It has been over a week since I have written. We have had company and I forget how much time and energy that takes, especially when you don't feel good. The other night we were watching a movie that we rented (it was suppose to be like a Pride and Prejudice type). As the movie went on there were a few things that were said which sort of made you wonder ...if there was a different underlying theme than we thought. Not long into the movie there came on the screen, a terrible scene and no one could move fast enough to grab the remote and turn it off. It was too late the picture was already embedded in our minds. We all went to bed feeling like YUCK! Of course it probably bothered me the most, because I try so hard to protect my home and my family from a lot of the crude and vulgar things of the world and yet it crept in so quickly.
I read a quote the other day from Sheri Dew that went like this... "AS WOMEN WHO CARE ABOUT OUR FAMILIES IN PARTICULAR AND ABOUT THE FAMILY IN GENERAL, AS MOTHERS AND WIVES, GRANDMOTHERS AND SISTERS AND AUNTS, WE NO LONGER HAVE THE LUXURY OF STANDING BY AND WATCHING WHAT IS HAPPENING ALL AROUND US. IT IS TIME TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED."
As a mom I wonder each morning when I dropped my teenagers off to High School, have I done all that I can ...to prepare them for what they will be faced with today? It seems like there is so much out there to destroy the family and to destroy your self worth. Do my kids know who they are? Do they like who they are? Do they believe in their values and morals enough to stand up for them and to protect themselves? All these things go racing through my mind. It is a daily effort to teach them these values and morals. When they were little and left for school each morning I would say "remember you're a WOODARD...and choose the right". They would just roll their little eyes and smile. But hopefully, it did stick in their heads who they were and what was expected of them.
I realize as a mom, the best sermon I could ever give is by my example. I need to do and follow the same principles of integrity and values. I heard it once say "when you save a child you save a generation". So true, I think it is vital for each generation to get better and not carry on the burdens and garbage from the past. As women we have such an amazing influence on those around us, especially children. I do think that it is time to stand up for what we believe, to live it and then spend our whole life making life much better and happier for the next generation.