Prints of Elbows on My Bed

Prints of Elbows on My Bed

I was but a youth and thoughtless, As all youths are apt to be; Though I had a Christian mother Who had taught me carefully.   There came a time when pleasure Of the world came to allure, And I no more sought the guidance Of her love so good and pure.   Her tender admonitions fell But lightly on my ear, And for the gentle warnings I felt an inward sneer.   But Mother would not yield her boy To Satan’s sinful sway, And though I spurned her counsel She knew a better way.   She made my room an altar, A place of secret prayer, And there she took her burden And left it in His care.   And morning, noon and evening By that humble bedside low, She sought the aid of Him who Understands a mother’s woe.   And I went my way unheeding, Careless of the life I led, Until one day I noticed Prints of elbows on my bed.   Then I saw that she had been there Praying for her wayward boy, Who for love of worldly pleasure Would her peace of mind destroy.   Long the conflict raged within me, Sin against my Mother’s prayers, Sin must yield – for Mother never While she daily met Him there.   And her constant

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Pearls

Pearls

The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. “Oh please, Mommy, can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?” Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl’s upturned face. “A dollar ninety-five. That’s almost $2.00. If you really want them, I’ll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday’s only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma.” As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbour and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace. Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere-Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a

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How to Pray For Your Child

How to Pray For Your Child

1. Pray NOTHING hinders your child from accepting Christ as his/her personal Saviour early in life. (Matthew 19:14) 2. Pray your child learns to know God and will have a deep desire to do God’s will for his/her life. (Psalms 119:27,30,34,35). 3. Pray your child hears stories from the Bible that will be a basis for his/her decisions throughout life. (Ecclesiastes 12:1, Psalms 71:17). 4. Pray your child will develop a keen sense of right and wrong and that he/she will truly abhor evil and cling to that which is good. (Psalms 139:23-4). 5. Pray your child will increase in wisdom (mentally) and in stature (physically) and in favour with God (spiritually) and man (socially). (Luke 2:52). This prayer covers his/her total development to his/her full potential. 6. Pray that your child will develop a thankful heart and a positive mental attitude. (Psalm 126:2-3, Romans 8:31) 7. Pray that God protects your child from Satan and his/her wiles in every area of his/her life. (John 17:55, Psalm 121) 8. Pray that God would destroy the enemies in his/her life whether they be weaknesses, lying, selfishness etc. (Psalms 120:2; 140). 9. Pray that God would make him/her successful in the work God has for him/her to do. (Psalm 118:25, 139:9-10) 10. Pray he/she have a strong sense of belonging to a

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Buying Time

Buying Time

A man came home from work late again, tired, irritated, and stressed, to find his 6-year-old son waiting for him at the door. “Daddy, may I ask you a question?” “Yeah, sure, what is it?” replied the man. “Daddy, how much money do you make an hour?” “That is none of your business! What makes you ask such a question?” the man said irritatingly. “Oh, I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” pleaded the little boy. “Well, if you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.” “Oh,” the little boy replied, head bowed. Looking up, he said, “Daddy, may I borrow $10.00 please?” The father was irritated. “If the only reason you want to know how much money I make is so you can borrow some for a dopey toy or other nonsense, then off to your room and think about your selfishness. And besides, you’re only 6 years old, and 6 year-olds don’t need money. I work long, hard hours every day to earn money for you and your mom, I don’t have time to talk about loaning you money”. The little boy went quietly to his room and shut the door. After about an hour, the father had calmed down and started to think he may have been a little

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19 Somethings to Say to Children

19 Somethings to Say to Children

1. I love you! There is nothing that will make me stop loving you. Nothing you could do or say or think will ever change that. 2. You are amazing! I look at you with wonder! Not just at what you can do, but who you are. There is no one like you. No one! 3. It’s all right to cry. People cry for all kinds of reasons: when they are hurt, sad, glad, or worried; when they are angry, afraid, or lonely. Big people cry too. I do. 4. You’ve made a mistake. That was wrong. People make mistakes. I do. Is it something we can fix? What can we do? It’s all over. You can start fresh. I know you are sorry. I forgive you. 5. You did the right thing. That was scary or hard. Even though it wasn’t easy, you did it. I am proud of you; you should be too. 6. I’m sorry. Forgive me. I made a mistake. 7. You can change your mind. It’s good to decide, but it is also fine to change. 8. What a great idea! You were really thinking! How did you come up with that? Tell me more. Your mind is clever! 9. That was kind. You did something helpful and thoughtful for that person. That must make

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Legacy of Success

Legacy of Success

There was a certain wealthy man who lived in a certain town. He had just a son; when the boy grew up, he wanted to take over the father’s estate. His father gave him a condition he must fulfil before he can hand over his multibillion-dollar business to him. The condition: Earn 10,000 dollars and show me the money. The son sought help from his mother and brought the money to his father claiming he worked for it. His father collected the cash and threw it into the oven. The two watched until the whole money was burnt to ashes. He admonished his son to go on and work for the money and bring it to him. The mother again gave him another $10,000 and told the boy to wait for some time, disguise and look worn out before seeing his father. When he eventually met his father with the money, the old man was at the same spot close to the oven. The man took the cash and again threw it into the oven. The two men again watched the $10,000 burnt to ashes. Again, the man said, “Son, go work to save $10000 and show me. Only then will my inheritance will be yours.” The boy was furious knowing that his father was determined on the condition of

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