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National Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 3
The theme for this year is
"America, Unite in Prayer"
and is based on II Chronicles 7:14:
"If My people
who are called by My name
humble themselves and pray
and seek My face
and turn from their wicked
then I will hear from heaven,
will forgive their sin
and will heal their land."
» This is a good
opportunity to teach your children the
importance of praying for our nation and
leading them in doing so.
"I urge that entreaties and prayers,
be made on behalf of all men,
for kings and all who are
so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life
In all godliness and dignity.
This is good and acceptable
in the sight of God our
who desires all men to be saved
and to come to the
knowledge of the truth."
(1 Timothy 2:1-3)
100 Ways To Say
Praise is a powerful motivator! And the words
you use to encourage your children in their
efforts will be even more meaningful and
effective if you are realistic and specific.
out a handy list of 100 words or phrases
to write on your child's work or to say to
him as you put your arm around him. Examples:
You're really working hard today.
That's the best you've ever done.
Keep working on it.
You are learning fast.
Keep up the good work.
You're really improving.
Keep on trying.
Other ideas might include:
· "This is a big
step in meeting your goals for this year."
· "You will be able
to use this skill for the rest of your life."
· "Did you ask the
Lord to help you? Let's thank Him!"
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In This Issue:
Building Relationships with Your
Relationships with Your Childrena Priority
· Ten Simple Ways To
with Your Children
· Oxford Tutorials:
Classic Christian College Prep Online
· The Goops:
Whimsical Rhyme Teaches Manners
· AVKO: Phonetic
Language Arts / Dyslexia
In this issue we bring you some very
practical and heartfelt suggestions written
by Pam Forster. Pam and her husband John
started a wonderful ministry called
whose mission is "to supply Bible-based,
parent-designed, family-tested products to
help you apply Scripture in your home."
Daniel, the oldest of the Forster children,
is now the general manager and president of
Doorposts and has written a book, Prepare
Thy Work, to help young men properly
order their lives and goals - preparing for
their callings first, and then pursuing
courtship and marriage.
May the Lord bless your family for His glory
as you build lifelong relationships with your
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Making Relationships with Your Children
by Pam Forster, Doorposts
See and print this article online.
With all the good and necessary tasks and
opportunities that demand our attention each
day, it is good to remember what God has to
say about our responsibility to nurture
relationships within the family.
1. We are responsible to build
God has commanded us
to disciple our children. To do this,
we must have strong, healthy relationships
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and
with all thy might. And these words,
which I command thee this day, shall be in
thine heart: And thou shalt teach them
diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk
of them when thou sittest in thine house, and
when thou walkest by the way, and when thou
liest down, and when thou risest up."
2. God says that our relationship
is demonstrated through our our relationship
We express our love
for God by how we love those made in His
"And this commandment we have from Him: that
he who loves God must love his brother
also." (1 John 4:21)
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and
with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:
this is the first commandment. And the
second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other
commandment greater than these." (Mark
3. Treasure the opportunity and
God has given us.
We can display God's love as
we lay down our lives for our children, as we
spend time with them, disciple them, love
them, and teach them God's Word.
"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because
he laid down his life for us: and we ought to
lay down our lives for the brethren.
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth
his brother have need, and shutteth up his
bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth
the love of God in him?" (1 John 3:16-17)
4. Love is demonstrated through
We must invest time and
energy building a foundation of love and
trust that leads our children to welcome and
value our instruction.
"My little children, let us not love in word,
neither in tongue; but in deed and in
truth." (1 John 3:18)
5. The season of childrearing is
short! Use it well!
"So teach us to number our days, that we may
apply our hearts unto wisdom." (Psalm
"As for man, his days are as grass: as a
flower of the field, so he
flourisheth." (Psalm 103:15)
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Ten Simple Ways
To Build Relationships with Your Children
1. Take someone with you any time you go
out in the car!
This gives you time to talk together. Your
children will learn from you while you shop,
while you minister, while you drive, and they
will learn to serve alongside you.
2. Work together!
Work in the garden, the kitchen, and the house
together. Not only will this give you more
time to talk and train your children in the
tasks you perform, but it will also save you
time, leaving you more time to spend with
them in other ways.
3. Schedule times to spend with
Work together on areas of temptation and sin,
communicate that you are on their side, and pray
for each other.
Study the Bible together.
Teach your children how to study the Bible as
you study pertinent topics together.
Read and discuss books together.
Girl Talk, God at Work,
Future Men, Tearing
Down Strongholds, When You Rise
Up, and Thoughts
for Y oung Men are a few examples of the
we've read. We also read just-for-fun books
Go for walks together.
We have found this to be especially good with
our boys! They talk a lot more on a walk than
they do while we're sitting together on the sofa.
Go out to eat together.
This doesn't have to be fancy - fast food or
an ice cream cone can give you just as much
time together as a big, expensive meal.
Have a campout!
When everyone was little we all "camped out"
together in the living room every Friday
night! I still have campout nights on the
floor with individual girls and impromptu
summer campouts on the deck. Sometimes I
sleep in the girls' room with them. It's
amazing how much more the kids talk when
we're laying there in the dark!
Have a monthly "Girls' Afternoon Out" or a
"Boys' Afternoon Out."
This is an idea that I was inspired to
implement after reading Carolyn Mahaney's
fine book, Girl Talk. Once a month the
and I just go out for the afternoon (or
sometimes the whole day) and have fun
together! We've gone to tulip and iris farms,
rose gardens, tea rooms, bookstores, parks,
and more, and we always have a great time!
Share a regular time to discuss and set
We try to do this at least once a year. It
has proven to be a very helpful tradition,
and we're always encouraged when we look back
and see how many goals have been reached over
the course of the previous year.
Design a plan to help you schedule
individual time with your children.
Doorposts' product, Family
Circles, can help
you with this task.
AVKO (Audio, Visual,
Kinesthetic, and Oral)
Offers a Multi-Sensory Approach
to Language Arts through Phonics
and Word Families.
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reading and spelling skills as your child
masters the keyboard.
Let's Write Right teaches
reading/spelling as the alphabet is learned.
Sequential Spelling builds
To Teach a Dyslexic is the readable
and enjoyable autobiography of Don McCabe, a
dyslexic who has become a widely recognized
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To try it before you buy it or for
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4. Extend hospitality and socialize
together as a family.
Minimize the time your children spend with
just children their own age, and spend more
time together as a family, in activities
together, hosting other families in your
home, and welcoming your children's friends
into your home.
5. Design projects to share as a
Sharing common goals while you work and serve
together will draw your family together. Find
a way to serve together through your church,
minister to shut-ins or retirement home
residents together, start a small business
together, host events for other families,
help grandparents, raise animals, or play music
6. Show an interest in your children's
My father was a master at this! My security
in his love and the direction of my life have
both been profoundly affected by this great
gift that only my daddy could give me! Sit
down and listen to your daughter practice the
piano, go to the softball game, build a model
with your son, draw a picture together,
admire the Lego constructions, and give them your
7. Show physical affection to your
Hold their hands, hug them, say "I love you,"
and hug them some more!
8. Discipline your children.
One of the best ways to communicate love to
our children is to firmly, lovingly, and
consistently discipline them. Proverbs 13:24
says that "He who spares his rod hates his
son, but he who loves him disciplines him
A child who gets his own way is not a child
that will feel secure in the love of his
parents. Left to himself, he will also become
a child that is more difficult to love!
Welcome discipline situations as
opportunities to grow closer to your
children. Humbly facing our sinful hearts,
rejoicing in God's grace and the gospel that
covers our sin, asking and granting
forgiveness - all these actions draw children
and parents together as brothers and sisters
in the Lord.
Welcome discipline situations as teaching
opportunities. We have much to teach our
children in the few years we have them in our
homes. Every misbehavior, every sin, is an
opportunity to further teach them from God's
See resources the help you with Biblical
9. Don't step back too much when your
children "graduate" or reach the age of
We've seen many families pull back too much
just when children are reaching an age when
many life-altering decisions (vocation,
spouse, etc.) are being made.
Stay connected with your adult children!
Be aware of their friendships.
Encourage them to live at home until God
leads them into marriage.
Continue to guide and offer counsel,
recognizing that the relationship is changing
as your children reach adulthood.
10. Thank God for your children and pray
for them daily!
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