This week on Homeword with Jim Burns, I have heard an interview with Ruth Graham (author of Things I Learned from my Mother) focusing on her mother's work in each of their lives. I was heartened to learn that all five of the children of Billy Graham were spirited and headstrong. They argued a good deal. They were a real family with the same problems with which many of us struggle. A few nuggets from the life of Ruth Bell Graham:
- Fear not tomorrow, God is already there.
- Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes (don't look back).
- She prayed for her children with a passion (and still does). One thing that she prayed was that her children wouldn't remember her yelling at them. She did yell. According to her daughter Ruth, they do not remember. This is something that I am going to start doing today.
Another favorite is Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey. He recently had a series looking at Tim Kimmel's book, Why Christian Kids Rebel. I got some great advice about boundaries that I can start implementing now before my kids reach those teen years. Another thing from earlier in April was a three part series looking at Taming the Tongue, specifically on the language that we use and we allow.