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September 1, 2017, 3:18 PM

RAISING EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY KIDS!


Proverbs 15:23 says, "A person finds joy in giving an apt reply- and how good is a timely word."                                                                                                           It's also been said that : "If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others."                                                Billy Graham has frequently shared this story:                                                                                                                                                                                                      "A man and his wife visited an orphanage where they hoped to adopt a child. In an interview with the boy they wanted, they told him in glowing terms about the many things they could offer him. To this he replied, "If you have nothing to offer except a good home, clothes, toys, and other things that most kids get, and thats all, I'd just as soon stay here." The hopeful, but confused parents said, " Well, what on earth could you want besides those things?" The boy replied, "I just want someone to love me."                                                                                                                                                                            I can gaurantee you that what every child most wants, is the LOVE OF HIS FAMILY...including the love of their Grandparents! The Grandparent/child relationship is second only tot he Parent/child's connection in a child's emotional growth.                                                                                                                    Feeling parental (and grandparental) love and acceptance is critical to every child's emotional and Spiritual development. KIDS flourish in the unconditional love of the entire family! All children struggle emotionally as they move through various stages of development....but we can help them, by showing them unconditional love. Unconditional Love, is what our children, and Grandchildren want and the need the most from us. SO....we can pray that our children, and grandchildren, will be certain of the love that we have for them. And we can certainly ask the Lord to help us to point them to Jesus...the one who loves them best!                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HERE ARE SOME OTHER THINGS WE CAN PRAY FOR:                                                                                                                                                                              1.) Pray that our children/grandchildren feel secure in the love of their parents and grandparents. (Eph. 6:4)                                                                                    2.)Pray that our children/grandchildren feel our affection.                                                                                                                                                                                3.)Pray that our children/grandchildren have tender memories of their childhood.                                                                                                                                  4.)Pray that our children/grandchildren feel the support and prayers of family during the hard times of life. (Phil. 4:6)                                                                   5.)Pray that our children/grandchildren receive honestly affirming words and actions from their families. (Eph. 4:29)                                                                     6.)Pray that children/grandchildren adopt healthy, compassionate, and realistic ways of thinking about themselves and others. (Phil. 4:8)                                May God Bless all parents and Grandparents with Biblical knowledge, and huge amounts of unconditional love. Pastor Doug.


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