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Genesis 2:24 "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

Genesis 3:20 "And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living."

Genesis 4:1 "And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD."

There has been a lot of attention given to family values lately. I watched, mesmerized, as thousands flocked to be joined together in same-sex marriages in California and Massachusetts. Then after these couples are married, they will adopt a child. So we have children being raised by two mothers or two dads; this is completely against the family values set forth in the bible. In the beginning God made a man and a woman. He didn't make two men or two women. He made a man and then took one of his ribs and made him a wife. He then blessed them with children. Yes, I said He blessed them with children. Children are a blessing not a curse. A wife is also a blessing.

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Proverbs 5:18 "Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth."

Ephesians 5:25 "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;"

Psalms 127:4,5 "As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate."

Proverbs 17:6 "Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers."

The first thing God did after creating the earth was to make man and then give him a wife and then have them procreate. I wonder what He thinks about the new family values of America today. We have stopped calling it an abomination, we have stopped calling it sin, we have even stopped calling it wrong. Now we say it is a lifestyle. We support it by watching it on TV and movies and see no harm. We welcome it into our living rooms, our churches and even our pulpits. We change our constitution and laws to take out the ten commandments and In God We Trust but to include gay rights.

The family, as God intended, is not sacred anymore. Parents are not raising their children in church. Children are not respecting their parents. I recently watched several episodes of Dr. Phil on "Parenting 101" and was really shocked at what I saw. It isn't just teenagers who are terrorizing parents today but children as young as two and four are literally taking over their parent's lives. I have a son and a daughter who are both married and have families of their own. They are both active in their church and have their families in church and they will both tell you that when they were growing up we did not have a discipline problem at our house. Most of the time all I had to do was tell them something once and that was enough. And When we were out, whether at church, at friends or in a store, all I had to do was look at them. Children know if you mean what you say or if you are all idle threats, and they will act accordingly. Show them you mean business a few times and they will begin to respect you and obey the rules you set down, but you must be consistent!

I hear some families now saying they have started a "family night" at their house when they all set down to dinner together and then watch a movie or play games. Almost every night was family night when my children were growing up. We always had dinner together and then we did homework, played games, sang or I read to them. This went on right up until they got jobs. Sure, there were times when they visited friends but it was more likely that their friends were at our house!

Just today I watched an episode of Oprah where parents were allowing children as young as four and six to make the decision to change their sex! A little girl was allowed to cut her hair like a boy, dress like a boy, and then later, as she grew older, bind her breasts and get shots to stop her period. What are parents thinking? Do they suppose God made a mistake when He made that child?

God set the family up in a certain order. He put the man at the head. He is to provide for and protect the family. He put the woman to be the revered mother, the weaker vessel and beloved wife of the man. She is to take care of the family and love and bring up the children. In no way is she subservient to the man, she should be by his side! Then God put the children under the care of the parents but just until they are old enough to be on their own! The parents are to guide the children, teach them right from wrong and teach them Bible principles. The children are always to honor and respect the parents, though. Then, when the parents are old, 1 Timothy 5:4 says the children are to take care of them so, the order becomes reversed!

    1 Timothy 5:4
    "But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God."

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How does your family measure up to God's criteria? If your children are still living at home, it's not too late to make some changes! Just remember to pray about it first and always talk about changes as a family because talking is the best thing a family can do!

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Sit your children down and talk to them.
Tell them what their rules are.
Children respect boundries
when they are fair and made
in their best interest and in love.
Families need time and attention.
Isn't it time you started focusing more on your family?

LOVE, MEME

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