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Volume II, Number 8                                  June 10, 2002 ______________________________________________________

     We hope that you will enjoy and profit from this newsletter. You are invited to send us your comments and suggestions on this and future editions.

May the Lord bless your family for His glory,
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch

Table of Contents

  • How To Make Every Day Father's Day
  • Summer & Socialization
  • Flag Day Links
  • Home-School Conventions
  • Sunny Side Up
  • Reprint Policies & Customer Service

    Next Issue: Summer Reading and Study, Health Checkups, Independence Days, Special Needs.

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    How To Make Every Day Father's Day

         As a mother and wife, there is much you can do to contribute to the success, fulfillment, and happiness of your husband every day.

    1. Dedicate your own life to God.
    "For the love of Christ controls us, . . . that they who live should not longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf" II Corinthians 5:14, 15.
         * Willingly give up to Him all your desires, hopes, dreams, and expectations.
         * Thankfully accept from Him your biblical roles and family relationships as well as any limitations and all circumstances of your life.
         * Trust and obey the Lord in all things.

    2. Give yourself fully to your husband.
    "The heart of her husband trusts in her, . . . She does him good and not evil all the days of her life" Proverbs 31:11, 12.      * Love him unselfishly and unconditionally.
         * Listen to him attentively when he speaks, dropping what you are doing if possible, and establishing eye contact. Try to understand his unspoken desires and check your understanding with gentle questions.
         * Do your best to carry out his wishes faithfully in every area.
         * Meet his needs for food, clothing, intimacy, companionship, and spiritual fellowship without waiting to be asked.
         * Speak the truth in love. Express your true thoughts and feelings as well as personal or family needs with humility and kindness, rather than suppressing them in bitterness.

    3. Train your children to honor their father.
    "And let the wife see to it that she respect her husband;" "Honor your father and mother" Ephesians 5:33; 6:2.
         * Speak of him respectfully and lovingly and require your children to do so as well.
         * Represent him and his decisions in the best light.
         * Teach your children that God leads the whole family through Father, so they can accept his direction, rules, and discipline as from the Lord.

    4. Maintain order in the home.
    "She looks well to the ways of her household" Proverbs 31:27.
         * Organize and arrange the house, furnishings, schedule, meals, and chores so that your home life is convenient and comfortable for Dad when he is there.
         * Supervise and discipline the children so that peace and quiet are the norm.

    5. Help your husband and children stay close. "And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers" Malachi 4:6.
         * Keep Dad informed of your children's progress in all areas as well as any needs you observe.
         * Encourage your children to go to Dad for comfort and to share with him their joys.
         * Teach your children how to make a respectful appeal to their father when they want or need material things, privileges, or changes to rules or decisions.

    6. Support your husband's spiritual life and leadership. "Encourage one another day after day" Hebrews 3:13.
         * Preserve the times that are most convenient for him to lead daily Bible reading or family devotions, and prayer alone with you. Make sure you and your children are ready and present on time every day, whether or not he is.
         * Prepare for church (baths, clothes, meals, etc.) the day before and get everyone to bed and up again early so that peace instead of clamor characterizes your Sundays.
         * Be ready and willing to offer hospitality to like minded Christians for spiritual fellowship and mutual encouragement.
         * If your husband does not choose to participate in these things, be careful not to push or offend him, but continue them faithfully with his permission and make him feel welcome to join you and/or take leadership whenever he chooses.

    7. Pray for your husband.
    "With all prayer and petition pray at all times" Ephesians 6:18.
         * Pray for him alone, with your children, and when the whole family is together.
         * Ask that God bless him, lead him, strengthen him, and comfort him. (Do not use your prayer as a chance to preach at him about what he should do.)

    8. Apologize for your sins and shortcomings.
    "Do not let the sun go down on your anger" Ephesians 4:26      * Be quick to repent and confess when you have sinned against your husband (e.g., anger, disrespect, negligence).
         * Express sorrow and humility even if your fault seems relatively small.
         * Ask him to forgive you and to tell you if he sees you going in that direction again.
         * Freely admit you could be wrong when he disagrees with you or remembers things differently.

    9. Have a forgiving spirit when your husband      is not at his best.
    "A gentle answer turns away wrath" Proverbs 15:1.      * Be understanding of his stress and frustration; try to alleviate these if you can.
         * Give your hurt feelings to God; reject the temptation to be bitter.
         * Answer softly and slowly; respond with genuine kindness to his anger.
         * Take his concerns seriously and act on them.

    10. Fill your husband's life with pleasant surprises.
    "It is more blessed to give than to receive" Acts 20:35.
         * Write out loving and appreciative notes or encouraging (not rebuking) Scriptures and place them in lunches, on his mirror or pillow, in his pocket or wallet.
         * Make his favorite meals or desserts often.
         * Give him a foot or back massage when he is tired or achy.
         * Offer to do small errands for him, in or out of the home.
         * Watch for and buy small gifts he would appreciate throughout the year, not just for his birthday or Father's Day.
         * Read and pass on to him articles or books in his areas of interest.
         * Encourage your children to write thank you notes, draw pictures, and make gifts for Daddy.
         * Make Dad's homecomings welcoming. Smile!

    11. Express appreciation for your husband.
    "So then let us pursue . . .the building up of one another" Romans 14:19.
         * Say thank you often for big things like working to support the family and for little things like taking out the garbage.
         * Tell him what you like about him; find the positive aspects of all his characteristics.
         * Thank God for him and praise him to your children and others.

    by Cindy Short, co-editor of The Teaching Home magazine

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    Summer & Socialization
         Will this summer's "socialization" reinforce or undo last year's character training? Here is one family's solution.

         We have pondered the question of socialization. How much "socialization" should we allow, knowing I Corinthians 15:33, "Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character," and Proverbs 13:20, "He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm."
         I don't want any harm to come to my children, nor do I wish to watch negative social pressures at work in our own yard!
         Our solution has been to limit our children's exposure to other children and to closely supervise their playtime. In this way, I can guide the play, correct attitudes as they arise, and maintain the standards of our family.
         Interestingly, the rules at our house have piqued the curiosity of more than one parent and opened doors to share what God's Word says about children and their training.
         Many parents have been influenced by the popular psychology of the day, and by contrast, what the Bible says is new and refreshing. Better than that: it works!
         We also enjoy inviting other families over for dinner and games or supervised play for the children while the adults visit.
         This is how we handle those relationships with others who have different values and standards. Happily, at least two of those families are now Christians!
         You can be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) in your very own neighborhood. Strive to reach God's standards in your life and in your home, plant the seeds of God's Word, and pray for the harvest. -- Melody G., Texas

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         in this way we shall constantly strengthen those
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    6. Why was Francis Scott Key on a British ship on September
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