Do you recall the youngest age you were ever left alone?
How young is too young to be alone?
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How Young Is Too Young to Be Left Home Alone? Laws, experts, and parents disagree on what age a child is mature enough to be left at home unsupervised. By Ellen Sturm Niz
One day in the mid 1980s, when I was about 11, I came home from school and turned on the TV. An after-school special was on about “latchkey kids” and their sad, sad lives—left alone at home while their parents worked, at risk of danger and getting into shenanigans. I felt really bad for these poor latchkey kids, and then I realized, “Wait, I’m alone after school because my parents are at work. I’m a latchkey kid!” But I actually enjoyed being alone, wasn’t about to turn on the stove and risk burning the house down, and didn’t feel vulnerable to bad influences luring me into taboo activities. “Hmm,” I thought. “I think this after-school special might be over-dramatizing things a bit.”
Fast-forward three decades and the debate over if and when kids should be left alone rages on. Just this week, Canada’s British Columbia Supreme Court ruled that an 8-year-old boy is too young to stay at home alone from 3 to 5 p.m., no matter how mature his mother believes him to be.
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Becoming a Godly Woman – Growing In Your Spiritual Walk
Many new believers in Christ are surprised when they realize that even though they have given their lives to Christ, they are not perfect. Some were of the opinion that giving our lives to Christ makes us instantly, “super saints”, who never experience failure again. Then, when they find themselves encountering temptations of various sorts trying to allure them back to their old lifestyles, they become alarmed, and wonder if they are really a Christian.
It will take feeding, effort and practice. Continually growing in the Lord will be an awesome experience, because every day with Jesus Christ, drawing closer and closer to Him, will be an adventure that gets sweeter and sweeter and the path to true life, peace, joy and contentment will get brighter and brighter.
Here are a few tips for developing in your walk with Jesus:
- Read your Bible daily. Just as your outer man needs physical food for nourishment, even so your spirit needs the Word of God, so that you can develop spiritually. (Matthew 4:4, 2 Peter 3:18)
- Pray daily. Practice God’s Presence by speaking to Him about everything. Let God in on the affairs of your life. Acknowledge Him in all of your ways and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- Find a church home that teaches the Word of God. You need to be around fellow Christians, so that you can learn from them and grow in the Lord.
- If you miss it, confess your sin. If you sin as a Christian, don’t run from God, run to Him and confess your sin to Him, in Jesus Name. (1 John 1:9) God will not chase you away because you messed up. He will not kick you outside of His Kingdom. He loves you, and knows that it will take time for you to grow and mature in Christ.