Today my daughter had her freshman orientation at our alma mater. The place is different today, but the old High School Halls are still full of notes of nostalgia.
Hitting All the Right Notes
Walking through those High School Halls, I pointed out where my locker was. I showed my daughter where my favorite classes and teachers were. We passed through what used to be our cafeteria, which is now called the Commons. I popped into the boys restroom by the old band room, and while that sounds unimportant, it was once a favorite spot! No, smoking nevered happened in there, at least not on my watch. It was singing. My best buds and I used to sing acapella in that bathroom because the acoustics were phenomenal. Around every corner of those halls… a memory… even with the many cosmetic changes.
I’m old-fashioned. I like the idea of courtship, even with a modern twist or two, but something happened recently that made me think, “Forget courtship. Young people don’t even know how to date anymore!”
So what was it?
A teenage girl I know very well received a text from a boy the same age. It was the first time the boy ever contacted her. He asked her to be his girlfriend. Let’s break that down a bit…
- It was the first contact.
- He asked her to be his girlfriend.
- He did it via text. Let me repeat that one. He did it via text.
Lest you think I am too hard on the boy, I assure you I’m not. He gets a pass for two reasons. First, he’s a young man and likely prone to boneheaded decisions. Second, his actions are a function of the culture around him and how they do things today. That said, it caused me to reflect on how I can prepare my children appropriately.
Perhaps you’re a new mother.
Maybe you’ve already got kids who are several years old or older.
Chances are you’ve wondered, “What’s the best way to teach children to pray?”
Let’s face it, we all have our own struggles with prayer. Some of us are fortunate enough to have discovered the best way or ways for ourselves to commune with God. The rest of us are still searching. There’s just so much to choose from with regard to prayer forms, it can leave us wondering where to begin, both for ourselves and for our kids.
In this post, I’m going to share what works for our family of seven, why I believe it’s a good and sustainable practice in general, and therefore, why it can be worth your while too.