A weekly blog, by author Leslie K. Howard, filled with spiritual, uplifting thoughts to help you get through your week

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Talking To Your Children About Violence In Our Society

Talking 1    Not a week goes by that we don’t hear a story of mass murders in schools, malls, movie theaters and even churches. These places used to be considered “Safe Places” but now it feels like nowhere is safe.

As we watch the news we can’t help but feel anxious about our family’s safety.  What about our children? even the youngest of children can be affected by what’s going on in the big bad world.  It’s our job to calm their fears so they will not be afraid to venture out into society.  Below are a few tips to help you  talk to your children.  I’m sure you can come up with more ideas.

Start A Conversation

Talk to your children about what’s going on in today’s society and in their lives. Take time to listen to how they are feeling. Many times in our conversations we are so busy sharing information and giving warnings that we don’t allow our children to express how they are feeling.  Many times they are afraid and anxious about what’s happening around them. Be open and allow them to express themselves.

Cover Them In Prayer

Let’s be mindful to pray for our children; not only for their physical safety but their Spiritual, Mental and yes Emotional safety. Be purposeful and specific in prayer by covering them in the morning before they leave our homes and at night before they sleep. Pray for children nursery school through college. 

Pray with them too. Invite them to share their fears and needs with Jesus. When they give their worries to Him, they no longer have to carry them around.

Be Aware

Know what your child is doing. What kinds of books, music, movies, TV shows, video games or websites are they exposed to? Who are their friends? Their influences? Is your child a loner? Is your child being bullied?  Could your child be the bully? Get to know their friend’s parents. Are they people who share your values? Do they have guns in the home?

Get Help

Go on line and search out sites such as http://corporateweb.geologics.com/…/Helping_Children_Cope.p… get tips to help you start the conversation. Ask open ended questions. If you need, seek counseling or parenting support groups.   Encourage them to speak to teachers or school counselors.

Be Proactive

Find out what’s your school’s safety plan. If you’re not satisfied, make some noise. Be involved with your PTA and help make a plan. Talk to the principal, Board Of Education, Mayor and other officials.  If you are not satisfied contact your governor and state senator.  If necessary get the media involved.

Don’t Scare Your ChildrenTalking 2

As you speak to them try not to alarm them but be calm and reassure them that the “Boogie Man”  is not hiding under their bed and every person is not out to get them. We need to reminded that our God is a strong tower. We the righteous run to Him and we are saved. Psalm 18:10

Words Of Comfort

Here’s a word of comfort Psalm 138:7 ~Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.

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I Remember Momma

As a very young child I wanted for nothing. Everything was provided by my mother. When mom was pregnant with me, my parents separated  and dad had  little to no dealings with the family. So, mom raised  us as a single mother. She cooked, cleaned, cared for us and held down a job so we wouldn’t be hungry or homeless.  She was indeed an incredible woman.

I remember her voice, her touch, even her smell.  A gifted story-teller, I loved to listen to her.  She had a way with voice inflection that was simply unmatched.  It’s a wonder I’m not a “Goth” seeing she introduced me to Edgar Allen Poe when I was just about four years old.  I remember many nights after her reading to me either from a book or a scary story from her own  imagination, being afraid to go to bed.  She’d let me crawl into bed with her.  I’d snuggle real close. Sleeping with her made me feel so safe.

I remember her straightening my hair on Easter Sunday so I could get all dressed up and go to grandma’s house.  She’d put hair-grease on the back of her hand with a cigarette dangling from her mouth she’d meticulously get every hair on the edge of my head. ( You know in my “Kitchen.” Smile) I’d hold my ears down so as not to get burned by the hot comb.  It was to no avail, because she’d slap my hands away and tell me,”I’m not gonna burn you child.” 

I remember learning to cook under her tutelage. I’m not even half the cook she was. Oh the joy I’d get watching her beat cake batter by hand and laughing as  her hips moved in rhythm.  How I find myself today mimicking those moments as  I whip cake batter or stir up cornbread mix.  

Dancing at my wedding, holding my children for the first time, praying with me, and even on occasion crying with me; all of these memories and many more will have to sustain me until I see her again.  I look at my daughter and granddaughter, and once in a while I’ll see my own reflection in the mirror and I remember Momma.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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