My home is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. When I was a teen, my Minnesota church choir came to Colorado. (Truth be told, I can’t sing a note but signed up for choir because of the trip out west. Thankfully the director took bad singers and those with selfish motives. I fit into both categories.) As the bus made it’s way on I70 west, I could see the mountain range. As we rolled further west, the mountains disappeared behind the closer foothills. Now I get to see those same foothills everyday. Imagine having a faith to move those mountains, those foothills? That would be impressive, right? But in God’s economy it would amount to nada. What does love have to do with it? EVERYTHING. Listen up, Tina Turner.
The best gift we can give our kids on Valentine’s or any other day of the week isn’t material items or even showing off by moving a mountain. (Okay if you could push a mountain around you would totally rate in the most cool parent department.) The best present is our presence. US. Time with mom and dad talking, hanging out, playing games, laughing. All that spells L-O-V-E. The most precious, meaningful gift. And that’s according to God. Since He is love- I guess he knows what he’s talking about.
Parenting Tip: Carve out time into your week where you are just having fun with your child. Love endures forever!
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About the Author
Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.