Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Family Heart Moments

Heart moments are what parents long for. The fourteen-year-old who cleans up the kitchen just to see the delight on your face. The eight-year-old who cries that repentant cry when he truly realizes the seriousness of his disobedience. The four-year-old who gives you that big hug and says, “You’re the best mommy in the whole world!”

All of these are heart moments and they not only remind us of the value of parenting, but also they give us encouragement to continue on. Sometimes heart moments happen after weeks and months of hard work. Other times they come more spontaneously. No matter what brought the heart moment on, you want to be ready for it.

Pray daily that God would help you be ready. Be sure to take advantage of opportunities with your kids. Those opportunities may be when you’re driving in the car, or when your child has just had an emotional experience. Be ready. Time and emotions are two of the things that open up the heart. Look for ways to connect and watch what God will do.

(Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN)

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