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Raising kids in a messed up world

We are raising kids in a culture where:

We are raising our children in a messed up tangle of a world bathed in the hazy smoke of grey where black and white have been utterly obliterated. Tweet this!

Are you overwhelmed yet? I certainly am! When I look around at our country, our culture and society, our churches, our leaders, our policies and politics… I can hardly bear it. I feel like I am trudging through the mud with 5 kids on my back trying to get them through unsullied along the way… is it possible?

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Finding your way in a world that is grey.

If you are looking for someone who has all the answers, it is not me! My kids are still young, I am still muddling my way through the mire of life hoping and praying that I am doing the right thing. I ask God every day to be greater than my shortcomings, to fill in the many gaps I am sure are left, to make my kids strong enough for the world we live in! It is hard to teach your children hard-fast truths and black and white morals in a world that is open to everything and closed to anyone who isn’t. Our culture was so determined to end intolerance that they now intolerant of anyone who doesn’t believe as they do.

If you are not open to everything and celebrating it you are intolerant. If you speak your opinion you’re a hater. Tweet this!

I look around me and my heart is sick. I think of Sodom and Gomorrah and I wonder when our time is coming. I think of raising my children in this broken world and I worry for their future. I worry for THEM raising THEIR children in a world that is even more messed up and broken than it is now. When does the downward spiral stop? At what point did we lose all sense of right and wrong? How can people listen to the advertisements for Ashley Madison, “it allows you to stay within your marriage and be that great partner…” and buy it? How can we consider cutting apart a baby, that can FEEL EVERYTHING while it is still alive and removing it piece by piece?!?! If we did that to an animal we would be in jail! HOW HOW HOW can we not see the atrocity of what we are doing? How can we take all power away from a powerless infant and GIVE all power to a 5 year old who doesn’t know their own mind? How can we ask our children to explore their sexuality when they don’t even understand it yet? Where do we draw the line my friends?

Raising kids in a messed up world... confused?

They lost the ability to blush…

“Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush.” -Jeremiah 6:15

We have no shame. Nothing shocks us anymore. We have been desensitized by our books, magazines and what we see on TV. Even as a believer, what I hear and see in the news is just par for the course. This is perhaps the scariest thing of all. This is why people can see videos of babies screaming while they are cut up and defend abortion. This is why people can convince themselves that “life is short, have an affair.” This is why teachers can ask a 5 year old to find where they fit on the gender spectrum and explore that and if you try to speak up, you are intolerant.

Nothing is new under the sun and everything is acceptable… except your opinion that is. Tweet this!

Here’s the utter hypocrisy of our society… they preach tolerance and acceptance and openness, and yet they will tar and feather you for your opinion. If you dare to state you personally don’t agree with something, you are everything that is wrong with the world! You are intolerant, a hater!

Raising kids for the future, there is hope!

I want to give my children a strong foundation in who they are and who they were made to be. I want to teach them that there IS a line and to be bold and courageous in their faith. I want them to be of the world but not in the world. To have compassion and empathy and understanding and most of all, LOVE but not lose their values and morals along the way. I homeschool my 5 children not to hide them from the world, but to give them the time to establish who they are. To pray over them, to teach them God’s word, that there IS good and evil, wrong and right and how to discern it!

But my hope lies not in what I can teach them, not in what curriculum I use or how many lessons I fit in. My hope lies in a God who is bigger than my failings and the failings of this world. Prayer, prayer and more prayer. There is power in prayer my friends! I’ll leave you with this song that speaks my heart on this matter so much more than mere words could possibly express.

 

Raising kids with God’s help!

Comments

  1. > life is short, have an affair

    A single company’s tagline does not define an entire societies culture.

    > families are being ripped apart

    You never expound on this. Families have been “ripped apart” by war, famine and disease throughout all human history. Statistically we are in a period where this is happening far *less* than ever before, so I don’t understand this complaint.

    > thinking something is wrong is a hate crime

    This is both demonstrably and obviously untrue.

    > Confusion reigns

    Just…generally? People are confused about things? How? What things? Considering people have access to more information and education today than ever before, I again don’t understand this argument.

    > wrong is right and right is wrong

    Bring out the platitudes!

    > Are you scared yet? I certainly am!

    Just wait until we’re all forced into a gay-marriage evolutionary abortion, amirite?!

    • A single company’s tagline and the 37 million people who are in their database. I think it’s a pretty good representation of the “if it feels good do it” attitude of our culture today.

      You are right about the families being ripped apart, I was going to get into that more but deleted it.

      I reworded the bullet to say haters. The reality is that if you disagree with something you are labeled a hater. ABSOLUTELY! You have a strip torn out of you if you dare to voice an opinion other than the norm. It’s a double standard… openness and acceptance except to anyone who doesn’t agree with it.

      Confusion reigns, yes, generally. The line between black and white, wrong and right (which I am referring to in this entire article) is confused, blurred. We have more access to higher education and the internet and all sorts of wonderful things and somehow that has only created an environment that is more complicated and confusing than ever before. More is not always merrier. More information, opinions, conflicting statistics and reports. Throwing everything into the pot and stirring it up doesn’t exactly bring forth clarity. Things are changing rapidly, constantly. I homeschool (obviously) and in the few years I have been homeschooling the schools are already drastically different. There are new policies, new regulations, new laws. As a parent, what was true only a short time ago is considered completely wrong today. Should you breastfeed or bottle feed? Wait? What? Lay your baby on their stomach so they don’t aspirate. No wait! Lay them on their back so they don’t die of SIDS! Information everywhere, constantly changing. It is a confusing world to live in no matter which way you look at it.

      Thank you for your opinion on my platitude, it has been used so often because it is true.

      I never said anything about my opinion about gay marriage, I was talking about the confusion in schools regarding the gender spectrum but your sentiment towards this article is perfectly clear. And the day we are forced into abortion, who knows! In a world that considers it normal, acceptable and even welcome to rip apart a living baby, in some places at an age that is more than viable… my opinion and expectation of our society is rapidly deteriorating.

      Thank you for helping me clarify a few points in this article and taking the time to comment.

  2. Well said! Reading your piece about raising kids in today’s society is like reflecting on things I’ve said in conversations. I couldn’t agree more with everything you’ve said. Thank you for writing this, it needs to be said, and said again. There has to be a turning point, or like you pointed out, when is our turn….
    Have a great school year!

  3. This very song has been on my mind along with your closing remarks of prayer, prayer, and more prayer! Thank you!

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