I have been working on Chapter 5 in the book I am reading,and it really touched me.. I wanted to share….

 

Mastering Motherhood

Chapter 5 – How is God’s Kind of Love Expressed?

Physical Expressions of Love:

Is 66:12-13

God’s kind of Love is Physical

This verse is amazing to me.. God says that he will comfort us as a mother comforts her child.  You can’t do better than that.  The Author also mentions in this chapter how Jesus laid His hands on the children has he blessed them.. and the waiting father in the Prodigal Son (who represents God) kissed his son.  Children need to be touched.. here is a quote from the book.  “We must cuddle our children and coo at them from the start, or later we may feel so awkward that we avoid initiating the kind of physical contact that will meet both their needs and ours.”

 

Verbal Expressions of Love:

John 15

God spoke of his love for the Israelites over and over again.  We need to be reminded because we areaware of our wandering ways and know He has a right to be angry with us.  In the same way, our children must be reassured constantly and verbally that we love them.   They need to know that their mistakes and disobedience, as well as the ensuing discipline, have not alienated us from them. 

 

Time and Attention:

God expresses his love for us by the things He does for us.  He prepared a world perfectly suited to our needs.  God did not create us and then lose interest.  He is available to us every moment and has promised never to leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) We too, prove our love for our children by the kinds of things we do for them.  They know we care deeply for them when we are willing to spend time with them. 

 

Sacrificial Love

God not only provides for us and spends time with us, He “demonstrates his own love toward us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8) No greater proof of God’s Love can be imagined; and the sacrifices we are willing to make for our children will be some indication of the depth of our devotion for them.  These sacrifices are not always evident to youngsters until they reach adulthood.

 

Discipline:

Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  Proverbs 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child…

 

So .. while most people know that discipline is an important part of parenting.. how about the rest??  I think most parents forget about the rest of our roles as moms and dads.. don’t forget to touch your children, hold them, tell them you love them..spend time with them.. treasure them..

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