Character building for Christian children.

This post will contain links to websites, books, articles and the like that I come across
which pertain to the Christian family.
There will be all kinds of different things, and maybe if I get enough I’ll do a separate post for each topic, boyandgirl
but for now, I’ll just stick them all in here where they are easily found. (I will add to this as I find more.)
My hope for this is to encourage parents to build their children up in the Lord, which is something
I really wish I had growing up, but I was not brought up in a Christian home.
I hope to adhere to this following verse with my own children in the hopes that they will follow the Lord and grow up in Him.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

These next links are from a blog I really enjoy, Deep Roots At Home. At first I didn’t think it would be any good for me as I am a sole parent. But the more I read of Jacqueline’s blog the more I liked so I included some  here.

Character building books for boys.  

Character building books for girls.

I bought some of the ‘Miller’s’ books last year and have started using them as devotionals each night before my chDSCF1123ildren go to bed. I’ve found that by doing this, we remember the stories the next day and we can then be reminded of the verse in each story. I find that most of the stories we can relate to, even in the book ‘Schooldays’. We homeschool, but those stories/verses can be applied to church, outings and just friends in general. They are so good because they get the children’s attention because the stories are about children. I highly recommend these books. I will be purchasing more when I can.

I am in the process of reviewing “Lads and Ladies of Wisdom” from Kathie Morrisey over at The Character Corner.
I have been meaning to do the one before this one (Little Lads and Ladies of Virtue), but have never got aroundwisdompic to it. This one has been given to me to review, so I have extra incentive to get it done. lol But in all seriousness, it looks so easy for someone like me to do. I can be quite disorganised and struggle to find the time to do hands on things like this (it also comes with activity pages for the youngsters), but this is easy enough for this disorganised, homeschooling mama to do.
I look forward to continuing on with the rest and starting the previous one.
Stay tuned for updates as I go. 🙂
UPDATE I have done a review of the curriculum, and I love it.
Here’s the link.
Also, if you have a look and decide you think you would like to purchase it, you can purchase it through this link here. It is an affiliate link, so I will earn a small percentage from the sale if you go through me. (Which of course you don’t have to, but it will certainly help.) 🙂


Donations to the needy. (What not to donate.)

As someone who has worked in op shops, I was constantly irritated at people who would donate things that were only good for rags or the bin.
One lady brought in a whole garbage bag full of clothes that absolutely reeked of stale cigarette smoke. While the clothes may have been nice, it would have taken someone taking them home, soaking them and then washing them to bring them up to scratch. We have enough washing to do with our own families let alone someone elses clothes.

Many clothes that were brought in clothing-donationswere unusable due to stains, broken zips etc. We would get toys that were broken, puzzle books that had been half done, games/puzzles that were incomplete etc. Basically, stuff that was ready for the bin, not to be handed on to someone else.
Just because people may be in need, it doesn’t mean that they deserve inferior stuff. People on low incomes still have dignity and shouldn’t be made to feel as though they are second, or third class citizens, just because they can’t afford to shop retail.
If you wouldn’t buy it in the state it is in, don’t donate it.
I think a simple rule to follow is, if you wouldn’t allow your family to wear it, use it, read it or play with it, don’t donate it. It is probably better in the bin.

This link is to a blog post by someone else. I do not necessarily endorse the whole blog, but I do agree with this particular post of theirs.

Is the Bible enough, or do we have to “hear” from God?

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:

I have recently become aware of a new movement doing the rounds in the Christian world, and it’s not one that you want to adhere to, and one I want to warn others about. It’s one where people say that the Bible isn’t enough, and that we need to place “hearing” the “living” God, and experiencing Him, above the written word.
This is very dangerous as it leads to many errors and many people being led away from truth and right into the hands of lying and deceiving spirits.
The proponents of this movement seem very sincere, but no matter how sincere someone is, they can still be sincerely wrong, and this way of thinking is wrong. I have recently seen a few people who believe this (and have seen people try to correct them, seemingly without effect) and I want to show you why it’s unbiblical and should be avoided.
These people cannot be led to the truth in God’s word if they do not believe that the Bible is enough.
They claim that God speaks to them, but if what they say is unbiblical, they cannot be corrected with scripture because they don’t believe the Bible is enough, they believe that the next step beyond the Bible is hearing from ‘God’ Himself and that makes the Bible almost irrelevant. They say the Bible is still good to read, but it’s more important to “hear” God. (Never mind that they are hearing from lying and deceiving spirits though.) They put what they “hear” from “God” above what is in the Bible, and many times, what they “hear” is in direct contradiction to the Bible.
If someone gets a ‘prophecy, or a word of knowledge, from the Lord, it WILL NOT contradict what He has already said in HIS word.

These people then make themselves the authority, not God, *because you shouldn’t ‘test’ them, or you shouldn’t “come against God’s anointed”. They believe that what they have said trumps the Bible because it has come directly from “God” Himself.
Some also use fear tactics and scare mongering (*like above) to make sure that nobody disobeys them and or questions them.

Beware of these people who teach that the Bible isn’t enough, and that you don’t need to read it, that you just need to listen to and experience God.
These are false teachers!

Jesus is the living Word. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12