Sometime ago I did a book review on Wisdom and the Millers: Proverbs for Children (Miller Family (Harvest House)) by Mildred A. Martin. This is a book we used for our family Bible study time which we do after supper each week night. I mentioned how much we liked reading that book and discussing with our girls the principles each story illustrated. We are now reading School Days with the Millers (Miller Family (Harvest House)) and enjoying it just as much as the other one.
One of the things that I appreciate the most about the stories is that so often the truth that is taught is one that I need to work on in my life just as much as our daughters do. On Friday night we read a chapter entitled “The Two-Faced Apples.” The story centered on two girls who were best friends face to face, but talked unkindly about each other when they were not together. The theme was avoiding backbiting, gossip and slander and the author included a saying that I have heard before and found to be true: “…people who will talk about others to you will usually talk the same way to others about you.”
This was a wonderful opportunity to talk with our girls not only about watching what they say about others but also avoiding conversations with people who want to talk negatively about others. It was a reminder to me not to be careless with my words and to make sure that I don’t participate in listening to others spreading gossip or slander.
I am so thankful that God’s Word speaks to all of us, no matter our age, and gives us direction as to the right way to live.
This post is linked to Make Your Home Sing Monday at Mom’s the Word.
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