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By Lisa Cherry

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Okay, this is an outlandish story.

Our son Lucas recently moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma to begin working on a Master’s degree at Oral Roberts University.

At their opening chapel service a couple weeks ago, the school administration planned a special appearance. Since the school's mascot is the golden eagle, They hired a man to bring an eagle to the service.

We happened to be all standing around in the kitchen when a text from Lucas came in.

"Hey, family, look at this!"

 We clicked on his little video clip but it was pretty difficult to see. So we texted him back.

"Lucas, what is this? An eagle?  …an angel? HA HA!"

So he texted back that he would post a better copy for us on YouTube.

Then we could see what had happened.  The eagle, in the midst of shouts from the crowd, began flying around the auditorium, but unfortunately got confused and hit a window. The audience reacted in shock. (If you cannot see the video, click here.)

It was an interesting little 14-second video. Fortunately, the eagle was fine. In fact he was out flying at sporting events again the next day.

But that's when the craziness started to happen. Apparently some local news people picked up his YouTube posts. Since he rarely looked at his YouTube account, it took a couple days to notice that somehow he had about 15,000 views.

He was immediately concerned that the university might not like the publicity so he put in an emergency call to the public relations people. They did not seem concerned and recommended he leave the video alone.

The next week it got even crazier. Yahoo! News picked it up. ABC News interviewed him and reported on it.    Good Morning America also played it and then called him for an interview. And local and national news services all over the world began replaying the video. For a while there, he was watching the video play 1000 views per minute!

Our family got a personal revelation of the concept of "going viral."

Although the new stations were quick to clarify the fact that this was a trained bird that had been rescued from injury and unable to live in the wild, the comments on his YouTube channel were horrifying.

You could imagine the animal-rights people would've been upset. I guess you can't blame that since the poor bird hit the window.

But I was totally shocked at the Christian-bashing venom that poured forth from many of the responders. Unbelievable. I am deeply concerned about that.

Nobody seemed to stop and think that the week before the bird was frequently seen at sporting events. Nobody seemed to stop and think that this was an accident. It became an arena for pouring out hate and anger toward Christians.

Folks, what does this mean? What is brewing under the surface in our nation?

Are we quickly becoming the "enemy?" Guess this is what can happen when you put yourself on the front line.

Note:  Here’s a video that shows a bit more of the chapel service.  And here’s a short video of the eagle and his trainer, who explains that Lewis suffered no ill effects from the incident. 

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Lilly Ryan Kyla praying IMG_1304By Lisa Cherry

In 29 years of parenting experience, I know what it means to be tempted to give up.

Sometimes when we work and work to instill the ways of Christ in our kids and we keep suffering setbacks, we might be tempted to give up...or give in....or compromise our own beliefs or standards.

But before you do, I encourage you look carefully at the picture at the top of this post.

Grand kids.

On the other side of your parenting work...(or lack of work) ..will be your own grandbabies!!!

How is that for a sobering reality check?

When my son in law Adam sent me this picture, I gasped to myself.

Do you know how grateful I am to the Lord that we did not give up when we nearly lost our daughter Kalyn to a messy teen disaster of rebellion and pain?

Do you know how glad I am that we weathered some dandy criticism of our parenting of Nathan, our first born, by those who thought our Christian standards were too "difficult?"

Do you know how thankful I am that even today when my house full of teens demanded so much of my leadership attention that I was tempted to get weary in well doing and give in...but I didn't?

Why? Because the baton pass to the next generation is what it is all about!!

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So maybe you are many years away from a cute little table circled with all your grandbabies praying, but believe me, the day will be here sooner than you can even believe!

And you will never regret that you took the effort and priority to disciple their mama or daddy in the things of the Lord.

I promise!   :)

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Have you got a messy teen disaster in your home too?  It may be a spiritual attack. 

I'll tell you how we fought back in my book, Unmask the Predators.

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Lucas packing car to go to Tulsa 2By Lisa Cherry

Tonight will be my son Lucas' last night to sleep in our home as a resident of our household. He graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in May. Now, it is time for him to launch.

Wow, where have the years gone?! It seems just yesterday I was rocking him in my arms and pulling him out of mud puddles.

The past few weeks, I have been wondering how I would feel this day as I see the trailer packed for his cross country move to Tulsa, Oklahoma. And now I know. I am sad, yet excited. Mourning, yet content.

How much more could I possibly ask for from my Heavenly Father? I have had the privilege of watching my son grow into a mighty man of God.

Lucas, since I know you will be reading this, I will personally address these comments to you......

Lucas and Lisa 1045117_10151694182534449_1474497637_nSon, thank you for 22 years of joy. I loved every moment of sharing life with you in our home. You were the first to provide me with baby curls. And you were the first to chase after a baby calf at a rodeo. You never let us have a dull moment as you filled our home with laughter and song. (Well, laughter anyway!  :) )

Thanks for walking in incredible honor and obedience toward your mom and dad. Thanks for raising the bar of integrity to your generation as you have stood out from the pack in testimony to your Lord and King.

I could not be prouder of you. You have exceeded my dreams for your launch.  Back all those years ago your dad and I agreed on our highest goal for this day: that you would know how to hear the voice of God and have the desire and power to obey Him. I believe you have that, son. And so I am ready.

Fly straight. Fly far. And know your mom will always be your greatest fan.

I love you.....and the porch light will always be on for you (even as your brothers have already claimed your bedroom.)

I love you more than you will ever know.

Mom

 

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Tough Times with Kids

Lisa Cherry —  June 24, 2013

Nathan wheelchair (3)By Lisa Cherry

I am in the car today driving to Mayo Clinic up in Minnesota.

Not how I planned this beautiful day in June, but I am grateful to be here.

Our oldest son Nathan has been suffering from a mystery illness since April and it is past time for some answers. The picture of him in the wheelchair at Disney World on our annual family vacation a couple weeks ago needs to be retired into the archives!

Tough times. It seems in this life none of us are exempt from them.

And when they happen to your kids, they are especially difficult.

Even when your son is 28, married and has three young children of his own, the parent heart is still the same. We want the pain to stop!

How we walk through tough seasons depends so much on us though, does it not?

Through this family trial, I have been drawn back once again to the foundations of my relationship with the Lord.

He is here…walking with us, leading us through this valley to the other side.

I can either rest in that and walk without fear, or look at my circumstances—my current Goliath—and fall into torment. I have come to learn that the choice is mine.

What about you today? Are you walking in His place of trust?

The longer I parent my children, the more I realize I cannot bear their pains for them. That can seem like a helpless position until I realize they each do have a great heavenly Dad who can bear their pain! So the best help I can probably ever be to my kids is to demonstrate a life of confident trust.

So here I sit in my car......enjoying the scenery on a road I never really hope to travel again, singing a little song in my heart KNOWING my God has my son's case well in hand.

(But hey, I sure would appreciate your prayers of agreement also!)

Blessings,

Lisa

hannah pic for persecutionBy Lisa Cherry

Standing against the cultural flood is very hard for our kids! I was proud of Hannah and her hard fought battle to turn in a satisfactory argumentative English paper. Arguing that the children's book King and King should be banned from primary classrooms was a tough project when the teacher greatly disagreed with her stance.  

But Hannah had done all she had known to do. Grown the paper to fourteen research citations instead of the required five, added two extra pages of argumentation, and altered her wording to sound professional and unbiased. The only thing left was the final grade.

Did Hannah's paper alter her teacher's views that the book should be read to 5-8 year olds? Apparently not, as the final comments indicated. However, her work was not in vain. She learned a lot about strengthening her argumentation skills as well as how to stand up to

opposition pressure.

Please note Hannah was not able to use God or His word in this argument. Her three persuasive points were:

The book King and King should be banned from the public school classroom because:

  1.  It causes gender confusion
  2. It leads to homosexual experimentation
  3. It undermines parental rights

I have included below two excerpts from the paper. It seems this teacher was very concerned about Hannah's reasoning to the point of accusing her of quoting out of context, which she didn't.

In this culture, we will need to be able to counter the faulty reasonings of this paper. Are you ready? Have you and your family taken time to look at this issue of homosexuality from a Biblical point of view? Click here for a parent/child interactive book.

Her final grade???    93%!

Her final grade of courage and faith:   A also!

I was pleased about the way Hannah's grade worked out, though I realize not every situation like this works out this well. What I am most grateful for is that Hannah did not cave into the pressure to change her view.  She held her ground and stayed true to her convictions.

Here are two sample sections of Hannah's paper. You will note the teacher's comments in brackets. Below each section are the responses I would make to the reasoning. Hannah and I hope sharing this will help all of us to think about these important issues more!!!

 First excerpt:

In the book King and King, it depicts a picture of the two princes kissing.  [Misplaced modifier.] If by seeing and reading books children learn, then by seeing this picture in a positive light, children learn that it is positive. “…If a book is intended to serve an educational function, such as teaching children something new about the real world or having children use their real world knowledge to identify a picture in a book, then the nature of the pictures in the book should receive careful consideration. This is especially important, given the prevalence of cartoon books for very young children, even for books apparently designed to promote learning about the real world” (Ganea). Therefore, learning does not come just from the text in the book, but the pictures as well. Reading, hearing, and seeing books affect children’s development and learning, and must be done with great attention. [So?]

 This book can be viewed as a form of early sex-education, as it is introducing homosexual marriage to children who may or may not have seen it before. [Actually, it is more like introducing them to interacial marriage.]  Loosely defined, sex education is “the study of the characteristics of beings; a male and female”(qtd. In De La Mare). Therefore, any topic that falls under this guide can be considered sex education. [Kind of a stretch isn’t it?] However, this type of “education” differs from the teaching of reading or history because, according to writer of Brigham Young University Law Journal, Dean Byrd, “A strong case can be made that sexuality education is not simply limited to the transfer of information to children but extends to other areas of development such as social/emotional and moral development”(Byrd). Sex education differs from other education is this manner and therefore should be approached with caution and attention.  [The book does not teach about sex or include any sexual content.]

            For years[,] arguments have ensued over the sensibility of sex education in general and to young children specifically. Dean Byrd says, “According to science, we make discoveries through the building and testing of hypotheses with a concerted effort to be unbiased”(Byrd). If this is true, and discoveries are made through testing, than [then] children who are introduced to homosexual relationships will have more of a desire to “test” them. [This doesn’t make sense. I think the quote is taken out of context.]  Unlike many other basic learning tests, this one can have serious ramifications on young lives.

My thoughts on the teacher's points in the first excerpt:

1. Is she seriously saying homosexual marriage is like interracial marriage? This is what our culture is buying now!!

2. Kissing is called foreplay in sex ed books. Fore to sex. To say kissing and marriage are not sex ed!!!! Oh My!

3. The quote on testing behaviors was not out of context. Interesting that someone well-versed in scientific reasoning did not recognize or understand this argument. Why??

  Second excerpt:

The American society has been based on the family since its founding. Traditionally a family has been defined as a father, mother, and children.  Today, the U.S. Census Bureau still defines a family as "…two or more people (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption residing in the same housing unit.” (United States). Through the book King and King, the public school is teaching a concept of gay marriage that is still illegal in forty-two states (March 2013). A scene of someone smoking a cigarette, which is a legal act, in a children’s movie is highly discouraged; yet, this book is promoting an act that is most likely illegal in a specific child’s state and therefore not appropriate for a public funded school to recommend. [But we have history books filled with details about horrible atrocities.] Law abiding citizenship has always been the foundation of proper child education, and should continue to be so. [No comma here. So those who taught that slavery was wrong should have been censored?]

In the past, the public school systems were charged with specifically teaching children school related activities and other moral and value teachings were left to the parent. Through the book, King and King, being read in the classroom, the school has taken over more responsibilities from the parent, attempting to shape them in controversial topics which are still being debated by the adults. It is undermining parental rights by teaching concepts that are too difficult for children to understand, likely illegal in their state, and often unapproved by parents. [I think you are underestimating children.] If this book is read in the classroom to children, then it will undermine parent’s authority by stepping over the boundary of specific moral teaching.

 My thoughts on the teacher's points in the second excerpt:

1. History books calls wrong things atrocities and do not recommend them. How did the teacher fail to acknowledge the book King and King was not calling it wrong....but right! So her own logic fails!

2. Underestimating 5-8 year olds???? Do we think they are not impressionable anymore?!!

 

You can find the other parts of this series here:

What to Do if Your Christian Child is Persecuted Part 1

What Would You Have Done? Part 2: What to do if Your Christian Child is Persecuted

How Much Should we Intervene? Part 3: What to Do If Your Christian Child is Persecuted

Would My Response Backfire? Part 4: What to Do if Your Christian Child is Persecuted

What’s the Worst that Could Happen? Part 5: What To Do if Your Christian Child is Persecuted