Everlasting Love – Special Replay
Everlasting Love – Special Replay
Love that is everlasting is something we all crave. In family life, we sometimes miss the forest because the trees get in the way. In this podcast, we cover ways to have a family that is filled with grace and love!
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I believe all moms hope and pray that their children understand how much we love them. So much of our day when they are little is making sure they stay alive, especially when they are mobile. We cover electrical outlets, put up barriers for stairs and rails on beds. We put locks on cabinets and decide we are not using toxic chemicals because we want our children protected. Whether you are the lovey-dovey-gushy mom or one who says I love you by being strict, it all boils down to the same thing. We want our kids to understand they are loved.
As an aside, it is sometimes difficult as busy parents who have so many things going on at the same time that we must separate the discipline from anger. If we are upset, leave the “penalty” until later. Sometimes we take our children’s love for granted but that love can be damaged by discipline that they feel is unjust. I ask my children what they did wrong (if they don’t know I tell them and ask again) and when we are finished I tell them I love them.
God’s love is unconditional. He loves us not matter what we do, but he hates the sin and loves the sinner. A difficult concept to explain to children. 1 John 4:8 – The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
I’ve told my now grown up kids that they will always be my babies. My home has displays of pictures instead of art. In my eyes, it is priceless art, more valuable than anything. How do we take that love for our children and translate it to everlasting love that will last their lifetime? I believe this only happens with faith. Only God can give me the grace I need each and every day. Yes, there are things you can do to encourage love within your family, but often it is the grace from above that sustains us.
Important points to remember:
- Love is shown without words.
- Love is a sacrifice. Enough said.
- Love is never equal.
- Love is never fair.
- Love must be authentic, or it isn’t real.
- You can’t fake love
- Love takes work.
- Love may not be reciprocated.
- Love can be heart-breaking.
- Love is worth it.
God made us to love and be loved. If we are filled with the love of God that love will spill over to those in our family and friends. My co-author on the Media Angels Creation Science Series, Jill Whitlock was one of those people that often was asked the question, “You are different, why are you so happy?” People wanted what she had. What she had was the love of God. She went from atheist to agnostic to Christian. A super-charged in love with Christ, Christian. When she died in 2007, I have no doubt it was into the loving arms of our Lord. She showed this love her family, to me, her friend and to strangers on the street.
Everlasting love is a reminder that God loves us and we should spend time daily in the Word, in prayer, and in quiet. Model this for your children. Ask God for the grace for those situations that come up in life that we can’t deal with. He is there for us. As I record this in the month of February I’m reminded of the world’s idea of love with candy, flowers, and gifts. Yet, it is still a reminder to all of us to celebrate love this month. In our home, our kids say I’ve deprived them of candy, so these few times they get treats they are treasured.
Remember to talk to your children.
- Remind them you love them.
- Remind them it is out of love (I care for you) that your reprimand or punish.
- Say, “I love you,” when you see your child or when they go to bed at night. I end phone calls with, “I love you.”
- Write love notes and encourage them to write notes to each other and to you.
- Keep a stack of red construction paper hearts with Scripture verses, I’ve included a sheet for you to print out here in the show notes.
My husband tells our children, home is where you should feel safe. Where you should come to us with your problems or concerns. Where you know we love you and we are here for you at all times. Not only in the good times but when you are struggling. Everlasting love. That is the greatest gift we can give our children.
I hope you enjoy these printables. I Love You Hearts – VintageHomeschoolMoms
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VHM-327-LoveThatLasts.mp3 (15:28, 25MB)