When I was a child, I would spend my summer vacations at my grandparent’s farm or visiting other relatives in Northern Wisconsin.  Every moment was filled with time well spent.  I can still picture the line of pine trees that stood at attention, leading up to the front door of the farm.  I can still smell the fresh air and hear the sounds of laughter at the lake, or get perfectly delicious malts at the hotel in Wabeno, Wisconsin.  Oh the blessed days of our youth.  When the cares of the world are non-existent and the only thing we really worried about was how we looked in a bathing suit.

Today, my fears of even wearing a swim suit have turned to how I’d squeeze myself into one.  Panty hose is another story, but I won’t go there.

Times were simpler in the days of our youth.  Today, young people are confronted with so much more.  They are exposed to violent behavior – not only through video games, but actual crime in the streets and thoughts of having their schools invaded by terrorists or maniacs.  Bullying has become so much more vicious with the advent of the internet and social media.  Hatred, division, anger and so many negatives are thrown at them in conversation, in reactions of their parents, from their peer and from the world – because the world is at their fingertips now.

On my grandparent’s farm, the radio would blast with good old country or gospel music.  Grandma would sing along and the dog chimed in with his howls.  There wasn’t much news in a farm community.  I used to think the farm report was really boring, but oh how I long to hear boring news again.

Children hear words like sexual harassment, oral sex and rape in their early years and know what they mean by the time they’re six.  Terrorist attacks have become almost the norm and we’re slowly becoming numbed by them.  We are no longer shocked by immoral or violent behavior.

We certainly can’t put our children in a bubble and shield them from all that’s out there today, but we can provide shelter for them through God’s Word.

Mark 9:42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.”

Mark 9:37   “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”


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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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9 Responses to WHEN I WAS A CHILD …

  1. yes I agree. if I fell asleep during a game I had to wait until sometime the next day to find out who won. and we were outside all the time. Kids nowadays are not, too glued to their phones and seeing how many likes they have

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  2. ~M says:

    Wonderful memories… and I currently live in Wisconsin. It’s still a great place to raise a family. And although we face such negative atrocities these days, our children can still be taught these important biblical truths. I suppose as parents, we just have to work harder these days to instill good moral values in our children. But it certainly isn’t impossible. Thanks for sharing your story. 🙂

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Yay another Wisconsinite. I grew up in Milwaukee, moved to Appleton after I got married and now am a Minnesotan. As long as we keep the Lord as the head of our homes, we can overcome anytbi

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  3. Sheila says:

    True but sad commentary on today’s world. But you’re right. We can create safe havens for our children, and others. It takes more work, but I know it can be done, as my own kids do it with theirs. The good ole days of our childhoods were special though. I hadn’t thought about those huge fresh homemade malts in years!

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  4. I love your memories, Kathy! I do so wish children of today could live in simpler times. My heart breaks for this current generation. 😢 Excellent post!

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