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.


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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