Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Thoughts from the Woman in Pink


I was speaking with someone the other day, and erudite, godly and kind-natured man.  We were talking about homeschooling, and he commented that one particular group wanted to "cocoon" their children. Now, not for one minute did I take offense--his children are in a private Christian school, and he is contemplating homeschooling his oldest child soon. But he has not reached the point where I have been for YEARS!  The world is a place from which our children should be sheltered.  Michael and I are always seeing these disturbing statistics about the number of children raised in Christian homes who leave their faith by the way after leaving home.  The world's influences are powerful and insidious--they are the tools of their master, "the prince of the power of the air"--see Ephesians 2:2.
Our daughter has recently come face to face, in at least two situations, with Christians whose actions are  no different from those who belong to the world.  She and her true friend Sarah have dealt with it accordingly--through prayer. Virginia's heart is heavy, but she has learned some important lessons in discernment. So have I.


Our Sweet Boy


This week has already started off with some rocky moments, but the Lord sent us an unexpected blessing yesterday.  Every year, one of the professors at the College presents a list of graduating seniors who have achieved a certain GPA.  I think it is 3.75 or 3.8.  From that list, the faculty are asked to select those students they feel should represent the College in the year's "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities."  John Boy was on the list.  We had no idea whether he would be chosen--the list is made up of the top vote-getters. It is more than a popularity contest--it is more than an academic one--it comes back to character and conduct as well as grades. 
John Thomas was selected. 
This accolade means more to me than many others because it demonstrates that dependability, honesty, kindness and integrity are recognized and prized.
The Lord has been with us this year in so many ways--in every way.