Two Builders

Two Builders The builder built a temple; he wrought it with grace and skill. Pillars, walls, and arches—fashioned to his will. Men said as they saw its beauty, “It will never know decay. Great is thy skill, O,...

The Difference Family Makes

The Difference Family Makes “My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you” (Proverbs 3:1–2). An article...

Thoughts of Home

Be Careful What You Say  One day a little girl watching her mother do the dishes noticed several strands of white hair on her mother’s brunette head. She asked, “Why are some of your hairs...

Easy or Hard?

A large poster in a Montgomery Ward & Co. store in Oklahoma once read, “It all began at Montgomery Ward & Co. in 1939. Robert L. May, an advertising copywriter, was asked to write...

Thoughts from the Home

500 Family Counselors Say . . . According to a study of more than 500 family counselors, the following are the top traits of successful families:  Communicating and listening Affirming and supporting family members Respecting...

To My Child

Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying. Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear...

Good Teacher

A man took his son fishing one day. After a few hours in the boat with not much to do, the son started asking his father some questions. “How does the boat float?” he asked. The man...

An Anonymous Letter

From a Parent to a Child I cannot buy you a set of morals; I cannot build you a sense of responsibility; I cannot hand you appreciation of beauty; I cannot manu­facture for you concern...

On the Home Front

Do It Together A Florida church holding monthly events for the entire family had trouble with parents dropping their kids off and not staying for the events. They remedied the problem with this announcement: “The...

What Do You Expect Out of Your Children?

School children were used for an experiment in education.  The children in three groups were equally average students. Controllers of the study made a significant change, though. They placed the three groups with three different...