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Christian Character ABCs


Christian character is as high a priority as excellence in academics for Christian home-school families.

In this issue we offer you the "Christian Character ABCs" by Joy Marie Dunlap, a frequent contributor to The Teaching Home, to encourage and help you train your children in Christian character.

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Ais for Alertness, being careful to see
     Things which could hurt others, and which might tempt me.

Bis for Benevolence when the things that I do
     Are for the good of others, and to God's Word I'm true.

Cis for Courage to do what is right,
     When in trials we walk by faith, not by sight.

Dis for Diligence, when I work with a will,
     And if the job is not done yet, I keep working still.

Eis for Endurance, with my eyes fixed on Him,
     And the joy set before me, my resolve must never dim.

Fis for Faithfulness, when I do heartily
     All the good in my power, which God has for me.

Gis for Gratefulness, not forgetting the ways,
     In which God has done good to me all of my days.

His for Honesty, saying only what is true,
     And not deceiving by the things that I do.

Iis for Integrity, when people can see,
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Jis for Joy, that contentment of heart,
     That comes from obeying and doing my part.

Kis for Kindness, when we are careful to treat,
     As well-loved by our Father, all those whom we meet.

Lis for Love, when I'm patient and kind,
     And do my best good for others each chance that I find.

Mis for Meekness when I take last place,
     When I'd rather honor others than save my own face.

Nis for Neatness, keeping all that is mine,
     From being a distraction and taking people's time.

Ois for Obedience, when Jesus is Lord,
     And my life is all His, I obey all His Word.

Pis for Patience, when I'm willing to wait,
     Because I have faith that God's timing's not late.

Qis for Quietness when my heart is at peace,
     It comes when my own wants and plans I release.

Ris for Resourcefulness, when I creatively use
     What God has given me, contentment I choose.

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Sis for Sincerity, when people can see,
     That my motives are pure; I'm not living for me.

Tis for Temperance, when my senses don't reign,
     As I enjoy in moderation God's blessings and gain.

Uis for Unity, when God's heart we share,
     We serve Him together and each other's burdens bear.

Vis for Virtue when my life is a light,
     Because obeying God's Word is my chief delight.

Wis for Wisdom, seeing things through God's eyes,
     When I study God's Word, that's how I become wise.

Xis for eXcellence in all that I do,
     As unto the Lord, His own plans to pursue.

Yis for Yielding to God's perfect will,
     Giving up all my own plans, His plans to fulfill.

Zis for Zeal, sincere eagerness to
     Make life count for God's kingdom in all that I do.

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