Precious Gifts :

This is a collection of articles and excerpts I have collected from the internet and books to help futher my understanding and enhance my skills as a parent. Our children deserve our very best and there's no better way to show our love than making sure they get a good start at life by imparting to them good values and important principles. "God Bless All the Children of the World!!"

Friday, July 21, 2006

Medication Warning!!

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PLEASE, read the following for the sake of your health and forward to the people in your data base!!! Includes Sinutab ND.

This is a forward I received about certain drugs that have been recalled in the US. All drugs containing blog PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE are being recalled.
Please read this CAREFULLY. When I read this and it kids it appears are very much at risk I wanted to post this up as it could be useful.

So please pass this on.STOP TAKINGblog layouts anything containing this ingredient. It has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in brain) among women ages 18-49 in the three days after starting use of medication.
Problems were not found in men, but the FDA recommended that everyone (even children) seek alternative Medicine.

The following medications contain Phenylpropanolamine:
Acutrim Diet Gum
Appetite Suppressant Acutrim Plus Dietary Supplements
Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite, ControlAlka-Seltzer,
Plus Children's Cold Medicine EffervescentAlka-Seltzer Plus; Cold medicine (cherry or orange)Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine,
Original Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine,
Effervescent Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine,
Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent,
Alka Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine BC,
Allergy Sinus Cold Powder BC, Sinus Cold Powder Comtrex ,
Flu Therapy & Fever Relief, Day & Night Contac \n12-Hour Cold CapsulesContac 12 Hour Caplets Coricidin D Cold, Flu & Sinus Dexatrim Caffeine Free Dexatrim Extended DurationDexatrim Gelcaps Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir Dimetapp Elixir Dimetapp 4 Hour Liquid Gels Dimetapp 4 Hour TabletsDimetapp 12 Hour Extentabs TabletsNaldecon DX Pediatric Drops Permathene Mega-16Robitussin CFTavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal CongestionTriaminic DM Cough Relief Triaminic Expectorant \nChest & Head Triaminic Syrup Cold & AllergyTriaminic Triaminicol \Cold & Cough.
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They are voluntarily recalling the following medicines because of a certain ingredient that is causing strokes and seizures inimage hosting children:Orange 3D Cold & Allergy Cherry (Pink)3D Cold & \nCough Berry3D Cough Relief Yellow 3D Expectorant.
PLEASE PASS THIS ON.
THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF!
DO PASS ALONG TO ALL ON YOUR MAILING LIST so people are informed.
They can then pass it along to their families.
To confirm these findings please take time to check the following:http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/ppa/

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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Who's Your Daddy??

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To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; To seek him, the greatest adventure; To find him, the greatest human achievement.-Raphael Simon
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layout for myspacePersonal Note : I am sure that it is no walk in the park raising a child or children alone. There are many successful cases of solo mothers who have done fantastic jobs in bringing up their children by themselves. There are even documented stories of solo fathers. But what is sometimes lacking are stories by children of one parent households. There are times I am sure they must feel that they are at a disadvantage because they do not have the luxury/time/love/moral & financial support of both parents. Some children find themselves in such situations as a result of divorce or because one of the parents had passed away. But there is also a substantial number of children who never knew either their mother or father. This can be extremely hard for some but the following story is one of how one little boy came to overcome this difficult hurdle in his life.
blog layouts A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, TN. One morning, they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife,
"I hope he doesn't come over here."
blog LayoutsBut sure enough, the man did come over to their table.
"Where are you folks from?" he asked in a friendly voice. "Oklahoma," they answered. "Great to have you here in Tennessee," the stranger said. "What do you do for a living?"
"I teach at a seminary," the professor replied.
"Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I've got a really great story for you."
image hostingAnd with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple.
The professor groaned and thought to himself, "Great... Just what I need... another preacher story!"
The man started, "See that mountain over there? (pointing out the restaurant window). Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question, 'Hey boy, Who's your daddy?'
blog Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same question!, 'Who's your daddy?' He would hide at recess and lunchtime from other students. He would avoid going in to stores because that question hurt him so bad. When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, 'Who's your daddy?'
blog images But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd. Just about the time he got to the Back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, "Son, who's your daddy?" The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy.'
blog Layouts This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him & using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to that scared little boy..." Wait a minute!' he said. 'I know who you are. I see the family resemblance now. You are a child of God.'
He then patted the boy on his shoulder and said, "Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it!"
image hosting With that, the boy smiled for the first time in long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them, 'I'm a Child of God.'" The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, "Isn't that a great story" The professor responded that it really was a great story!
As the man turned to leave, he said, "You know, if that new preacher hadn't told me that I was one of God's children, I probably never would have amounted to anything!" And he walked away.
blog The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over & asked her, "Do you know who that man was who just left that was sitting at our table?"
The waitress grinned and said, "Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper. He's the former governor of Tennessee!"

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Praying for our Children.

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Lord, I prayed for this child, and You have granted me what I asked of You.
(1 Samuel 1:27)
blog LayoutsThe assignment to pray for our children is absolutely essential to raise up a generation that will withstand the enemy’s attack upon them
(Gen. 22:17, Psa. 12 7:5).
blog Layouts These Scripture-based prayers are dedicated to this most important responsibility and privilege of a parent or grandparent. You can change the words a little to suit the gender of ur baby. If not you can just use baby's name which is more personal.
blog Layouts Lord, what do You want for my child?
Guide me by Your Spirit as I pray for my child according to Your will. I release her to You so that You can accomplish Your will for her life. I will not try to live my life over through her. Keep me from binding her by my needs, wants, and ambitions for her. Get me out of Your way, so that You can work the life of Christ in her and give her Your best. Give me the grace to wait on You, for Your timing is perfect.
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Receive and love Jesus as her Savior:
I pray that my child will understand that You loved her so much that You gave Your only Son for her, and that because she believes in Him, she will have life forever with You.
John 3:16
image hostingCommit her life to make Jesus Lord and be filled with Your Spirit:
I pray that my child will recognize that Jesus is the Name above all names and will confess Him as Lord of all. I pray that she will trust Him with all her heart, not lean on her own understanding, and acknowledge He is Lord in everything; thus, You will guide her in Your best way for her. May she be filled with Your Holy Spirit to the fullness of Christ.
Phi. 2:9-11, Pro. 3:5-6, Eph. 5:18, 1:23, 4:13
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Know the true and living God intimately and cherish and apply all Your names:
I pray that my child will desire to truly know You, Father. May she love You, know You intimately, powerfully apply Your names, and rely on the character they represent in all her needs.
Dan. 11:32b, Phi. 3:10, Psa. 9.10
blog Layouts Learn to pray and praise:
I pray that my child will learn to communicate with You, her loving Father. Put Your praise in her heart and on her lips continually. Lead her to be entirely dependent on You for everything, so that she talks with You about all things and give You the honor and glory that You deserve.
Mark 10:14-15, Mat. 21:16, Phi. 4:6
layout for myspaceKnow who she is in Christ:
I pray that my child will know how precious she is to You. Teach her to base her identity and security on Christ. Give her, Christ-centered confidence and Christ-centered worth. Give her Your mind about how You see her and how You feel about her. As Your creation, help her to fully know who she is and what she has in Christ and what she can do through him.
Eph. 1:4, 7, 11-14, Col.1:27
image hosting Be protected from the evil one by the blood of Jesus:
Protect my child by the covering blood of Jesus. I pray that my child will know the power of the blood to defeat all the works of the evil one. By the blood of Jesus, bind the enemy from interfering with Your perfect purposes in her life.
John 17:15, 1 John 4:4
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I pray that my child will know Your Father-heart and have the assurance of Your great love. Let her know by experience how extravagantly and unconditionally You love her. Father bless her with Your holy love, so that she knows without doubt that You are always working in her life in Your love.
1 John 3:1
blog LayoutsLove the word of God:
I pray that my child will treasure Your word more than wealth. Teach her to love Your word and base her life on it as the standard of life. Give her understanding as she humbly seeks You in Your word. Teach her to plead Your unbreakable promises and to defeat all the lies of the enemy with Your truth revealed in Your word.
Psa. 119:127-130, 159-1 62.
blog layouts Learn to hate sin & love holiness, righteousness, & the fear of the Lord: I pray that You will write Your word on the heart of my child, so that she will choose the obedience of hating sin and loving Your holiness. Work in her life the holy fear of You and the righteousness of Jesus. Help her not to just keep a set of rules, but to desire to please You in all she does. Create in her a pure heart. Make her wise in what is good and innocent and what is evil. Move in her to dedicate her life to You as a living sacrifice.
Psa. 119:9,11; 2 Tim. 2:22, Rom. 16:19b, Pro. 8:13.
blog layouts Grow up into maturity in the Lord:
I pray that my child will be built solidly on the foundation of Jesus and grow in Your grace with a conscious sense of Your presence conforming her to be like You. May she continue to be built up with Your wisdom, favor, truth, love, life, faith, strength, and thankfulness.
Luke 2:52, Eph. 4:15,Col. 2:6-7.
blog LayoutsGlorify God in her body as Your temple:
I pray that my child will honor You by keeping her body pure because she is the temple of Your Spirit. Teach her the great price You paid in the death of Jesus for her holiness.
1 Cor. 6:19- 20, Rom. 12:1-2
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I pray that my child will submit to the authorities You have placed over her as to You. Let her understand that You have established loving, wise, covering for her good through parents and others in authority. Cause her to obey and not reserve for herself the right to choose whether to obey, which You call rebellion. Give her a joyful, grateful heart as she submits to Your ordained authorities.
Rom. 13.], Eph. 6:1, 3.22-25
layout for myspaceHave healthy, edifying, satisfying, wise friendships:
I pray that my child will develop friendships based on the drawing of Your Holy Spirit to righteous companions. Give her friends who are true, wholesome, and mutually encouraging. Give her wisdom in choosing relationships that will honor You.
Psa. 119:63, John 15:13-14
blog Layouts Know the truth and renew her mind in God’s Word:
I pray that my child will know Your truth in her heart as well as her head. May she base her life on Your truth instead of Satan’s lies, so that she will experience all the freedom that Jesus died to give her. I pray that she will daily renew her mind in Your word and set her thoughts on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise.
John 8.32, Rom. 12:2, Phi. 4:8
blog Walk wisely in the ways and wisdom of God :
I pray that my child will be delighted with Your ways and Your wisdom, that she will commit everything she does to You and trust You to show her the blessings of obedience. Teach her to not trust in herself, but to put You first in everything. Let her actions reflect the light of Your goodness, righteousness, truth, and wisdom in all that she does. Day by day fulfill all Your will for her.
Psa. 37:4-6, Pro. 3.5-6, Eph. 5:8-10, 15-17
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I pray that You alone will be the joy of my child. Fill her with Your joy inside, so she won’t pursue the world’s pleasures.
Phi. 4:4, Neh. 8:10

image hostingSeek to please God, not self, and serve others :
I pray that my child will desire to please You in her thoughts and actions and not be a people-pleaser. May she have a servant’s hearts and give to others like Jesus who did not seek to be served.
Mat. 4:lOb, Psa. 19:14, Mark 10:43-45
blog layout Learn who the enemy is and resist him victoriously :
I pray that my child will humbly submit to God and resist the devil, thereby defeating him. May she discern the evil one’s tactics and not entertain his lies in her thoughts nor be entrapped by his snares. I pray that she will receive Your strength and resurrection power for every spiritual battle.
2 Cor. 2:11, Jam. 4~ 7, Eph. 6.10
blog layoutsMaintain their first-love devotion to Jesus :
I pray that Jesus will be the first love of my child. Give her a passion for Jesus. Cause her to love Him with all her heart, soul, strength, and mind. I pray that she will prize His affection above all else. Phi. 3.13-14, Luke 10.27
blogFind the godly life partner that God is preparing, a mate who will complement them in their obedient walk with the Lord:
I pray that in Your timing You will bring my child the life partner You have chosen for her. I trust that You are developing the character of Jesus in him. May their walk together with You be an undeniable testimony that You made them for each other. Make them a mighty witness for You. Bless them with Your best.
Pro. 12:4, 31:10; Psa. 112:1-2
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This prayer of my heart I humbly offer up to you Lord in the Name of Christ Jesus our Triumphant Savior in whose name all has been made possible. AMEN.


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Friday, June 30, 2006

Dear Spenser,

This is a letter written by a grandmother for her beloved grandson Spenser who died from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

Dear Spenser,

A good friend of ours once said that the Lord has given us the authority to be distributors of joy. Well, Spenser, during the five short months you were here on earth, you certainly did a marvellous job of bringing joy to our hearts - and you didn't say a word.

How well I recall walking into the lounge at the hospital - you were not even 24 hours old. There you were, sleeping contentedly on the couch between your mom and dad.

We could hardly wait to hold you.

I watched your Grandpa Kehler gazing so intently and lovingly at your little face - he said an instantaneous bonding occurred between the two of you that moment. You wrapped your little fingers around his heart and he was hooked . . . on you. He loved it.

A few moments later your other grandparents arrived with your brother Zachary. Do you remember? We were all wondering how he would respond to you. He’d had all the attention till then. But as you know Zachary put his head ever so gently and lovingly against your little head and yes, you immediately had won his heart, too.

I' m so glad that I was able to help your mom the first few weeks after you were born. I took a picture of your mom holding you when you were less than a week old.

It didn't take long for you to respond to us with your big smiles. What a thrill! And then, when you started laughing aloud you really filled the room with joy.

Do you remember when your parents, your brother and Aunt Pat came for supper? Your mom had ordered her favourite summer meal...watermelon and rollkuchen (fritters). After we had eaten, we all went for a walk. We had to take turns carrying you, because our arms and backs got tired...but you know, Spenser, we enjoyed every minute of it.

You were such a contented baby! On your dad's birthday, we were in the living room enjoying your mom's delicious baking. I remember you lying on your mom's lap, playing with your fingers. Another source of joy. We realized you were developing normally.

One afternoon when I dropped in, your mom and I laughingly cheered you on as you tried so hard to roll from your back to your stomach. You were a determined little fellow.

The last time I held you, the whole Kehler family was at your Aunt Pat's house for a barbecue. Remember? Your grandfather had enjoyed holding you most of the evening, but you were getting a little fussy, so I wrapped you in a blanket and carried you. You didn't seem at all sleepy, but you lay very still in my arms. You looked so intently in my eyes, not just a glance...but a long, deep gaze. I realized that this was the communication that you and your mom had every time she nursed you. What joy you brought to your parents, brother and grandparents.

You know, Spenser, God was trying to prepare us for your death. The day before you left us, a friend gave us a booklet called, "Heaven" and said they had given this booklet to many people who were grieving. Then, almost apologetically he added, "I hope this isn't prophetic." Well, it was.

Spenser, you left us so suddenly. We had nine months to prepare for you coming, but had no time to prepare for your departure.

We are sorrowing! We are rejoicing, too! You are with Jesus . . . "sitting on His lap," your mother envisions. And if it is possible to increase the joy in heaven, I'm sure you are doing it.

Perhaps, your great Grandpa Krause will teach you to fish, and great Grandma Krause will bake cookies for you. Do they do things like that in heaven? Tell Jesus that we sure do appreciate having you with us for five months. You have been a distributor of joy. It only took you five months to fulfil God's plan for your life. It is taking the rest of your relatives much longer.

Spenser, honey, your presence here has been a stimulant to all of us to be distributors of joy.


Gratefully, but tearfully,
Your Grandmother Kehler

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Cost of Children These Days!!

Came across this article while browsing the net, I enjoyed it and figured maybe other parents might like it too. It provides an sightful perspective to the financial woes parents sometimes run into while raising their children. Hope this helps!!

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition. But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week. That's a mere $24.24 a day!

Just over a dollar an hour. Still, you might think the best financial advice says don't have children if you want to be "rich." It is just the opposite. What do your get for your $160,140?

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Naming rights --- First, middle, and last!

Glimpses of God everyday.

Giggles under the covers every night.

More love than your heart can hold.

Hosted by SparkleTags.comButterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
A hand to hold, usually covered with jam.
A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sand castles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain.
Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.
For $160,140, you never have to grow up. You get to finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus.
You have an excuse to keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney Land, and wishing on stars.
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For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck!
You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof, taking the training wheels off the bike, removing a splinter, filling a wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that never wins but always get treated to ice cream regardless.
You get a front row seat to history to witness the first step, first word, first date, and first time behind the wheel.
You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren.
You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.
In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with God.
You have all the power to heal a booboo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.
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It really is a wonderful privilege and a real blessing to be a parent so much so that even though your wallet or purse will have often hold coins instead of being filled with crisp dollars. The joy of being with children whether they are your own or otherwise (adopted/foster children or that of siblings etc) is worth every blog layouts you will spend. Children are the wisest investment we will ever hold in our Stocks Portolio!