Kim Harms

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Boy Mom Monday – Proverbs 4:1 INSTRUCTION

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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. But he also knows the boy’s tendency toward injury. Broken arm, staples in the head, ankle strains, sprained thumb…I could continue but you get the picture.

If he had injured himself that evening while trying to ride a contraption with one wheel and ZERO handlebars,  it would have not only been a bummer for him, but could have potentially ruined vacation plans for all of us. Backpacking and concussions don’t really mix.

Owen wisely put the unicycle in the garage and went on to a less dangerous task. We all were able to enjoy our backpacking trip injury free. (He hasn’t started back in on the unicycle yet, but I’ll let you know when he has it mastered. I don’t doubt he’ll figure it out.)

Prayer: Lord help our sons to follow the instruction of their fathers and help them to see beyond themselves and into what that their obedience can mean to others. Amen


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

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