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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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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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Zoo Adam Kyla I goBy Lisa Cherry

 I get such a kick out of reliving some of my kids’ childhoods through the sweet faces of my grandbabies.

Kyla, Kalyn and Adam's little girl, is so much like Kalyn, I find it to be humorous. Spunky, feisty, smart, and opinionated.....I love that little cutie!

 Daddy Adam sent me this text from the zoo.....

 

 At the zoo. Every exhibit she sees, she says, "I go!" and whines that she can't get in with the animals! Here she is begging to go into the bear cage!

 Awwww.

And when Kalyn asks me if she was like this, I just smile and nod. (and chuckle to myself!)

Kalyn Cherry Waller, Waller Family

Losing a baby surely is one of the more difficult experiences of life. As my daughter Kalyn and her husband Adam recently suffered the loss of their preborn baby Kate, our family entered into a journey thru grief (What Esther Kate Taught Her Grammy) that is continuing to draw our hearts closer to the one who is holding our little baby Kate now.

We have been blessed to hear from so many of you as you have prayed and supported us through this season. Today, I am pleased to announce that the Lord is already beginning to use this experience for His own glory. Recently Kalyn began sharing her story, her thoughts and her new experiences with her Heavenly Father on a new blog called Mommy's Heavenly Dream.

Last Friday's post was so helpful for everyone's spiritual walk, I had to share it with you. Wow, our God can take every tragic experience in life and work it together for good!

Perhaps you know someone who is/has suffered a pregnancy loss or is walking through some other sea of grief. This blog could be a real treasure for them. As a mom supporting a grieving family, I am learning so much.

Thanks Kalyn for allowing us to take a peak inside your heart ....... We see the power of Jesus and are so blessed!

The Hands Sustaining Me - The following is an excerpt from my spiritual journal…

March 29, 2013

Waking from a nap with a start, I am disoriented once again, and shaking physically.  I thought from being cold, but probably from the disturbing dreams again. My body feels like lead as I get up and go to pick up Kyla from her crib in the other room.  As I go to feed her lunch my thoughts are interrupted by a word.

Sustain.

It comes to me as my soul feels like it is giving way and my mind is exhausted.

I felt impressed to do a Bible study on the word.  I wanted to find a verse to meditate on where God is described as the sustainer. This is the first one that jumped out: (read the rest HERE)

You can read more about Esther's story

Esther's Story Part One - November 24, 2012 was one of the best days of my life. It was the day we found out we were expecting our second child. Ironically, it was November 24, 2010 we had discovered we were expecting our first daughter, Kyla! We knew this wasn’t coincidence. God was bringing this second child into our family at just the right time and we felt so very blessed. (continue reading. . .)

Kalyn Cherry Waller

By Lisa Cherry

Such was the expressed feeling of two different moms who contacted me in the last 24 hours. Christian moms who have worked very hard to instill a love for Jesus and a biblical worldview in the lives of their sons. Both went to the cost and sacrifice of providing a Christian based education for their children and yet both boys were in trouble and both moms were reaching out for help.

Mom #1

Her son recently shocked her by coming out of the closet with an openly gay lifestyle. As her world was shattered she was struggling to understand how her son, who still professed a love for God and even still acknowledged that his choices were sinful in the eyes of the Father, could continue along his destructive path.

Mom #2

Her son was exhibiting a much more "minor" problem. He was simply accusing his loving Christian parents of being judgmental when they said he could not attend the secular band with the objectionable lyrics concert. "Why, how can anyone know what is in a person's heart?" he queried. "And besides, who are we to know whether someone with some sexual issues would be kept out of heaven by God?"

Folks, these two cases are not at all unusual. I hear piles of similar stories week after week. But be honest. Were you not tempted to react to mom#1 story with a horrified gasp and mom#2 story with a bored yawn?

Today, I am challenging you to notice the connection between the two stories. Deception is working overtime on our kids' minds and souls. This week, I was studying a recent book by George Barna called Futurecast. His survey of our teens and young twenties was staggering. Only 1% of our kids' generation has a biblical worldview. That means they have adopted a basic Christian set of bible doctrines (not postmodern reasoning) as their foundation for decision making.

1%???

With statistics like that, I am certain many of us could find ourselves in the coming days shouting what mom #1 and mom#2 did! "I thought I knew them....but I didn't!"

Are you confident you know what your children are truly absorbing and believing in our postmodern generation gone haywire? Are you engaging them in meaningful and revealing dialogues that would give you a chance to assess their belief systems? Are you praying over their lives for everything that is in the darkness of their hearts, souls, and minds to be brought to the light so that you and The Lord may help them mature their faith choices?

Or are you simply hoping that what you see on the outside is a good enough show to be real?

I am so proud that mom #2 has correctly identified her conversation with her son as a crisis needing her immediate attention. Right now I guarantee that mom #1 would encourage her to seek The Lord for help NOW....not later!

Please, please take this warning seriously. This blog is filled with back issues that can help equip you in assessing your home. Remember when you are parenting your precious teens that they are the same ones you knew as toddlers waiting for you to make sense out of the world for them! Will you ask Him today for the tools that you will need.....and spend the effort and focus it takes to assist your children?