October 26, 2015 KimHarms

Proverbs 7: 4-5 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your kinsman; they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words.   I willingly admit that I was a little boy crazy in my early teen years. I passed some notes in class and called boys on occasion. But it was all pretty harmless; aside from the fact that a few boys probably found me annoying. The ease and impersonal nature of texting and social media has made both boys and girls bolder. Without the awkwardness of face-to-face interaction, many feel more…

October 19, 2015 KimHarms 2Comment

Proverbs 6:10-11 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a bandit, and scarcity like an armed man. We can be lazy over here at the Harms house. There are some hot summer days and cold winter days during which holding down the couch is an all day event. I let my kids play too many video games some days and sleep in too late on other days. I’m not perfect. But though I am the overseer of the lazy days, I’m also trying to instill a…

October 12, 2015 KimHarms 3Comment

Proverbs 5:18 Rejoice in the wife of your youth.   The girl interest level at my house is pretty low right now, but I know my boys will sooner or later realize that the females of the species aren’t so bad. And though two of my three are adamant about retaining their bachelorhood until death, I know it is likely that someday a sweet girl will take their breath away and eventually their heart. In this world where sex outside of marriage is aggressively promoted as right and good, where the negative effects of it are ignored, where divorce is…

October 5, 2015 KimHarms

Photo courtesy of sideshowmom at morguefile.com Proverbs 4:1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. We were getting ready for an overnight backpacking trip the week that Grandpa gave the boys a unicycle. The night before the trip, our middle son was out trying to figure the darn thing out. His father wisely advised him to put it away and pick it back up after we had completed our backpacking adventure. He’s got a smart daddy, that boy. His daddy knows Owen’s deep-seated need to take risks and try crazy stunts….

September 28, 2015 KimHarms 2Comment

Proverbs 3:27 Do not withhold good when it is in your power to act.   Many years ago my husband gave free guitar lessons to a young teen he met through our church youth group. That teen came to our house once a week to play guitar and often stayed afterwards to eat dinner with us. I didn’t really like the boy.  (Sometimes I’m just a jerk on the inside while I’m serving on the outside.) I didn’t like the idea of Corey giving his time to him, and I struggled with my attitude as I passed him the potatoes. But…