December 14, 2015 KimHarms

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. My Owen loves to play football.  Before he was old enough for school ball he played on a youth team, and man did he enjoy it. One of those years his team won one game. One game. They practiced hard and played hard, but they just couldn’t pull off a win. I credit his coaches for instilling in the boys the love of the game, even in loss. They encouraged those boys continually. And each week the kids went out and gave it their best. And they never…

December 7, 2015 KimHarms

Proverbs 10:19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. One of the things that attracts me to and conversely makes me want to strangle my husband is that he chooses his words carefully.  If the average number of words spoken by a male really is 7,000 as they say, Corey could easily get by with 3,500. If it doesn’t need to be said, he doesn’t say it. I hate this when he’s been gone for an extended period of time and returns home to describe the whole experience in two sentences….

November 30, 2015 KimHarms 2Comment

Proverbs 9:9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. My kids aren’t big fans of the 8:00 – 3:00 school day routine. (It’s boring, they say.) And it perplexes them that they must go to school for nine months of the year while summer break lasts only three months. In their minds, to be fair, school should be six months of the year and break should fill the other six. They wouldn’t say that they think learning is fun, but my oldest son found an appreciation…

November 9, 2015 KimHarms 1Comment

Proverbs 8:35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. My kids sometimes play the game sardines with their friends. In sardines, one person hides and the rest of the group tries to find him.  When a seeker finds the hider, he hides alongside him. This pattern continues until only one seeker is left. That last one left seeking is the loser. The kids who don’t pay close attention as the other players start disappearing tend to be the least successful in the game. It’s all about seeking with purpose and joining those who have found…

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 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…

September 21, 2015 KimHarms

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles @ freedigitalphotos.net Proverbs 2: 1-6 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom ad applying your heart to understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.   One of my boys had a tough stretch in school last year. A particular subject…

September 14, 2015 KimHarms 7Comment

Proverbs 1:33 But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease without fear of harm. “You really let your kids shoot nails?” My friend and I were drinking coffee on my deck, and a few minutes prior she had witnessed the workings of my middle son’s most recent project. A handmade blow gun with little picture frame nails for ammunition. I may be a little on the crazy side, allowing my kids to do riskier things than some people are comfortable with. But I struggle living in a culture where we are hyper-concerned with physical protection…