Friday, July 22, 2011

Reflections on the Times The Family

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One of the most powerful impacts on the family today is the influence  media has on us...    By media I am referring to television,   electronic communication and devices,  and radio, music, etc.    I firmly believe  that satan is the ruler of  the air,,,,     that it is by his deception and influence that  television as we see it today has  fallen so short of the wholesome quality  it  exhibited in   its infancy...  Music,  by the same token  has  deteriorated  to the place where  often times lyrics are actually  unintelligible   which is probably a good thing as many lyrics today are lewd  and  purport ungodly themes.   Electronic games, often times,  display  a level of  violence and sexuality that  at least I find very shocking,     The quality of films and the free use of profanity  add to the  slippery slope on which we find our society.  Yet,  look at our families....  as a retired  elementary  school teacher  I know  how  families work hard to  provide homes for  their  children...  wanting to give them the  things  that they think will  keep them happy....   So  both parents  are working  while  children   spend   time in  day care centers  and  then when  families are at home  the children are  relegated often times to the tv,  the internet,  or electronic games to  entertain them while  parents  do their thing... it is no wonder that  the evils that  are so prevalent  on the screen are  being  devoured and are corrupting the minds of our youth...   there is  an insidious seed  of  disrespect, entitlement, confusion of gender, rage, fear, and discontent planted in the hearts of  our children that  festers and grows and influences  them in later years....and parents are basically unaware of it  until  it manifests itself in action...
Oh  be careful little eyes what you see!   Be careful little ears what you hear!

Ephesians 2:1-10
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
   The Holy Spirit  pointed me to a website last night  that is affiliated with Focus on the Family  called the Truth Project.   There I found some amazing helps for  family issues  in these times. 

4 comments:

  1. Amen! Says it all beautifully!
    Happy PS weekend ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  2. I have that little song stuck in my head now! The words are so true though! :)

    I wanted to invite you to my little Cottage Giveaway! Welcome!

    Gina

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  3. So true in so many ways! And I LOVE that little song. When I am babysitting grandchildren, we spend a lot of time reading together, playing games, and running around. When we do watch tv, I strive for educational shows. As they get older, though, it definitely gets harder. But I also enjoy sharing Bible memory verses for the children when we are together - either working on their Awana verses, or our summer projects, like the 10 commandments for kids we did this summer. :) It's a blessing how much of a positive spiritual impact we can make on our kids and grandkids, even in small amounts of time. Joy-filled moments. :) Thanks again for a lovely visit. Off to sing, be careful... :)

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  4. I love the comments. Thanks so much for your visits and for sharing... Kaye, Im singing a duet with you as I type!

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