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Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Some one dear to us was planning on putting corn in the freezer. She had always blanched it and cooled it first. Some of her friends told her to just leave it in the shulks and freeze it that way.  They told her that it saves time and is just as good, and works for okra too, (just wash and bag it and put in freezer). 
She tried that on a few of them and about 3 weeks later her daughter fixed some of it. It had a bad whang to it and they could not eat it. The canning and freezing books say that the enzymes need to be stopped by boiling water in order to capture the freshness before being frozen. She will probably go back to blanching it, because you can keep it as long as two years or more and it is still good. It's worth the time and work to have a quality product.
 God loaned us very quality products when our little precious babies were born into our families. They are as pure as they can be when they are born. It is worth the time and effort to see that we give them back to Him as quality products. Yes, it takes extra effort...much, much effort. It takes extra effort trying to be... ourselves what God wants us to be, so they have a good example in a mother and daddy.
It takes much extra effort also, to raise a good child up to be faithful. Just raising them up to be morally right is not enough. It takes extra effort to get everyone up early on the Lord's Day to make sure we are where we are supposed to be and on time. This should begin on staying up doing something that makes us too tired to that we are at our best for God.
It also takes effort to make sure that our children are not in wrong company during their growing up years. Peer pressure is out there and it is very real! It takes a lot of effort to teach them to not give in to peer pressure in their growing up years. It is not easy to resist...even for adults. Satan doesn't give us much time on peer pressure. It hits us suddenly and we succomb and then we ask ourselves afterward, "Now why did I do that?"
Jesus put out a lot of effort in dying for us so that He can plead our case, but only if we are obedient to His Will. Jesus didn't use a short cut to redeem us and neither can we in training our children. No such shortcuts exist...we either train them for God or we don't.
We also need to give them lots of affection so that their emotional and mental health is not impaired. Train them to drink deeply of the Water of Life and they will never want to refresh themselves at stagnant waters. God wants a quality product when they come back to Him!

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