J.R. Miller says “The richest heritage that parents can give is a happy childhood, with tender memories of father and mother. This will brighten the coming days when the children have gone out from the sheltering home, and will be a safeguard in times of temptation and a conscious help amid the stern realities of life.”
This picture of our family pillow fight may not appear tender – but in our house this is great fun! It’s a chance to be silly, laugh, run, and play.
This week’s Challenge is:
Keep your candle going, the music playing, and add some tender moments with your family. Have a pillow party
in the family room and get out every blanket and pillow in the house and be cozy with the kids or your hubby! Even if you live alone you can do this. Enjoy a cozy evening
of hot cider and caramel corn. Give a 5 minute back rub to every single person in your house
…and for a double challenge- try to give one every day to each family member! During your tender moment with the family, ask them how they feel about this challenge. Are they enjoying it? Is it helpful? Is there anything they would change. Give your family listening ears.
A wise mother knows how to have fun and how to be tender. She knows the healing touch of her hands. Jesus used his hands to touch and heal many. There is power in the gentle expressions of love through warm embraces, cuddles and back rubs. God made backs with nerve endings that simply enjoy a rub! And you have it in your power to delight your husband and children by simply rubbing their back!
So take the challenge and be intentional about physically reaching out and touching your family this week. No matter how old your children are, they are craving tender affection. Take the time to slow down and fulfill this need.
Mark 10:16 says “And (Jesus) took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.”
Bless your family by learning to live together in peace and tender love.
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I have enjoyed reading so many of your stories! I so appreciate you joining me on this journey!!! Persevere!
Walk with the King!