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 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. Moms, pull out a board game, a classic movie, hot cocoa and pop some popcorn. 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.
In our home, I’m the coordinator! If there’s going to be a game night, pizza night, movie night, or a social happening – it’s because I planned it! I’m guessing I’m not alone in this. Growing up, my mother did a great job of creating fun family memories. They weren’t complex or over the top – but they happened! They happened year in and year out, and now the memory of those fun moments give me security, comfort, joy and a bond with my family that will never be broken.
My children enjoy long, drawn out evenings of Monopoly, watching old re-runs of The Brady Bunch, lots of chex mix, and lots of cuddles, back rubs and even wild play with wrestling and nerf gun wars (my husband loves to flip couches and make forts – I must admit the clean freak in me – cringes – but I know that someday these memories will be a balm to their soul in times of trials!)
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!
You have it in your power to delight your husband and children by simply rubbing their back! 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.”
I have enjoyed reading so many of your stories! I so appreciate you joining me on this journey!!! Persevere!