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By Lisa Cherry

"'Children Belong to All of Us,' Common Core Promoter Says; Opponents Are 'Tiny Minority' of 'Fringe Voices'."

That was what Paul Reville, an education professor at Harvard and former Massachusetts Secretary of Education, said Friday when talking about the issue of education reform.

 OK. Then I must be one of those "tiny minority of fringe voices!"

 Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies at the gate. Psalm 127: 3-5

How does that statement from scripture line up with what Mr. Reville proclaimed? Clearly, according to God's Holy Word, my children do not belong to the government or even the "community." They belong first and foremost to God and secondly, they belong to me, their parent.

Frontline parents, we need to take notice here. This growing confusion about our children had best cause us to raise up a voice. In other words, if we truly are a "fringe" (which I do not believe) we had better be a noisy fringe!

The Christian Post reported, "His comment [ Mr. Reville] regarding children is similar to a controversial statement by MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry in April. In an ad for MSNBC, she said, 'We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.'"

Christian parents, I encourage you to evaluate this issue. We must be ready to recognize how this thought process is infiltrating our world around us.

First, we must check ourselves. It is so easy to intermingle our thoughts and ideas with the discussions happening all around us. We acknowledge how valuable community—and even church support—is to our families. We are truly grateful for pastors, doctors, teachers, coaches, and even fellow parents who assist us in raising our kids. But that's just it. They assist us. Not the other way around.

Second, we must check the mindsets of our own kids. Are they believing the humanist lie that they belong to the community? If so, prepare for a stormy ride in your parenting as they view you, their parent, as only one voice of many from which to choose.

Third, we must check the policies and viewpoints of the organizations our family interacts with. Look at rules and regulations carefully. Ask questions. Don't allow policies to subtlety shift without voicing your protest. If we keep quiet, who will speak? By the time the Christian attorneys come in to assist us, it may already be too late.

Fourth, we must check the laws of our land. I was shocked when I did this myself. Are most of us even aware of where our rights have been compromised or when someone is acting outside the law? Parentalrights.org will probably shock you as it does me.

And by the way, this is not just a problem in the U.S.  Charisma News reported recently that Scotland is moving toward assigning a social worker to every child.

So where does all this child ownership controversy ultimately rest in the public discussion? Does it fall in the sphere of philosophy or religion or economics or politics or even education?

I think the answer to the above question is yes. It falls in all those spheres but that is not all.

This question—not unlike many others—falls right in the hands of us common moms and dads.

Just watch us parents when someone threatens to take our kids. Just watch how we will not lay down like some sort of tiny fringe people who say, "Oh. OK. You can do what you want with my kids." Just watch us and see if we will not throw our bodies in front of a speeding semi and leap into the two story flames.

Am I right here, fellow fringy weak ones??

Am I right to say we will not be quiet?

Please tell me we still have some roar!

Because if there is one scriptural analogy I feel like I can understand, it would be Proverbs 17:12:

Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.

Sit back and do nothing? Huh uh. Not me. So now you have heard my rant.

God, help us, I pray. We need Your courage and Your wisdom in this hour like never before!

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20 Stitches and 3 Lessons

Lisa Cherry —  February 27, 2014

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By Lisa Cherry

You may have noticed Frontline Moms and Dads has been uncharacteristically quiet the last week. And for a good reason.

A spectacular fall while I was traveling and speaking in Iowa last weekend left me with a head problem: 20 stitches in my forehead and 2 black eyes!

I will spare you the pictures and let your imagination fill in the blanks. (But think raccoon mixed with Frankenstein!)

This unexpected trial tried to put a stop to our ministry last week. But it didn't work.

After a trip to the emergency room and a new hairstyle, Matthew (our 15 year old) and I had a great time with the parents at ATF in Des Moines on Saturday and with a church congregation on Sunday.

Here are my top 3 lessons from this not-so-easy-experience that I thought worthy of putting into print.

1. Take the time to get a flashlight.

I was attempting to navigate a very dark room when I failed to see the piece of equipment on the floor that I tripped over. A few days later, a friend asked me if I knew about the flashlight app on my phone.

Of course, I did. But....I didn't at the time think of it since I was "sure" I could "handle" the problem of poor visibility on my own.....

2. Adrenaline can take you a long way... but it has a crash effect also.

God designed us parents with an amazing ability to handle stressful times. But we must also recognize our need to recharge our batteries after the storm has passed. I have learned the importance of giving yourself a "break" after tough times.

Avoid major decisions. Be easy on yourself. And wait for strength to return!

3. Vanity can still be a snare (even in middle age!)

We never outgrow our desire to "look good." But a little adverse turn to our physical features is a nice check-up for the problem of thinking too much about ourselves. This was the best lesson for me last week.

As I sank my roots deeper into Him, I was reminded of how fleeting external human beauty can be... but of how lovely His beauty inside us can become!!!

Thanks for many of you who prayed for me last week. I received so much love and concern that my heart was encouraged!

Today, I think I am looking much better. With a little make up and my new hairstyle, I am back to being socially acceptable! :)

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Here's another post with tips for trying times:

My Children Are My Hairdressers! 10 Tips for the Temporarily Incapacitated Mom

 

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The Guardrail - Proverbs 19:16

By Lisa Cherry

Wow! This is a great discussion starter!

How can we use this cartoon this week to help our families? It is so simple and yet so direct.

Notice how the issue of "protection" is so disguised to the unsuspecting and uninformed.

Here are some great discussion questions you might try:

1. What causes us to want to climb over the fence of God's commands?

2. Share a time when you climbed over a fence and found out it was a guardrail. (This is a great one for parents to share.)

3. Are most people confused about this issue? How about your friends?

4. Why would God give us commands anyway?

5. What commands has He given us that are important to remember? Can you find some in your Bible?

6. Notice the great trick of this picture. Only seeing half the image left the guy vulnerable. How does the devil use that trickery on us?

I would love to hear how this cartoon worked in your home. Please comment back so we can all share!!

Mike Waters is a Christian cartoonist who lives in Florida.  His insightful cartoons, which are based on Bible verses, have been seen in bulletins, newsletters and websites of churches and Christian groups  all over the world.  The cartoons have also been featured on the Rejoice television program on the TCT network. Look for more of his work at Joyfultoons.com.

 

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By Lisa Cherry

When I saw this article title my jaw dropped:  Why Are So Many Pastors 'Coming Out of the Closet' as Atheists?

But when I read further, I could see more clearly what was going on. This is a case of the devil and his forces capitalizing on those who are weakened.

Frontline Moms and Dads, we need to pray for our pastors. The Invisible Spiritual Culture War is very hard on them and their families! And personal pain in their homes is spilling over to their ability to rightly lead their flock. 

If even the strongest leaders among us are falling into a place of confusion, what about the vulnerability of the youngest and the weakest?

Pastors who deny their faith are of course confusing to their sheep and also dangerous.

Here are 3 quick things we can learn from this sad story:

1. The Devil’s camp is organized.  Sometimes we forget that just like we're working strategies to bring people to Jesus, others are working strategies to lead people to darkness. We best recognize that the enemy has a plan against our  lives—pastors, kids, all of us!

2.  Infused doubt works.  Did God really say…? That was the first great deception in the garden of Eden. Doubt is being flaunted in the airwaves.

3. Wounds are a door to deception.  Family wounds, church conflicts, betrayals, and disappointments… the enemy loves to move our beliefs while we flounder in pain. As parents, we need to recognize our kids’ moments of greatest vulnerability!! I have definitely seen this in our pastors’ home. And I am sobered.

Surely this article gives us great clues as to why only 1% of our kids’ generation has a biblical worldview.  But maybe... we can see our enemy's strategy and gain greater protection.

Protect your kids’ minds with our new book, Not Open: Win the Invisible Spiritual Culture War

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Don’t forget: today—Tuesday, February 18

5:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Not Open Chat/Call

Dial  712-432-1212 and enter the meeting ID: 479-729-692 followed by #

Post questions on our Facebook page: I’m Not Open

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I'm Not Open

By Lisa Cherry

To God be the Glory!  Not Open is an Amazon #1 bestseller.

The message of Not Open is beginning to travel around. Thank you readers for your prayers of support. Together we can make a difference in our kids’ generation.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 18  at 5:30-6:00 p.m. Central time, we will host our first Not Open conference call/chat time. We will take questions and discuss how to live the Not Open message in our homes and communities.

The number to call will be posted tomorrow at ImNotOpen on Facebook.

Then be sure to post questions to our Facebook page for us to discuss.

Have you joined our Not Open Revolution yet? 

Are you following our discussion?? 

Thanks for stepping into the Not Open Remnant with us.