Archives For September 2015

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"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," Michelle Carter allegedly texted to Conrad Roy III.

It was the day he parked his truck outside a Fairhaven, Massachusetts Kmart and killed himself through carbon monoxide poisoning.

Those were words from a 17-year-old girl friend to an 18-year-old boyfriend!! What a terrible tragedy.

What can we as parents learn from this?

Something we already knew:

The power of words to influence…

…and the power of a wrong association.

As our kids are beginning this new school year and encountering new relationships, it is critical that we mentor them to wisely choose their associates and guard their hearts from deceptive and evil words.

Many questions remain in this particular case. But one thing is very clear. This young man should have walked away from this girl.

I have 2 tools to offer you today as we pray for all those involved in this case:

  1. Here are some great scriptures to use as you sit down and talk about this story with your own kids. 

Proverbs 7:6-27

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20

A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26

Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."   1 Corinthians 15:33

 

  1. Here are four of our posts on suicide:

Is Suicide the Parent’s Fault?

A Death Discussion with Your Kids

A Death Discussion with Your Kids, part 2

Suicide: Are We Missing the Point?

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Warning: this post contains a link to a sex education article meant for Parent eyes only.

As we launch into a new school year, now is the time to update our own sex education plans for our children. But what if someone other than ourselves already has a plan on their behalf?

While the whole nation has been talking about Planned Parenthood's barbaric and immoral and illegal abortion practices, perhaps the other side to their shady existence is being hidden or ignored.

According to their own website, “Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of comprehensive sex education in our communities.”

When I read Planned Parenthood’s ‘Sexual Rights’ For Children excerpting from their own sex education manual, I was completely stunned. If you are a parent please take a moment and click on the link. Here are two quotes that I knew I needed to read:

“It is important for all young people around the world to be able to explore, experience and express their sexualities in healthy, positive, pleasurable and safe ways. This can only happen when young people’s sexual rights are guaranteed.”

“There is a common assumption that young people are incapable of making decisions for themselves, so parents or other adults should have full authority over decisions related to their sexuality. Resistance to recognize young people’s sexuality and their decision-making abilities makes the realization of young people’s sexual rights all the more challenging…In all situations, the evolving capacities of young people to autonomously exercise their rights must be recognized.”

Maybe you're immediately saying to yourself… "This doesn't affect me because my children are not in public school. Or "this doesn't affect me because we already made sure that Planned Parenthood is not doing our sex education." To which I would say great! But perhaps we had better understand that other children our own kids play with, read about, or watch on TV have been indoctrinated by this powerful education source!

In other words… If there is one "common core sex education manual" in America surely this would be it. They are that powerful.

So what do we do as parents?

Each of us must make his/her own decision but I am suggesting that you inform your children about what Planned Parenthood does in their programs. You do not need to give them graphic details that are not appropriate, but letting them know the values and some of these direct quotes could be critical and equipping them to stand firm in the midst of confusing morals hitting their own Temptation button. Unfortunately, the sexual mores of a high percentage of Americans have been fashioned by Planned Parenthood’s godless, corrupt agenda.

Parents and grandparents, we need to pray. We also need to support efforts to defund Planned Parenthood as courageous lawmakers pursue that action later this month. At stake here are not only the precious lives of the unborn, but also the souls and mental health of children.

 

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