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Why ‘tucking in’ your children is a good thing

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:01 am | Randy Thomasson


Deep down, children desire affection and security. Here’s a simple way to provide just that.

Not mature and not adult, children have many fears that they can’t identify, but which they can certainly, even unconsciously, feel as real.

That’s why tucking in your children to bed, and showing them some healthy parental affection, provides a sense of security, love, and bonding that pays big benefits.

It’s a fact that a child who receives identity, value, and security from parents is much less likely to drift into false identities, false significance, and false security elsewhere.

And a child who knows that he or she is loved is much less likely to look for “love” in wrong places, or to become cold and heartless themselves.

So invest in your young sons and daughters. Tuck them in at night. Give them some warm, healthy affection. And step out in faith and pray to Creator God with them. Because knowing that you and God love them can make all the difference inside.

I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. (Psalm 3:5)
7 Bible Verses to Help You Sleep

California baker’s religious freedom beats back unconstitutional ‘LGBT’ attack

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 12:33 pm | Randy Thomasson

Good news! A California baker’s religious freedom trumps the attack of “LGBT” activists.

Yes, you heard right — a religious freedom victory in California. And hopefully, it signals a upcoming victory from the U.S. Supreme Court in June.

Cathy Miller is the hard-working, creative owner of Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield.

Last year, when two confused, arrogant women who practice homosexuality on each other walked into her bakery and demanded a homosexual “wedding” cake, Cathy declined because of her strong Christian faith. Of course, the Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman; if you don’t have a man and a woman, you just don’t have marriage.

After Cathy referred the homosexuals to another bakery that would have “no problem” with same-sex “wedding” cakes, the two militant “LGBT” activists walked out in a huff. It was no surprise that Cathy was later hit with an official complaint from the State of California.

Fortunately, Cathy was offered the excellent legal representation of pro-family attorney Chuck LiMandri of San Diego. And guess what? A Kern County judge who used to work at a law firm that protected businesses from frivolous lawsuits has rejected the Democrat Attorney General of California, who wanted to force this Christian baker to betray Jesus Christ and participate in and approve of false, unbiblical, homosexual “marriages.”

Yes, Christianity and the U.S. Constitution have won over the anti-free-speech, anti-religious-freedom, anti-ownership-rights homosexual activists and their Democrat politicians! Because the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects religion — for anyone interested in reading it.

Of course, Cathy’s civil religious freedom to obey Jesus Christ instead of homosexual activists legally depends on the U.S. Supreme Court’s expected ruling this June in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

But for now, please celebrate Cathy’s moral victory, which is a win for you and other people of faith everywhere. Here’s some good-news articles about it:

Kern County judge rules against State of California in case against Tastries Bakery

Judge: Baker has right to refuse ‘same-sex wedding’ cakes

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,’ and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Jesus Christ in Matthew 19:4-6

 

 

 

 

Rescue your family from the lie that debt is acceptable

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 8:32 am | Randy Thomasson

PROBLEM: We’re raising a whole generation that thinks debt is acceptable.

SOLUTION: We can teach children to be financially wise. Then they’ll “own” money instead of money “owning” them.

Does it concern you that the average U.S. household with credit card debt owes $15,654? Or that average households with car loans owe $27,669? Or that the average household with student loan debt owes $46,597?

And how about the sad fact that nearly 7 in 10 Americans have less than $1,000 in savings? When an unexpected need arises or an emergency hits, they’ll suffer hardship and loss.

You know, we can’t blame all of this on big government that taxes us too much or stupid government that depresses jobs and the economy. No, a strong, personal ethic on money, work, and savings is the key, and it’s developed young.

That’s why I urge you to train your children and grandchildren to have a right view of money, work, their needs, and their identity. Let me tell you how I was trained:

1. Money: When I was a child, I had to earn money by doing daily and weekly jobs around the house and yard. My small allowance was “payment,” and I knew it. Later, when I was earning more money, I got a small bank account and began socking away monthly income. Saving money and enjoying work eventually enabled me to buy a piano with cash at age 17 (and now I play the piano and compose for several minutes most evenings).

2. Work: At age 8, I began delivering newspapers two days a week with my older brother. I had to go to bed on time to get up early to fold and rubber-band papers and then get lots of exercise riding my bike and slinging papers onto people’s porches and driveways. Within a year, I got my own paper route. Looking back, it taught me industry and perseverance. And I hardly ever viewed work as bad, but learned to experience work as a good thing.

3. Needs: I’m a son of an expert “garage-saler,” and Mom bought used clothes for us mostly. Except for shoes, nearly all my childhood clothes came from garage sales and thrift stores. To her credit, Mom even bought used underwear for us boys, washing them in very hot water with bleach. All our material needs were met. I never had an electronic toy, but read books and played in the backyard and the street. Did I lack financially? No. But why, oh why, do I hear mothers in stores asking their children “What do you want?” Those careless words blur the line between needs and wants in a child, and train children to be selfish and foolish. Needs versus wants is a regular financial discussion in frugal homes. Today, I try to buy less than I need in order to avoid materialism and waste.

4. Identity: I didn’t learn my true identity in Jesus Christ until adulthood when I studied and believed God’s word. Over the years, lots of suffering and various “identity tests” have helped refine me (and I still have lots of room to grow). So today, I’m not very tempted to find my identity in money, possessions, status, race, or other people’s opinions. Instead, I want an identity that’s willing to be tortured and die for Jesus, if necessary. I want to “lose my life for His sake,” to be His obedient child and faithful servant, who loves Him and loves people, and to bear as much fruit as I can. Have you learned what I’ve learned, that avoiding a worldly identity will help you to be both frugal and generous?

To be completely candid, I’m so frugal today that I don’t have any car loans, no credit card debt, have clothes that are several years old, and have a goal of reaching half a million miles on my car. Am I weird? Perhaps. Am I financially stupid? No, I’m free from financial bondage. And along the way, I’ve learned more wisdom whenever I’ve repented of my foolishness and pride.

Check this out — here are my four-year-old shoes that I finally replaced with the exact same “model.” I put my shoes through the wringer! And I’m going to use a healthy insert to make the new shoes last as long or longer.


Hopefully, what I’ve shared will you encourages you to raise your children — and influence your grandchildren — to be hard-working, thrifty, debt-free adults. Building good character in regard to money, including teaching children that God owns it all, will pay you “dividends” as you watch your little ones grow and thrive.

Here’s a powerful way to teach your children that “money comes from work and about the importance of giving, saving and spending.” I encourage you to seize this opportunity!

The Joy of Work: As parents we must communicate to our children not only the necessity of working (Proverbs 13:4; 14:23), but also the benefits (Ephesians 4:28b). We make a terrible mistake if all we are able to instill in our children is an appreciation of employment for the sake of acquiring things (Proverbs 16:26). Work like everything else ordained of God is intended to affect our character. What we must communicate to our children is the “good” in work and the joy that it brings.
Teaching Values: A Work Ethic