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Information, Inspiration, and Encouragement
Volume II, Number 8
June 10, 2002
We hope that you will enjoy and profit from this
newsletter. You are invited to send us your comments and
suggestions on this and future editions.
May the Lord bless your family for His glory,
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
Table of Contents
How To Make Every Day Father's Day
Summer & Socialization
Flag Day Links
Sunny Side Up
Reprint Policies & Customer Service
Next Issue: Summer Reading and Study, Health
Checkups, Independence Days, Special Needs.
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How To Make Every Day Father's Day
As a mother and wife, there is much you can do to
contribute to the success, fulfillment, and happiness of
your husband every day.
1. Dedicate your own life to God.
"For the love of Christ controls us, . . . that they who
live should not longer live for themselves, but for Him
who died and rose again on their behalf"
II Corinthians 5:14, 15.
* Willingly give up to Him all your desires, hopes,
dreams, and expectations.
* Thankfully accept from Him your biblical roles and
family relationships as well as any limitations and all
circumstances of your life.
* Trust and obey the Lord in all things.
2. Give yourself fully to your husband.
"The heart of her husband trusts in her, . . . She does him
good and not evil all the days of her life" Proverbs 31:11, 12.
* Love him unselfishly and unconditionally.
* Listen to him attentively when he speaks, dropping
what you are doing if possible, and establishing eye
contact. Try to understand his unspoken desires and check
your understanding with gentle questions.
* Do your best to carry out his wishes faithfully in
* Meet his needs for food, clothing, intimacy,
companionship, and spiritual fellowship without waiting to
* Speak the truth in love. Express your true thoughts
and feelings as well as personal or family needs with
humility and kindness, rather than suppressing them in
3. Train your children to honor their father.
"And let the wife see to it that she respect her husband;"
"Honor your father and mother" Ephesians 5:33; 6:2.
* Speak of him respectfully and lovingly and require
your children to do so as well.
* Represent him and his decisions in the best light.
* Teach your children that God leads the whole family
through Father, so they can accept his direction, rules, and
discipline as from the Lord.
4. Maintain order in the home.
"She looks well to the ways of her household"
* Organize and arrange the house, furnishings,
schedule, meals, and chores so that your home life is
convenient and comfortable for Dad when he is there.
* Supervise and discipline the children so that peace
and quiet are the norm.
5. Help your husband and children stay close.
"And he will restore the hearts of the fathers to their
children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers"
* Keep Dad informed of your children's progress in all
areas as well as any needs you observe.
* Encourage your children to go to Dad for comfort and
to share with him their joys.
* Teach your children how to make a respectful appeal
to their father when they want or need material things,
privileges, or changes to rules or decisions.
6. Support your husband's spiritual life and leadership.
"Encourage one another day after day" Hebrews 3:13.
* Preserve the times that are most convenient for him
to lead daily Bible reading or family devotions, and prayer
alone with you. Make sure you and your children are ready
and present on time every day, whether or not he is.
* Prepare for church (baths, clothes, meals, etc.) the
day before and get everyone to bed and up again early so
that peace instead of clamor characterizes your Sundays.
* Be ready and willing to offer hospitality to like
minded Christians for spiritual fellowship and mutual
* If your husband does not choose to participate in
these things, be careful not to push or offend him, but
continue them faithfully with his permission and make him
feel welcome to join you and/or take leadership whenever he
7. Pray for your husband.
"With all prayer and petition pray at all times"
* Pray for him alone, with your children, and when the
whole family is together.
* Ask that God bless him, lead him, strengthen him, and
comfort him. (Do not use your prayer as a chance to preach
at him about what he should do.)
8. Apologize for your sins and shortcomings.
"Do not let the sun go down on your anger" Ephesians 4:26
* Be quick to repent and confess when you have sinned
against your husband (e.g., anger, disrespect, negligence).
* Express sorrow and humility even if your fault seems
* Ask him to forgive you and to tell you if he sees you
going in that direction again.
* Freely admit you could be wrong when he disagrees
with you or remembers things differently.
9. Have a forgiving spirit when your husband
is not at his best.
"A gentle answer turns away wrath" Proverbs 15:1.
* Be understanding of his stress and frustration; try
to alleviate these if you can.
* Give your hurt feelings to God; reject the temptation
to be bitter.
* Answer softly and slowly; respond with genuine
kindness to his anger.
* Take his concerns seriously and act on them.
10. Fill your husband's life with pleasant surprises.
"It is more blessed to give than to receive" Acts 20:35.
* Write out loving and appreciative notes or
encouraging (not rebuking) Scriptures and place them in
lunches, on his mirror or pillow, in his pocket or wallet.
* Make his favorite meals or desserts often.
* Give him a foot or back massage when he is tired or
* Offer to do small errands for him, in or out of the
* Watch for and buy small gifts he would appreciate
throughout the year, not just for his birthday or Father's
* Read and pass on to him articles or books in his
areas of interest.
* Encourage your children to write thank you notes,
draw pictures, and make gifts for Daddy.
* Make Dad's homecomings welcoming. Smile!
11. Express appreciation for your husband.
"So then let us pursue . . .the building up of one another"
* Say thank you often for big things like working to
support the family and for little things like taking out the
* Tell him what you like about him; find the positive
aspects of all his characteristics.
* Thank God for him and praise him to your children and
by Cindy Short, co-editor of The Teaching Home magazine
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Summer & Socialization
Will this summer's "socialization" reinforce or undo
last year's character training? Here is one family's
We have pondered the question of socialization. How
much "socialization" should we allow, knowing I Corinthians
15:33, "Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good
character," and Proverbs 13:20, "He who walks with the wise
grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm."
I don't want any harm to come to my children, nor do
I wish to watch negative social pressures at work in our own
Our solution has been to limit our children's exposure
to other children and to closely supervise their playtime.
In this way, I can guide the play, correct attitudes as they
arise, and maintain the standards of our family.
Interestingly, the rules at our house have piqued the
curiosity of more than one parent and opened doors to share
what God's Word says about children and their training.
Many parents have been influenced by the popular
psychology of the day, and by contrast, what the Bible says
is new and refreshing. Better than that: it works!
We also enjoy inviting other families over for dinner
and games or supervised play for the children while the
This is how we handle those relationships with others
who have different values and standards. Happily, at least
two of those families are now Christians!
You can be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16) in your
very own neighborhood. Strive to reach God's standards in
your life and in your home, plant the seeds of God's Word,
and pray for the harvest. -- Melody G., Texas
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June/July '93: Social Development (12 pages)
Summer 2000: Character & Social Development (12 pages)
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United States Flag Day: June 14
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1. Who really designed our first flag?
2. What do the colors and gold fringe on the Flag mean?
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5. What year was the phrase "under God" added to our Pledge
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"In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence
of religious faith in America's heritage and future;
in this way we shall constantly strengthen those
spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's
most powerful resource in peace and war."
6. Why was Francis Scott Key on a British ship on September
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7. Do you know proper Flag Etiquette?
8. Which star represents your state?
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Sunny Side Up
My husband willingly helps at night by getting our
3-year-old son ready for bed. The other night the two of
them were playing, and my husband hadn't noticed the time.
By way of a hint to his father, I said, "Ethan, I think
it's time for you to get ready for bed."
Hearing this, his dad said to him, "I think she's
really talking to me."
Ethan thought a moment and then offered a sympathetic,
"Oh, I guess you have to go to bed too."
D.P., Alberta, Canada
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