Children heal one’s soul
An English Proverbs says, “The soul is healed by being with children”. Just one hug from a young child or a sloppy kiss from your toddler and you are in love. There is nothing quite as delightful as hearing the gurgle of a child’s laughter.
Pretty soon everyone in the room is smiling or laughing too. The healing of our souls takes place, and we are reminded that that hope is alive.
God reminds us day in and day out that He delights in the innocence of youth, that He has good plans for humankind and that He loves us.
Our ceiling is their springboard
In an excerpt from my yet to be released second parenting book, I write:
“My spiritual ceiling is my children’s floor. As I contemplated raising my children in a faith-filled home, I realized quickly that their basis for faith started from where I was at right now. My generation experienced God is a specific way. I started following Jesus when I was 17 years old and experienced a sovereign move of God’s Spirit in a way that transformed me forever. Neil and I got married, and after a while, our home was filled with giggles and snuggles. Our son and a daughter. They have never known a home without the peace and presence of God in it. They have grown up with having dreams and visions, with us talking about a living relationship with the creator of heaven and earth. Indeed it is a privilege. My generation’s ceiling has become their springboard into greater things of the Spirit than ever before. “
We see this principle expressed in Scripture. Consider David and Solomon written about in the Old Testament. God spoke to David and told him that it would be his son that would build the temple. So, what did David do? He prepared his son as a Father should for the future. You can read the full story in the books of 1 Kings and 1 Chronicles. As time passes, we learn about David and his son, Solomon, in 1 Chronicles 22: 6-9.
A father’s impact is lasting
A father that treasures his son or daughter and longs to leave a legacy through them is a good father. Secondly, a good father disciplines his children with love and empathy. One of the ways we show love to our children is through wise discipline. To emphasize, discipline isn’t punishment; it’s a correction for future behavior that leads to life.
Thirdly, a good father prays for his children because he loves them. Through prayer, we bring our requests and concerns to our Heavenly Father. He guides us parents with wisdom to raise and release the generation into their purposes and destiny. Love is made manifest through prayer.
Children thrive when they know they belong.
“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don’t function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick,” explains Brene Brown.
Every person has an inherent need to belong. Belonging is fundamental to our wellbeing. Wise parents create a place of belonging for their children.
In another excerpt, I speak into this thought:
“Contentment and identity are found in belonging. When our children know that they belong and are safe, they can grow and develop into who God made them be. We should find ways to remind our children that they belong – in your home and your hearts. Remind your children that it’s not what they know, but who they are – and that matters more. Remind them that they are loved. They are wanted. They are accepted and that they belong, just by being who they are.”
A mothers view.
To illustrate a mother’s heart, one woman explained, “My worldview sees children as amazing with God-given potential, valued contributors and world-changers. They are our next generation, the leaders of tomorrow. Children are worth the heavy investment. They are a blessing, not the center of the family, but also — an arrow to cultivate. Children are precious and in our care, but they belong to God. Each child is unique; they are highly valued.”
Children are a gift to parents, a treasure and a joy. They are a blessing and not a burden. Another mom exclaimed, “My children are my life’s greatest purpose and calling.”