Cures for Cabin Fever!


By Tamara Eaton

Cabin Fever:"A condition of increased tension, boredom, blahs, etc. caused by living for some time in a confined space or an isolated area, especially in winter."

After three weeks of steady rain, I'm beginning to think we should consider "boat-schooling" instead of home-schooling--and preferably in Hawaii! The younger children are suffering from a lack of outdoor exercise and their pent-up energy and crankiness can be contagious. It's time for spiritual refreshment and practical ideas-- sure cures for cabin fever!


I love what Andrew Murray had to say to parents about teaching their children and it still applies to parents of our generation. (Here he was teaching from Deuteronomy 6:1,2,5-7)

1. Instruct With All Your Heart!

"Parental instruction must come from the heart. We all know that instruction has little influence on children when given by an apathetic teacher...."

"When the work of instructing the children becomes a burden, you may be sure it is an indication of something wrong within your own heart. Your love for God in heaven, or the delight in His Word, has been fading. When you need more energy to joyfully perform your work, you must only turn to the words that reveal the secret of a godly education. Then, you will experience an unspeakable blessing in the wisdom that connects the heart's secret love with the mouth's spoken words:

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart. And these words shall be in thy heart. And thou shalt teach them to thy children. "

2. Instruct With Diligence!

"Parental instruction must also be diligent and earnest:

"Thou shalt diligently teach them unto thy children"..."

"He [the parent] must carefully consider how he can best gain both the child's understanding and affections. He does this by making the most of opportunities and activities in which the child is interested. The parent must also learn the art of speaking in the spirit of love. His whole life must be an attractive example of what he has taught. There is nothing that drives home the word of instruction like a consistent and holy life."

3. Instruct With Perseverance!

"Parental instruction must be persevering and continuous.:

"Thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."

The entrance of divine truth into the mind and heart, the formation of habit and the training of character, are not attained by sudden and isolated efforts, but by regular and unceasing repetition...."

"....The parental instruction was not to be at set times and stated in formal lectures. The whole life with all its duties has to be interwoven with the lessons of God's presence and God's service. With a heart full of God's love and God's Word, the ordinary activities of daily life help to lead youthful hearts toward heaven."

To those who would object that all this speaking and instruction would tire and alienate our children, Andrew Murray says: "Parents will receive wisdom from on high and be guided to know when and how to speak to their children. Love will influence their children's hearts and find a willing and listening ear when others would only grow weary!"

A Parent's Prayer

"Lord, give me wisdom and grace to be the teacher of my children that You would have me to be. I see how You do not permit any other to assume the parent's position. You have appointed me the first and most important teacher. Fill our hearts with Your love and Your Word. Help us to sharpen Your words deep into our children's hearts. Help us all the day long to walk in Your love and presence, and influence our children for You. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

[Taken from Raising Your Children For Christ by Andrew Murray (1828-1917) ]




Here are some of our family's favorite things to do on cold, rainy days!

Boredom shouldn't be a problem for God's children--our Heavenly Father is so creative and delights in blessing us with ideas and opportunities to learn and grow in Him every single day of our lives--in sunshine and in rain, and warm weather and in cold! May we all say with Paul:

" ...I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." --Philippians 4:19

Even in a house full of children after 21 days of cold, rainy weather!

[Note--If you don't know the Lord in a personal, saving way--find out how you can be set free from all condemnation and receive Eternal life, as well as His daily help and guidance! (Knowing God)

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"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."

Isaiah 54:13