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No. 3
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.


Our cat, Fluffy Dax, had six kittens one year. She was a good mother too.
We gave her a special box in the office to keep the kittens in.
It was just a cardboard box lined with newspaper, but it was snug and safe for the kittens, and she could be with us all the time.
The kittens were born in our bathroom at half past five on my birthday.
It was very exciting to see how God has planned for new life to come into the world.
Have you ever seen anything born like that?

Those kittens as they got older were always getting in mischief.
They climbed up out of the box.and tried to wander away.
Fluffy Dax always went and got any kitten who was out of the box and carried it back in her mouth. They mewed and complained, silly things.
They would have gotten lost or hurt if she had let them wander around by themselves, doing what they wanted. They were so tiny and didn't know about danger.

We kept one of those kittens who is now grown up.
He is a really big cat called Ginger Tom. Now he looks after his mother.
A wild cat, an ordinary cat that has no owners, sometimes comes to our yard and bullies our cats. Ginger Tom attacks him and protects his mother. She stays on  the verandah and watches while the boy cats fight. Ginger Tom still likes boxes in the office and sleeps in any empty ones he finds. I guess he remembers when he was kitten in his box with Mum and his brothers and sisters.

Kittens and children have to obey their parents when they are young.
This is God's way of keeping them safe. You might say that this is not fair because parents don't have to obey anyone.
But you would be wrong. Grownups obey too.
They obey the policemen and those who make the laws of the land.
And they obey the bosses at work.
Most of all Christian parents obey God, because He knows best and wants us to be safe and happy. Even Jesus Christ obeyed His Heavenly Father.

One day when you grown up you might look after your Mum or Dad.
Just like Ginger Tom takes care of his mother.
But when you are a child you need them to care for you.

"Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Honour your father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise."

Ephesians 6:1,2.


As children grow older they find the desire to "do their own thing" growing stronger within them. It can be difficult for teens to obey parents and teachers. No longer just kids they often want to express themselves in ways outside the home. This is all part of growing into an adult. Remember though that obedience is right in the Lord, and that all people have to obey someone or some rules. Society could not run smoothly at all if we all just did our own thing.
Obedience and laws are there to keep us safe and happy, and are set in place by the Heavenly Father.

Read Ephesians 6:1-4; and  Hebrews 13;17.

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