Can you keep a secret? Friendship and trust go together like chips and salsa. When someone confides in you, are you faithful not to tell? Proverbs 11:13 says:
“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.” (NIV)
If you suffer from “loose lips”, watch out because gossip often returns to its source and that’s about as pleasant as dropping your tray in the school cafeteria. Not fun.
Are there times when you need to tell? Sure. If a friend is doing something illegal (like shoplifting, drugs, or alcohol) or if your friend is in danger (an abusive situation, cutting, or purging), you need to let a trusted adult know. Otherwise, treat others with the same respect and confidentiality (keeping private things private) that you want from them.
Preteens and middle school students will enjoy Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. Sonnenblick strikes a balance between laugh out loud humor and the harsh reality of life’s curve balls. Don’t miss this one.
A Cloak for a Dreamer written by Aileen Friedman and illustrated by Kim Howard is Zuno’s Pick. This Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Book multiplies your fun with a special section explaining the math behind the tale and providing hands-on activities. Quilters will love this one.
Girls, what kind of jewel are you: diamond, ruby, emerald, or sapphire?
Guys, did you know that, even now, God may be designing a crown for you? Check it out:
“A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.” Proverbs 12:4 (NIV)
TV, movies, and magazines tell us looks make the gal, but God says her character crowns her man, not her jewelry, makeup, figure, or face. Ask your dad this week, “What character qualities are important in a good wife?”.
Faithfulness? Gentleness? Self-control? Love? Patience? Self lessness?
Don’t be tricked by the world. A trophy wife may look like a trophy, but trophies aren’t good for much more than sitting on a shelf. Real life demands much more. Boys, what kind of qualities would you want your wife to have? Girls, what qualities are you seeking that will “crown” that special someone some day? What jewels of character are you mining?
Mr. Yowder and the Train Robbers is a short chapter book geared towards younger readers. Join Mr. Yowder as he sets out to roundup the train robbers with some very unusual allies-s-s-s. This book is written and illustrated by Glen Rounds.
If you’ve seen the movie The Blind Side, you’ll recognize Zuno’s Pick this week—Munro Leaf’s The Story of Ferdinand. Illustrated by Robert Lawson (author of Rabbit Hill and others), Ferdinand shows us it’s okay to be yourself even if it means not herding up with the rest of the calves in the pasture.
Feed the dog! Scoop the poop! Get fresh water for the cat! Our pets require work and lots of it. Does God really care whether you remember to feed your goldfish? Check out these verses:
“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” Proverbs 12:10 (NIV)
“… and he (Jesus) was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.” Mark 1:13 (NIV)
Jesus understands the connection we have with our pets. Our animals depend on us for their care and I believe it pleases God when we show love and kindness to His creatures. How will you do that today? Let me know! We are taking care of Zuno by putting medicine in his ear. He has an ear infection. He doesn’t like the ear drops, but we know it is best for him and we want him to get well.