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Holiness

on June 7, 2012

Raising G Rated Kids in An R Rated World

Once you get sick deep in your gut about one thing in this world, it can open your eyes to see that all the worlds ways are mad and merciless, and no matter which arena you look (health, politics, business, family, school, etc.), there is corruption. Do you ever find yourself wanting to scream, “that is SO wrong!!!,” ………when you find out about pink slime or watch Food Inc., or think about how prices of everything organic are driven up making it a burden for families just to eat healthy while junk food is dirt cheap, or how the huge money loving pharmecuticals manipulate our healthcare and FDA, how unethical conduct in the business world is rampant, how the media is full of everything irreverant and disrespectful, how Americans are driven by an insatiable need for more stuff which drives us to increasingly lose sight of family values in all our money making pursuits? Or how about the way government schools require total conformity, discourage parental involvement, and are churning out masses of defiant and immature citizens stripped of the ability to think for themselves. These are a few of the things that make me sick. You probably have your own list.

All this mania drives me to God, the author of everything that is the opposite of sad and sick.

If you want to escape all this corruption, if it makes you want to wretch, good. Let it make you want to run to God! He is the only one you can count on to protect you and your family from the harsh realities of this world. How else can you protect your precious innocent children? When you think of your tiny ones, you think purity, innocence, undefiled, and exceedingly precious. Does it grieve you when you look around you and see that the world is robbing children of that gift at an earlier and earlier age? My mission as a mother and a home maker, is to fashion a home that promotes holiness so that my children may grow up uncorrupted, being “Holy as He is Holy.” That they may have a beautiful set of unscarred childhood memories. That they may escape the sinful mindsets that sneakily infiltrated my own young life, even managing to get past the guard of my own faithful parents.  I want my children protected from the pain that accompanies sinful choices. Satan is working full time to lure our children into his lair by engraining a worldy mindset into them as they socialize at school, as they are bombarded with media, as they sit in our own homes under the tutelage of parents with unrenewed minds. Yes, by our own parenting. If we are not in the Word of God constantly, our minds are unrenewed, unable to think God’s higher kind of thoughts, and there is no doubt about it, we will be totally and completely susceptible to the corrupting mindsets of the world. If we do not agree with the crazy ways of the world, then why wouldn’t we do everything we can to be set apart, following higher ways, being holy–especially for the sake of our children?

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

God has given us everything we need for living a godly life…….he has given us great and precious promises (His Word!). These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. 1 Peter 1:3-4

Protecting my children was a huge determinant for why I decided to homeschool. The article, Raising G Rated Kids in an R Rated World, spoke to me during a time when I was beginning to feel a holy burn inside for protecting my children. The author, Jill, says, “You see our job and goal is to train up our children in the way they should go……….. Thank God there is only ONE way. That way is narrow and few will enter into it. Why? Because it is hard to go against the world in all you do. It is hard to shut the world out and raise your children as if what is going on outside your home is not happening.” You may disagree with some of my standards for ensuring that my kids stay protected, but I will share a few to get you thinking about these things before they “sneak” up on your child. I don’t feel that little children need to watch TV or movies, that older children need cell phones, that video games do a lick of good for anyone, that kids should have a computer or TV in their own bedrooms, that kids should be going to play or sleep over at the houses of other families unless extremely well known and holding similar standards, that kids should be cared for or taught by anyone on a daily basis who does not share your standards. The last standard is one big reason why it is not possible for me to send my children away to be taught by the world’s teachers, and why I passionately embrace homeschool. Anyway, these are all personal convictions and yours may be different, but whatever they are, I encourage you to set them high. Its is easier to lower them later, than to raise them later. Besides, you may find that you love what God is able to do in your household through your high standards. In the beginning it may feel as if striving for holiness is binding, like what can we do?? No, it is not easy to shut out the world, but in the end, I believe that the happiest families are those who pay the price for true freedom. “He whom the Son sets free is free indeed!!!” John 8:36

Holiness is Truly Beautiful


2 responses to “Holiness

  1. Tara Hannon says:

    Hey, nice dress! 😉 Where is this taken? And where is baby faith? I really liked your post. And you’re right- holiness looks good on you guys 🙂

    • Miss Lynn says:

      Well, thank you! 🙂 This pic is from Aunty Judy and Uncle Lowell’s 50 Anniversary Party at Roundhill Country Club. Faithy was rolling around on the floor like a little animal in her lace dress completely uncooperative with taking a nice picture. So I took the opportunity to get a pretty pic with my little man since we purposely matched his tux to my dress. He was so cute!

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