Monthly Archives: August 2011

Is God First In Your Life?

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I was put to a test last night and had to kinda laugh once i realized what was happening..   As I was leaving church to meet someone at the last minute in town… I was walking to touch the door to leave and noticed a family that i didn’t recognize sitting on a bench waiting for someone.. I thought maybe they had came to church and didnt know we had childrens church so.. i stopped backed up and asked if they had visited the church and told them we had childrens church upstairs and asked the childrens ages.  I then informed them that the little girl would be in the room i teach and told them a little about what we do.. The parents let me know they were waiting to speak to pastor about switching churches.. In the back of my mind i was thinking i gotta hurry.. but i knew what i needed to do.. A new family.. the girl will be in my room… so I asked if i could show the kids the rooms they would be in if they came to Clawson.. They loved their rooms and i spoke with them and introduce the little boy to Sharon who would be his teacher… Then waited a few minutes and was taking them back down stairs.. only to run into someone that i needed to give something to for VBS… UGHHHH … i was thinking i am fixen to get outta here.. and then i was interupted again.. God was saying “AM I FIRST TONIGHT?”  So i politely gave my friend who is willing to help me in VBS the info he needed also keeping the kids so their parents can talk to pastor with us.  I invited the kids to VBS and finally got to go to my destination… The moral of this story is that God gives us things that we love and treasure but we have to be careful where we put those treasures.. I am glad that i was aware of that test and passed.. and luckily the person i was meeting loves God as much as me and understood patiently… Thank you God for my blessings… and YOU ARE FIRST!!

Fatherhood Today

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Fatherhood Today

A new analysis from Pew using data from the stellar National Survey of Family Growth brings a small bit of good news on the fatherhood front, but also some very bad news.

The bad news: More children are living without the tremendous advantage of having daily access to their fathers in the home.

The good news: Of those who do have a father in their home, their dads are 2.5 times more likely to be closely involved in their children’s care than live-in fathers were in the 1960s.

But this is little consolation against the very dark cloud of fatherlessness — 21 percent of white fathers, 44 percent of black fathers, and 35 percent of Hispanic fathers live apart from their children. Twenty-seven percent of absent fathers say they have not seen their children even once in the past year.

And fatherlessness marks a distinct class divide, as 40 percent of fathers who never completed high school live apart from their children, while only 7 percent of fathers who graduated from college do.

While it is well known how important a father’s involvement is to healthy child development, a very interesting and lesser known finding comes from a 26-year longitudinal study which says that the strongest factor indicating whether children practiced high levels of empathic concern for others in their adult years was whether they had an involved father in their life. In fact, father care was a stronger indicator here than the three strongest maternal factors combined! The study explained, “These results appear to fit with previous findings indicating that pro-social behaviors such as altruism and generosity in children were related to active involvement in child care by fathers.”

Fathers matter in many unlikely ways. And when fewer children have less access to their fathers, that matters for the children, and it matters for all of us.

— Glenn T. Stanton is the director of family formation studies at Focus on the Family and a research fellow at the Institute of Marriage and Family. He is also author of the recent book Secure Daughters, Confident Sons: How Parents Guide Their Children into Authentic Masculinity and Femininity.

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He Loves Me Anyway

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The question was raised
As my conscience fell
A silly, little lie
It
didn’t mean much
But it lingers still
In the corners of my mind
Still you call me to walk
On the edge of this world
To spread my dreams and
fly
But the future’s so far
My heart is so frail
I think I’d rather
stay inside
But You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life that I’ve
ever known
Yes You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me
How You love
me
It took more than my strength
To simply be still
To seek but never
find
All the reasons we change
The reasons I doubt
And why do loved
ones have to die?
But You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life that
I’ve ever known
Yes You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me
I am
the thorn in Your crown
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But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me
anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’
kiss
But You love me anyway
See now, I am the man who yelled out from the
crowd
For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking
ground
Yes
then, I turned away with a smile on my face
With this sin in my heart tried
to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night, I still called out for
You
So ashamed of my life, my life, my life
But You love me anyway
Oh,
God… how you love me
You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life that
I’ve ever known
You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me
You love
me, You love me
You love me, You love me
How You love me
How You love
me
How You love me