Just a reminder to everyone who reads Freshly Bru’d that this blog reflects my response to what I am currently reading and ideas that are in my mind during the given week. It is not a devotional blog, although there will be times when I will encourage you to look at verses from the Bible.
This week I was
reading about children back in school, colleges beginning their semester, the
emotions that children have as they start kindergarten and the difficulties mom
have sending their child off to school the very first day.
an idea in my mind of the things we should habitually speak to our children
whether they are 2 or 60. Some of the following things might be suited for
children older than 2, others may not work if you are a single parent, but most
need to be said over and over again.
I love you. I will always love you.
No matter what you do, you’ll always be my child. I love you, but I’m still
going to discipline you. Yes, I’ll forgive you. Will you forgive me? I messed
up. You’re so valuable to me. Let’s go to church. Yes, I’ll drop what I’m doing
No, I’m not too busy. You drew that? Amazing! I’m proud of you.
You slipped up, but you’re still precious to me. Can we talk? Let’s hang out.
You don’t have a choice here, you’re two years old. You’re safe with me. Yes,
I’ll help. Honoring God is always the right choice.
Learning to obey mom
and dad is important. Let’s go on a date (mom to son, dad to daughter). Let’s
pray. Love those that nobody else loves. Love others more than you love
yourself. Love and respect those who don’t love or respect you. Serve others
like your life depends on it. Learn to respect those in authority over you (life
will be much easier if you do).
There is no problem so big that you
can’t come to me. You’ll never do anything to lose my love. You have so many
gifts and talents (can I help you use them?). It’s okay to mess up, I mess up
too. Be a good friend. It’s okay to be upset. You can never do anything so bad
that God would desert you.
Do you have any you would like to add? Send
them to me.
P.S. This week we conclude our series “Psalms: A
Playlist for Life.” We will celebrate together with a Communion service and
discover how to praise God at all times both good and bad.