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Damage by "Sheltering"
Posted by Barbara Smith (BWSmith)
This message was originally posted on
Christian Homeschool Fellowship on the Web
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Hmmmmmm. Sheltering is "doing damage?" Then why does our country pour money into *sheltering* homeless people from the realities of the street? Why do we build tornado *shelters* ? Because we KNOW the "storms" of life are hard, even life threatening -- We want to protect and build up, if only for a night some soul's body and mind and heart because life on the street doesn't change and nature's storms are deadly.

Life's challenges never change -- They will always come around giving our children a chance to negotiate their way through disappointments and setbacks.

Who walks along side our kids -- but the Gentle Shepherd -- He will open the gates and let the tests come and will not be able to take them for our kids -- they must trust HIM for themselves. He will be their sure defense and give them a ready answer for the hope that is in them. Sometimes we DO may step into too soon and short-circuit a lesson the Lord intends for HIS little lambs to learn -- but it sounds like someone you love and respect maybe unburdened herself without thinking? Is she a believer and does she have knowledge of a situation that you need to consider: That is -- did she see you intervene in a squabble the girls should have settled?

Or is she just giving the benefit of her experiences -- or the sum of her fears that are mixed up with her convictions about how she should be caring for her own children regret a few times I stepped in and more than a few I should have intervened! If she has no firsthand comments, smile sweetly and overlook perhaps her viewpoint -- but maybe just check over how you are equipping your little ones to handle "conflict."

Helping kids learn how to handle angry words or ugly remarks *is* important -- we don't need to plop them in the middle of a sewer to teach our kids how to steer clear of nasty situations. . Sheltering is "doing damage?" Then why does our country pour money into sheltering homeless people from the realities of the street? Why do we build tornado shelters -- because we KNOW "storms" and life are hard, even life threatening -- We want to protect and build up, if only for a night some soul's body and mind and heart because the street doesn't change and storms are deadly.

So, too, Life never changes -- it will always come around giving our children a chance to negotiate their way through it. Who walks along side our kids -- but the Gentle Shepherd -- He will open the gates and let the tests come and will not be able to take them for our kids -- they must trust HIM for themselves. He will be their sure defense and give them a ready answer for the hope that is in them.

If God leads you to home school through GRADUATE school, you'll do it right? well -- maybe not that far . . . my son doesn't laugh so hard when I say that -- BWS


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