Today’s Table Talk is by our friend Ruth Meek who does such a terrific job helping us get our eyes focused on what’s important as we barrel toward what can be the Christmas crazies. So… take a deep breath, enjoy for a few days more the thankfulness we celebrated yesterday and lets prepare our minds and hearts together as we enter the season of celebrating others. Thanks, Ruth for sharing your wisdom… and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay Advent means “coming.” The Advent Season, those four weeks prior to Christmas, offer us an opportunity to slow down and ponder the immensity of the Incarnation. Jesus, the Son of God, taking on human form and humbling himself, left the splendor of the ivory palaces in Heaven to come to sinful earth. Jesus the Word, who was with God and was God, became flesh so
Dear Parents, While we welcome the relaxing dog days of summer, we must not relax in paying attention to our children’s leisure activities – especially those involving a screen. Enclosed is an article full of up-to-date information on safer surfing. I believe you will find it helpful in encouraging your children to be innocent of evil. (Article by Ben Smith used with permission of Aim for Success, an organization promoting sexual abstinence amongst teenagers. Mr. Smith’s comments are not an endorsement of any product or service.) Enjoy, Ruth Cell Phones, Grass Stains and Pocket Protectors By Ben Smith, Program Director, Aim for Success Newsletter, May 2011 Whatever happened to the days when a parent’s biggest worries were grass stains on the new jeans? As our children grow older, those worries grow.
Today’s Table Talk is by our friend Ruth Meek, the manners maven. I asked her to consider for a moment our pertinent issue of group dating/girls leading relationships. Here are her thoughts. Thanks Ruth … and Thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay Many parents of adolescents are frustrated with the new cultural norm of group dating. They observe with angst their daughters run with the social reigns and their sons relax and let them. This aggression in the girls and passivity in the boys is an issue modern Christian families should lean against. Long held Biblical beliefs about the role of the husband are severely challenged today. Ideas such as: the husband has spiritual authority over his wife and is the head of household (anything with two heads is a monster), and that the husband is the primary protector/provider
Today’s Table Talk is by our friend and resident manner expert, Ruth Meek. She always manages to not only provide terrific advice on the disappearing art of social graces, but also to add a power punch on the “why”. I hope you enjoy her guest blog today. Also, remember that Ruth is always available if you want to shoot her a question. She’s one of our wonderful Ironing Board advisers. Thanks, Ruth. … and thanks for walking the road with me. “Touchstone Magazine” carried an article in February of 2010, Wisdom from the Table, by Patrick Henry Reardon. In a scholarly way Reardon describes what every mother already knows: Far more is dispensed at the family dinner table than food. Mr. Reardon thinks that the quest for wisdom commences as one learns how to eat. His thesis states: