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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Teaching Sons to be Men of Honor

Last week the men gathered around at our church and together with their sons studied and discussed six points of honorable men.
I cannot tell you how appreciative I am to have a church where the men are committed to exhorting eachother to godly manhood and are also passionate about passing that onto their sons.
It is invaluable.
Sons learn by example, they watch their fathers and the men around them to find their definition of what masculinity is. If they see Christian men serving the Lord, loving their wives, viewing children as blessings, and working hard, then they will also learn these desirable traits. 
It is also the same on the other hand---if boys have role models that are the opposite, men that oppose the Lord, ignore or abuse their wives, despise children and are lazy then they might be more inclined to pick up their wayward ways as well.
Mothers, our sons are not perfect and definitely need all the help they can get. We need to be petitioning the Lord for these young boys, crying out for their salvation daily, and praying for a hedge of protection around them when Satan comes calling.
Now here are the six points that were mentioned at the meeting:
 Men of Honor....

1. Tell the truth
2. Fulfill their duties
3. Do not demand respect--they earn it.
4. They can be trusted
5. They consider others above themselves
6. They honor those in authority
 
This would make a great study or discussion with your own sons. Print it out and talk about:
men of the Bible
historical figures
preachers of old
missionaries
soldiers
war veterans
characters of nobility in movies and books, etc. 
 
They all also looked over George Washington's Rules of Civility that you can find HERE. We had some good fun reading through them at our dinner table the other night!
 
When the going gets tough don't give up on your sons, dear mamas, but lovingly get on your knees for them instead.
 
Valuable Resources:
Warrior Prayers: Praying for Boys in the Area They Need It Most
Preparing Sons 
Future Men
Rebuilding a Culture of Virtuous Boyhood
Chilvarous Boyhood Collection
  
 (Six points by Herb Devine)
 


 
 
 
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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A Lovely Titanic Tea Party!

We love sharing Tea Party ideas here on the blog, and we recently stumbled upon a lovely Titanic Tea Party that was hosted by Mrs. Sara Coller of Hope In Every Season along with her children.

I enjoyed her ideas and how she kept the tea simple, yet was able to teach a valuable history lesson, and incorporate character discussion at the same time. I asked her to share her post with us and she graciously agreed. Here it is:


One of my favorite things about homeschooling is that we have all the time in the world to do fun things at the drop of a hat.


We're all history buffs around here so I try and find creative ways to fit a history lesson into whatever other things we're working on.  I love to incorporate historical facts with Bible truths for fun devotionals for my kids.


A few days ago, we had a Titanic Tea Party.  I made them an invitation and had them dress up in their fanciest costumes.  They all came upstairs and sat around the tea table and I handed them each a character card. 


 I put a picture of an actual Titanic passenger on one side and a short biography on the other.


Avalon was the nurse and stewardess, Violet Jessop.  Lynzie got her all fixed up in her nurse's apron and cap.  By the way, Avalon will be 4 this Friday, March 1st!

Selah portrayed Mrs. Sylvia Caldwell, a missionary who claimed to have heard a crew member say, "God himself could not sink this ship", upon boarding the Titanic.

Elisha was American businessman, Benjamin Guggenheim.  We all agreed that Guggenheim acted most heroically by refusing to take a place on the ship that could be given to a woman.  He went down bravely and in his best clothing.

Michael was Captain Smith.  While the Captain made some bad choices that might have led to the Titanic's demise, he ultimately did the right thing by staying with his ship and taking responsibility for the disaster.

Cainan thought it was pretty awesome to be John Jacob Astor, the richest man in the world at the time---until he found out that Astor, like the other men at the table, did not survive the sinking.


Lynzie had studied the Titanic's history previously so she was familiar with her favorite character, the "unsinkable" Molly Brown and her bravery in trying to convince those on her lifeboat to go back and look for survivors.  Isn't her dress perfect for the occasion?  We found it at a yard sale last summer---love it!

They took turns "introducing themselves" and then I gave a lesson linking up the prominent passengers' actions or attitudes with Biblical truths.  It was a lot of fun and I think it got them thinking about issues like pride, duty, and priorities.


We used this set of Abingdon china that my mom gave me.  I believe it was put out in the 1960s.  


We love to use it for Lynzie's birthday tea parties, as well as whenever we have special guests.  I figured the Titanic passengers would enjoy a little "Grape Kool-Aid Tea" and banana bread.



It was a great party and a fun learning experience.  See the pretty doily under the bread plate?  Elisha made that for me last weekend.  I love it!




Thank you for sharing  your sweet party with us, Mrs. Coller!
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