There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. 
     ~Jane Austen
So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”
~ 1 Peter 1:13-16
     I had a class yesterday that came into the library, procured books, listened for instruction and then followed it.  It was a dream lesson, the kids did twice as much work as they might have, achieved the goal, and then offered to clean up.  I did not pinch myself, but I was tempted.  
     They were not stunt doubles, they were not clones, robots, automatons, they were kids who were coming back from a two week vacation that set well with them. They were ready for the old groove of learning.  Their readiness boosted my spirit!
     Then I received word of a group of children who are posting name meanings from the Urban Dictionary.  My heart was sick.  The Urban Dictionary has its place in reference for OLDER kids, but it absolutely has no place in an elementary school or on your child’s Instagram account.  The rules for the account include a child being 13 or older.  My fourth and fifth graders have accounts and are looking for the meaning of their names.  They are not using the skills that they have been taught to discern a good site from bad, and I will address that today in class.  Parents are either unaware, perhaps not computer savvy.  
     Today I will show them sites that are acceptable for looking up one’s name origin, and I’d be happy to share them with you, should you need them.  PLEASE ask your kids about their Instagram accounts, follow them on the account.  The name that you gave them is being ravaged and misshapen by a very old lifestyle, a very old menace who pops up everywhere in new ways.  Take care about the things that you post.  They are watching, listening, and learning.
     Let home be as much of a comfort as it can be.
Lord, help me to be a good example, a better listener, a holder of the line.  The children are watching, learning, and following.
Because of Him,

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