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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Thanksgiving Devotional

19 11 2011

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





Trouble Walking

3 10 2011

I recently found out about Rest Ministries – an online ministry for people who have or know of loved ones with chronic illness.  Their mission: ‘Turning Your Illness Detour Into a Pilgrimage of Hope’ 

They are an affiliate ministry with Joni & Friends International Disability Ministry. 

Below is a devotional I wrote for Rest Ministries (which should be posted soon at: http://restministries.com/category/devotionals/)

Trouble Walking

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”  (Psalm 23:4).

 To slow the progression of my multiple sclerosis, my husband gives me weekly interferon injections.  Tuesdays are ‘shot days.’  I used to dread Tuesdays.  After my shot I’d wait to see if I’d get flu-like symptoms. 

 Often I’d be awakened by a terrible achy feeling.  Then I knew I’d have that feeling for 24 hours.  Yuk!  My choices were to lie in bed feeling the horrible symptoms or try to ignore them and function. 

 Sometimes I’d wake up without flu-like symptoms. Yay!   I was desperate to know if there was anything I could do to avoid the dreadful feelings.  My doctor recommended getting the shot in an area where I have the most muscles. 

 The problem is that I don’t have many muscles.  My arms are weak.  My legs are stronger. Three times a week I manage to do water walking.

 A friend of mine who suffers with similar pain and fatigue asked me, “How are you able to exercise?”  I told her it’s a series of victories: getting out of bed, driving to the gym, and then exercising.     

 Water walking has built up my thigh muscles.  They became the preferred targets for the needle.  Ever since I began following my doctor’s advice I haven’t experienced flu-like symptoms.  That’s motivation enough to continue water walking! 

 There are big payoffs for faithfully walking.  No flu-like symptoms and I maintain my mobility. 

 I used to take walking for granted.  Now I’m grateful for that ability.  I realized I take walking with the Lord for granted.  Why aren’t I as disciplined in my walk with Him as I am with my pool exercises? 

 There are huge benefits for faithfully walking with the Lord.  Psalm 23 tells us of God’s comfort as we walk with Him in dark valleys.  Psalm 89 tells us that those who walk with the Lord are blessed.

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence, Lord.”  (Psalm 89:15). 

 Focusing on physical benefits helps me walk in water.  Focusing more on Him will help me walk closer with my Lord. 

 Heavenly Father,

Forgive me for not having a closer walk with You.  How I love spending time in Your presence!  Help me to keep my focus on You, walking with you each day.

Why is it so hard to find time to be alone with God?