So (do you guys ever realize how much I use the word so? It’s like my written way of verbally saying “um.”) Okay so I got off track a smidge there.
So I have had this personal issue with organized religion lately. I don’t have a problem with people enjoying organized religion but it has failed for me. I have been a member of 6 different faiths/churches over my 30 years on this planet. (How many of you math buffs just averaged that out! It’s okay. I did too ) Yep, that comes to a different religion every 5 years of my life!
But I love God and the Bible. I love the stories and learning how to use the Bible to help me on my way in life. It is very intriguing to me.
Since I have left my last, and final, church it has made me a little sad that my children are not getting that direction that I craved as a child.
I probably would not have gone so wild as a teen if some religious leader had just talked to me! I know there is separation of church and state but I truly believe that the orphanages and group homes in our nation should have some kind of religious individual whom the kids can go to. Prisons have them! Why can’t they get the kids this help, if they seek it, before they land in prison?
Not that all kids in these places go to prison. I obviously never did. I have never even been arrested. I would pee myself if I ever got that close to handcuffs. But there is such a huge percentage that does.
Sorry, I’m easily sidetracked today. Back to my children’s faith. Lauren is still very involved in the church she was raised in by her mother. Austin goes sometimes with a friend. He goes more the longer he lives here. But Matthew and Rachel have had nothing. Matthew could care less and I don’t worry much about him. But Rachel has mentioned it to me from time to time. So I know that a piece of her soul is craving spiritual direction.
So I did something productive today. I decided to search around and see what was out there in the way of guiding 9 year old girls. I found the coolest thing…and incredibly cheap. It is the Young Women of Faith Series by Nancy Rue. There is a fiction book and a workbook that goes with it. It is right up Rachel’s alley. She will truly love this kind of thing. And I found the first 2 books and workbooks for only a penny a piece at Amazon.com. Go Mom! I’m so ready for them to get here. We will have so much fun doing them. Though it is a little young for Lauren, I plan to pull her in too if she wants. She can give her big sister/just been there point of view of life’s little lessons too.
Oh the focus of the series is to talk about every day things that tween girls deal with like beauty, body changes, friends, etc. The books focus on a girl names Lily that is a fictionalized tale that the girls can relate to. The workbook helps the girl write down and think about how the book topic relates to what they are dealing with. Rachel has such a love for reading and workbooks, and such a need for printed (religious) direction in life that I think 4 cents is worth it (actually $4 a piece with shipping and handling).
Someday I may need to do a contest. Something like how many times did I write the word “so” in January