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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 the wife of a guitar-playing, worship-leading, adventure-loving husband. I am the mother of three incredible sons: two of whom recently surpassed me in height, and one of whom I am going to pretend is still my baby. I am saved by grace; a daughter of the King who was and is and is to come. *** I am a regular contributor at Today’s Christian Woman, a monthly blogger at Inspire a Fire and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts. *** The 500 Dresses ministry that I started with my mom in 2010 is our way of answering the call to serve those in poverty.

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