Waste Not, Want Not

Quality time is so important more than ever for our families today. Children need to feel love and support from their parents and siblings. I believe that a family that prays together stays together. The same goes for playing…a family that plays together stays together. Our children need to know that they are important to us, and often that is communicated through spending quality time with them.
The Bible speaks of children as arrows (Psalm 127:3-5). So as a parent, we take aim, pulling back the bow and launching them into the world. The target that they hit depends, in large, on the amount that you invest in them today. The Bible says in Ephesians 5:16, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” In our current day and age it is crucial to make sure that our children are not left to the hands of social media, television, or even school teachers or daycare workers for their moral, spiritual, and emotional foundation. Today is the day to sit with your child and not just make a memory but take the time to share the truth of God’s Word with them. Psalm 118: 24, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

I consider quality time as the parent spending time with their children and focusing only on them. No phones, no computers, no TV! For our children to get a sense that they are loved and valued, you have to be prepared to spend some time with them. Some fun quality times I spent with my children, were game nights, cooking together in the kitchen and driving up to the mountains to get out and explore God’s nature that is all around us. We talked about HIS creation and all its wonders. All schedules are different and demanding, but actively seeking times that you can carve out for your children is vital! Whether it’s just making a quick bite to eat, playing a game in the backyard, or taking a vacation; whatever you can do, even if it’s small, will mean the world to them!
Home truly needs to be a refuge for your children (and you). Remember to listen to what they are saying, invest interest in them individually. Offer praise and more than anything, reaffirm your love. If you hope to influence your children, they will likely be influenced to the degree that they know they are loved.

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