Five Minute Friday: Loved

The summer is over.  At least, school is back in session.  And for the first time in more than twenty years, we’re not sending a kid back to school.

With two in college this year and grandparenting on the horizon, we step into a new phase of life.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minue Friday Community, today’s word is loved.

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One of the deepest longings of our hearts is the need to be loved.

It gnaws at the soul, it follows us like a lonely puppy, it skirts the edges of our consciousness like  craving for chocolate.

When we live from the solid and secure foundation that we are loved, life is good.

When we question that security, worry creeps in.  And fear and uncertainty.

What a gift to give to a child:  eighteen years of knowing she’s loved.

Our (stolen) philosophy of parenting boils down to two questions a child is asking.  Am I loved?  Can I get my own way?

The answer to the first one is Yes.  Emphatically.  Without question.

The answer to the second one is No.  Unless it’s good for you.  And the timing’s right.  And your work is done.

What a wonderful privilege and opportunity and responsibility:  to demonstrate to a child that’s he’s loved.

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8 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Loved

  1. Anita Ojeda

    It’s so difficult for parents to not confuse love with indulgence, isn’t it? I know I struggled with it when my kids were little. Now I have to struggle with not indulging my grandson ;). But when we take our heavenly father as an example, the way becomes more clear.

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  2. Nannette

    This brought so many memories to my mind!! You will survive this season and be blessed by the ones to come! Especially is there is a grandbaby in there 🙂 Blessings to you from #FMF.

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