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Question: There is only one child close to my daughter's age in the near vicinity, so they naturally have become playmates. Her little friend comes from an agnostic family, and is loud, disobedient, disrespectful, and messy. I can usually minimize the negative effects of their play times, but recently something came up that I was completely unprepared for. My daughter's little friend declared loudly, "A girl can marry a girl, you know. It's perfectly okay, and when I grow up, I'm going to marry a girl." My husband's view is "I don't want my daughter playing with that child any more!" I would agree, except that then she will have no one to play with, unless we call and arrange an appointment with a more appropriate playmate. Besides, the family is so friendly, and it would be awkward to explain that we don't appreciate their daughter's negative influence!

Dear Mom,

Your husband is correct. You are in  charge of the people that your dear little girl plays with. It is not just what she said that is hurtful but that her behavior is counterproductive to the lessons and teaching that you are trying to provide. If the family is so friendly then why have they raised such an obnoxious little girl? Remember that our children are not given to us so that we can throw them to the wind but so we can return them to Jesus. Pray for the courage to face this issue and for appropriate friends for your little girl.

Let us pray our prayers this morning for all those children that are in homes where there is no presence of God. This is the ultimate child abuse and one that goes unchecked daily. Let us pray that our nation will again become One under God with lives and examples fitting to this call. Amen.

Sending out a prayer,

Rita Munn

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