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This past year 2.7 million young people graduated from High School and most of them were launched into their adult life of college and their following career.

They graduated because they finished a set of scholastic requirements. But for those in Christian homes, did they pass the spiritual requirements for graduation from home?

The Oxford American Dictionary defines the word graduate as “the successful completion of a recognized course”. And graduation as the “ceremony for a successful completion of a recognized course or a mark of measurement”.

Of course we graduate because there is a set of requirements that have been laid down by others for the courses needed to finish what we call High School. This is just another step that started in Preschool, then Elementary School, Grade School, Middle School, then High School, and leading toward Vocational School, Junior College, University, Graduate School, and finally Post-Graduate School. Right?

Here is the current Oklahoma Requirements for High School Graduation By the State Board of Education Regulations, for students who will graduate from high school in the 2000-2001 school year.

2 Science

2 Social Studies (Includes American History and Oklahoma History)

2 The Arts (Includes Visual Art and General Music)

8 Electives

21 Total

4 Language Arts: 1 Grammar and Composition, and 3 which may include, but are not limited to, the following courses: American Literature, English Literature, World Literature, Advanced English Courses, or other English courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above grammar and composition.
3 Mathematics: 1 Algebra I or Algebra I taught in a contextual methodology, and 2 which may include, but are not limited to the following courses: Algebra II, Geometry or Geometry taught in a contextual methodology, Trigonometry, Math Analysis or Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics and/or Probability, Computer Science, or other mathematics courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above Algebra I.
2 Science: 1 Biology I or Biology I taught in a contextual methodology, and1 in the areas of life, physical, or earth science or technology which may include, but are not limited to the following courses: Chemistry I, Physics, Biology II, Chemistry II, Physical Science, Earth Science, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Astronomy, Applied Physics, Principles of Technology, qualified agricultural education courses (including but not limited to Horticulture, Plant and Soil Science, Natural Resources and Environmental Science, and Animal Science), or other science courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above Biology I.
3 Social Studies: 1 United States History, 1/2 to 1 United States Government, 1/2 Oklahoma History, and 1/2 to 1 which may include, but are not limited to the following courses: World History, Geography, Economics, Anthropology, or other social studies courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above United States History, United States Government, and Oklahoma History.
2 The Arts: 2 which may include, but are not limited to, courses in Visual Arts and General Music.
8 Electives
21 Total

To meet graduation requirements, local school district options may include, but shall not be limited to, courses taken by concurrent enrollment, advanced placement, or correspondence, or courses bearing different titles. School districts shall strongly encourage students to complete two units or sets of competencies of foreign languages as part of the core curriculum for high school graduation. Local school district requirements may exceed state graduation requirements.

 

Credit may be granted for Applied Biology/Chemistry, Physics, Principles of Technology, and Applied Mathematics I and II and Computer Science whether taught at the comprehensive high school or a Career and Technology Education center. • Students may be eligible for the Oklahoma Tuition Scholarship Program.

 

Carnegie Unit of credit is given for the successful completion of a course that meets 40 minutes a day, five days per week, for at least 36 weeks, or the equivalent of 120 clock hours within the school year.

Sets of competencies are the skills and competencies specified in the Priority Academic Student Skills, or other skills and competencies adopted by the State Board of Education. Rigor means a level of difficulty that is appropriate for the grade level and that meets state and national standards. Contextual methodology means academic content and skills taught by utilizing real-world problems and projects in such a way that helps students understand the application of knowledge.

But have you been careful to check and fulfill all the requirements God has for you to graduate to the next level in your lives?

Here are the unchanging Requirements by your Heavenly Father for High School Graduation, By the Heavenly Board of Education Regulations, recorded forever in His Word, for students who will graduate from high school in the 2000-2001 school year. graduation RESOLUTIONS IN HONOR OF the school of MOM AND DAD in your home!

  1. GROWINGness:Deuteronomy 4:29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.  Isaiah 64:7 And there is no one who calls on Your name, Who stirs himself up to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us, And have consumed us because of our iniquities. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.  SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to enter into family devotions and treat Bible reading and prayer with respect and do my part to help others in the family enjoy God’s Word: When I don’t feel spiritually strong, I will pray about this as a personal need rather than pouring my spiritual problems on others as a glass of cold water. I will remember that confessed weakness knits hearts together
  2. TRUSTWORTHiness:Psalm 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; Matthew 5:37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.  SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to come home at the time we agreed on. If something happens to stop me, I learned I should call and explain and ask your guidance.
  3. SUBMISSIVEness: Psalm 32:8-9I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.  What should we be learning while at home? SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to obey their instructions and do what I know they expect of me, even when it is not mentioned[1][1]. This helped me to not force you into repeated reminders, which I sometimes call nagging.
  4. HAPPiness:Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart does well like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick. Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.  SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to laugh with the family and not at the family I will especially laugh when my little brother or sister tells a simple joke with expectant excitement.
  5. PEACEMAKing:Isaiah 32:17 The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to not stonewall you and give you the silent treatment, which I dislike when my friends do it to me. Instead, if I am discouraged and want to be left alone, I will say; “I’m sorry; I don’t feel like talking now: Can we talk later? I’m not mad. I just need to be alone.
  6. spiritual ROOTEDness:Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.  Jeremiah 17:5-8 Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.  SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to read my Bible and pray every day; even if it is only a verse and a brief call for help. I learned that teens couldn’t live by bread alone but only by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.
  7. GRACIOUSness:Matthew 25:44-45 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS:While I lived at home I learned to greet our guests with courtesy and respect and try to make them glad they came.
  • LOVING: Romans 12:9ff  (Message) Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality. Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to call you by affectionate family titles like “Mom,” or “Dad.” I won’t let other kids pressure me into calling you nothing or calling you something disrespectful as though true affection were embarrassing or childish.
  1. KINDness:Romans 12:17-19 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to not return evil for evil or try to justify my meanness because somebody treated me meanly first.
  2. TRUTHFULness:Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.     SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to always tell the truth so that you can trust me and give me more and more freedom, as I get older.
  3. tongue GUARDing:Philippians 2:14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to not grumble or complain when I participate in my share of the duties because I will remind myself of what a great thing it is to have a family a home, clothes, food, running water, electric lights, and central heating in a world where millions of teenagers have none of these.
  4. saltiness:Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to give two compliments for every criticism. And every criticism was aimed to help someone improve, not just belittle or cut them down.
  5. foreverness:1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?  SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned that I should pray for you as long as I live, that we will be united in faith and love, not only now in this world, but also for all of eternity in the kingdom of God.
  6. THANKFULness:1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS:While living with my parents at home I need to learn to say thank you daily, again and again, for the ordinary things you do for me. I will not take them for granted as though you were my slave.
  7. HUMility:James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to respond when I do something wrong and let you down. My response should be to apologize sincerely with words that you can hear. Something like, “Mom, I’m sorry I didn’t pick up the pile of clothes.”
  8. servantheartedness:1 Peter 2:21-24 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22 “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; 23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to stop when I think your demands are unfair, and choose to move forward to do them first, and after showing an obedient attitude, I will ask if we can talk. Then I will explain my side and try to understand yours.
  9. transparency:1 John 1:7-8 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to express my feelings. Both the positive ones (like happiness, pity; excitement, and sympathy) and the negative ones (like anger, fear, loneliness, and discouragement). This is because I have learned that unshared feelings lead to estrangement, coldness, and even more loneliness and discouragement.

What should we do if things are right on target? Thank the Lord and watch out, our Adversary doesn’t want us to launch them as godly men and women.

What if things aren’t well? Start anew and afresh today. The victorious Christian life is nothing less than a series of new beginnings. Let the Lord renew and refresh you as you humbling start where ever you are.

What is the best place to go? Start by leading your homes to Jesus in the reading of God’s Word regularly as a family. For some great tips, encouragements and ideas look at our Growing Dads God’s Way site at: http://new.discoverthebook.org/

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Parents, have you checked your spiritual transcript for those precious children housed in your home? Are they getting closer to fulfilling the requirements for graduating from your home in a condition of preparedness that honors God? This study is a brief exhortation to checking and tuning up our home preparations for graduating the greatest earthly treasures we will ever be given – our children.

This past year 2.7 million young people graduated from High School and most of them were launched into their adult life of college and their following career.

They graduated because they finished a set of scholastic requirements. But for those in Christian homes, did they pass the spiritual requirements for graduation from home?

The Oxford American Dictionary defines the word graduate as “the successful completion of a recognized course”. And graduation as the “ceremony for a successful completion of a recognized course or a mark of measurement”.

Of course we graduate because there is a set of requirements that have been laid down by others for the courses needed to finish what we call High School. This is just another step that started in Preschool, then Elementary School, Grade School, Middle School, then High School, and leading toward Vocational School, Junior College, University, Graduate School, and finally Post-Graduate School. Right?

Article II.    Here is the current Oklahoma Requirements for High School Graduation By the State Board of Education Regulations, for students who will graduate from high school in the 2000-2001 school year.

2 Science

2 Social Studies (Includes American History and Oklahoma History)

2 The Arts (Includes Visual Art and General Music)

8 Electives

21 Total

4 Language Arts: 1 Grammar and Composition, and 3 which may include, but are not limited to, the following courses: American Literature, English Literature, World Literature, Advanced English Courses, or other English courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above grammar and composition.
3 Mathematics: 1 Algebra I or Algebra I taught in a contextual methodology, and 2 which may include, but are not limited to the following courses: Algebra II, Geometry or Geometry taught in a contextual methodology, Trigonometry, Math Analysis or Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics and/or Probability, Computer Science, or other mathematics courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above Algebra I.
2 Science: 1 Biology I or Biology I taught in a contextual methodology, and1 in the areas of life, physical, or earth science or technology which may include, but are not limited to the following courses: Chemistry I, Physics, Biology II, Chemistry II, Physical Science, Earth Science, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Astronomy, Applied Physics, Principles of Technology, qualified agricultural education courses (including but not limited to Horticulture, Plant and Soil Science, Natural Resources and Environmental Science, and Animal Science), or other science courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above Biology I.
3 Social Studies: 1 United States History, 1/2 to 1 United States Government, 1/2 Oklahoma History, and 1/2 to 1 which may include, but are not limited to the following courses: World History, Geography, Economics, Anthropology, or other social studies courses with content and/or rigor equal to or above United States History, United States Government, and Oklahoma History.
2 The Arts: 2 which may include, but are not limited to, courses in Visual Arts and General Music.
8 Electives
21 Total

To meet graduation requirements, local school district options may include, but shall not be limited to, courses taken by concurrent enrollment, advanced placement, or correspondence, or courses bearing different titles. School districts shall strongly encourage students to complete two units or sets of competencies of foreign languages as part of the core curriculum for high school graduation. Local school district requirements may exceed state graduation requirements.

 

Credit may be granted for Applied Biology/Chemistry, Physics, Principles of Technology, and Applied Mathematics I and II and Computer Science whether taught at the comprehensive high school or a Career and Technology Education center. • Students may be eligible for the Oklahoma Tuition Scholarship Program.

 

Carnegie Unit of credit is given for the successful completion of a course that meets 40 minutes a day, five days per week, for at least 36 weeks, or the equivalent of 120 clock hours within the school year.

Sets of competencies are the skills and competencies specified in the Priority Academic Student Skills, or other skills and competencies adopted by the State Board of Education. Rigor means a level of difficulty that is appropriate for the grade level and that meets state and national standards. Contextual methodology means academic content and skills taught by utilizing real-world problems and projects in such a way that helps students understand the application of knowledge.

But have you been careful to check and fulfill all the requirements God has for you to graduate to the next level in your lives?

Here are the unchanging Requirements by your Heavenly Father for High School Graduation, By the Heavenly Board of Education Regulations, recorded forever in His Word, for students who will graduate from high school in the 2000-2001 school year. graduation RESOLUTIONS IN HONOR OF the school of MOM AND DAD in your home!

  • Isaiah 64:7 And there is no one who calls on Your name, Who stirs himself up to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us, And have consumed us because of our iniquities. Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.  SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to enter into family devotions and treat Bible reading and prayer with respect and do my part to help others in the family enjoy God’s Word: When I don’t feel spiritually strong, I will pray about this as a personal need rather than pouring my spiritual problems on others as a glass of cold water. I will remember that confessed weakness knits hearts together
  • SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to come home at the time we agreed on. If something happens to stop me, I learned I should call and explain and ask your guidance.
  • SUBMISSIVEness: Psalm 32:8-9 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.  What should we be learning while at home? SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to obey their instructions and do what I know they expect of me, even when it is not mentioned[i][1]. This helped me to not force you into repeated reminders, which I sometimes call nagging.
  • HAPPiness: Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart does well like medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick. Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.  SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to laugh with the family and not at the family I will especially laugh when my little brother or sister tells a simple joke with expectant excitement.
  • PEACEMAKing: Isaiah 32:17 The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to not stonewall you and give you the silent treatment, which I dislike when my friends do it to me. Instead, if I am discouraged and want to be left alone, I will say; “I’m sorry; I don’t feel like talking now: Can we talk later? I’m not mad. I just need to be alone.
  • SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to read my Bible and pray every day; even if it is only a verse and a brief call for help. I learned that teens couldn’t live by bread alone but only by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.
  • GRACIOUSness: Matthew 25:44-45 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to greet our guests with courtesy and respect and try to make them glad they came.
  • KINDness: Romans 12:17-19 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to not return evil for evil or try to justify my meanness because somebody treated me meanly first.
  • LOVING: Romans 12:9ff  (Message) Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality. Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to call you by affectionate family titles like “Mom,” or “Dad.” I won’t let other kids pressure me into calling you nothing or calling you something disrespectful as though true affection were embarrassing or childish.
  1. TRUTHFULness:Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.     SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to always tell the truth so that you can trust me and give me more and more freedom, as I get older.
  2. tongue GUARDing:Philippians 2:14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to not grumble or complain when I participate in my share of the duties because I will remind myself of what a great thing it is to have a family a home, clothes, food, running water, electric lights, and central heating in a world where millions of teenagers have none of these.
  3. saltiness:Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned to give two compliments for every criticism. And every criticism was aimed to help someone improve, not just belittle or cut them down.
  4. foreverness:1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?  SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While I lived at home I learned that I should pray for you as long as I live, that we will be united in faith and love, not only now in this world, but also for all of eternity in the kingdom of God.
  5. THANKFULness:1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS:While living with my parents at home I need to learn to say thank you daily, again and again, for the ordinary things you do for me. I will not take them for granted as though you were my slave.
  6. HUMility:James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to respond when I do something wrong and let you down. My response should be to apologize sincerely with words that you can hear. Something like, “Mom, I’m sorry I didn’t pick up the pile of clothes.”
  7. servantheartedness:1 Peter 2:21-24 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22 “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; 23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness— by whose stripes you were healed. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to stop when I think your demands are unfair, and choose to move forward to do them first, and after showing an obedient attitude, I will ask if we can talk. Then I will explain my side and try to understand yours.
  8. transparency:1 John 1:7-8 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. SPIRITUAL COURSE TO PASS: While living with my parents at home I need to learn to express my feelings. Both the positive ones (like happiness, pity; excitement, and sympathy) and the negative ones (like anger, fear, loneliness, and discouragement). This is because I have learned that unshared feelings lead to estrangement, coldness, and even more loneliness and discouragement.

What should we do if things are right on target? Thank the Lord and watch out, our Adversary doesn’t want us to launch them as godly men and women.

What if things aren’t well? Start anew and afresh today. The victorious Christian life is nothing less than a series of new beginnings. Let the Lord renew and refresh you as you humbling start where ever you are.

What is the best place to go? Start by leading your homes to Jesus in the reading of God’s Word regularly as a family.

 
 
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