy With Promises of Fall” and was posted October 24th.

Visit Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals (Rest Ministries) to read that devotional (and find more devotionals written by other people with chronic pain or illness).





Pressing VS Important

14 10 2012

Photo shoot in Kutztown, PA
on Oct. 13, 2012

Do pressing responsibilities crowd out important activities in your life? Things that demand our attention smother our opportunities to stop and chat with our child, drink in God’s awesome creation, and reflect on His Word.

The fireworks-painted leaves beckoned me, “Come bask in our beauty.” Unable to resist their cry, I dropped everything and did a photo shoot. Got some good pictures, but none could capture the breathtaking beauty that stopped me in my tracks. All I could do was stop and stare. Wishing the moment could last forever.

It was like a massage for my mind. So relaxing.

But it wiped me out to walk from one rainbow-splashed tree to another God-painted panorama. I knew I’d pay for it. Anyone like me, with MS, would know there’s a limit to energy. We can’t walk for hours without ending up exhausted.

I knew I’d pay for it, but it was so worth it.

I recently wrote a devotional about the need for rest. It’s kind of ironic that my devotional was posted just today…as if I’m chastising myself. Vicki, you still haven’t learned to slow down. You should know better. Now, it’s time to stop and rest.

As I argue with myself, I rationalize, “Yeah, but doesn’t everybody overdo it? Wouldn’t everyone wish they could stop and smell the roses? Just once?”

You can find that devotional on Rest Ministries website. It’s entitled “Help Wanted: One Who Will Need to Rest” and was posted October 13th.

Visit Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals (Rest Ministries) to read that devotional (and find more devotionals written by other people with chronic pain or illness).





‘Want world-class endurance?

7 08 2012

Need more endurance? I do.

 

I love the Olympics. The stories of the athletes are impressive. Stories of sacrifice, discipline, and determination. I can only dream of such qualities. But those athletes teach me how to deal with day-to-day struggles. They inspire me to continue on through my MS. But, it’s God’s Word which tells me how to endure.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

Keeping my eyes on Jesus one day at a time. That’s the key.

I recently wrote a devotional about how I endure my constant pain.

You can find that devotional on Rest Ministries website. It’s entitled “Endure the Pain with an Eye on the Gold” and was posted July 12th.

Visit Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals (Rest Ministries) to read that devotional (and find more devotionals written by other people with chronic pain or illness).

☞Free list of Bible verses.

When I taught second graders, I had a year-long theme called “God’s Athletes.” I compiled a list of verses related to that theme. They can be yours by clicking on this link:

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What’s on your to-do list?

12 07 2012

If I didn’t write myself a to-do list, I’m not sure I’d accomplish anything. Without a plan, it’s possible I’d spend hours doing nothing constructive. Absolutely nothing useful. My activity wouldn’t translate into productivity.

Special education teachers have a phrase for doing things other than what should be done: avoidance behaviors. Doing anything to keep from doing something unpleasant or at least something less fun.

Reading a cookbook instead of doing laundry. Organizing photos into a memory book instead of filing important papers. Calling a friend instead of cleaning out the refrigerator. Watching a TV show instead of studying.

My engaging in avoidance behaviors usually leads to procrastinator guilt.

I recently wrote a devotional about a heavenly to-do list.

You can find that devotional on Rest Ministries website. It’s entitled “When You Have a Chronic Illness, List . . .Your Accomplishments?”  ” and was posted July 12th.

Visit Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals (Rest Ministries) to read that devotional (and find more devotionals written by other people with chronic pain or illness).





Fighting a Battle

3 07 2012

Do you feel like you’re in the midst of a war? Between loved ones. Within your own body. At work.

I recently wrote a devotional about the secret to winning the war.

You can find that devotional on Rest Ministries website. It’s entitled  “Accepting Help to ‘Raise Your Arms’ When Weak From Illness” and was posted July 3rd.

Visit Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals (Rest Ministries) to read that devotional (and find more devotionals written by other people with chronic pain or illness).