This post by Jean Matthew Hall is the final one of a ten-part series for parents on the Five Love Languages of Children. It is based primarily on the book The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman & Ross Campbell, M.D. (Northfield Publishing, 1997)
For the Introduction to the series click here. For a brief description of each Language click here. For ways to discover your child’s Love Language click here.
Who is the most perfect parent you can think of? Maybe your own, or maybe not so much.
All parents are imperfect. We are doing the most difficult job on the planet without step-by-step instructions. We fail. We make mistakes. We regret.
Be sure to admit that fact to your kids every time you realize you’ve messed up. Ask them for forgiveness. Ask them to hold you accountable. Ask them to pray for you. Kids can be amazingly forgiving when parents are sincere and transparent.
However, I was actually thinking about the one and only perfect parent—God.
He speaks all 5 Love Languages perfectly.
And He know exactly which Love Language is specific to each of us.
No, God doesn’t extend His hand from heaven and touch us on the shoulder. But He does send other human beings to do that for Him. Accept each hug, he hand-hold, each back-scratch, each tickle, each passionate act as God’s loving hand giving you the touches you need.
Word of Affirmation:
We have thousands of those straight from God’s lips to our hearts in the Bible. Spend time reading it everyday to hear your Heavenly Father saying He loves you.
Every nanosecond of every day God is with us. Whether I can feel His presence or not, He is with me! How do I know that? The Bible tells me so. Read these verses to remind you of His presence when you are feeling alone.
I need to remind myself that the quality of the time He spends with me is dependent upon me.
Look around! Sometime when you’re feeling unloved grab a sheet of paper and a pen. Start listing the gifts God has given you. You know, like: life, health, children, house, vehicle, food, dirty dishes, job, family, friends, church, trash service, automatic washing machine and dryer, a bed for yourself and one for each kid, grocery stores, clean water, school teachers…
Do I need to continue?
Acts of Service:
Oh, my! It amazes me again and again that God delivers acts of service to each of us that speak our exact languages and meet our exact needs day after day.
But the most amazing act of service is His choice to come to earth, live, serve, die, and spend three days not only in the grave, but in hell. Then, to rise again to life eternal. He did this to pay the penalty for my sins against God.
All I have to do to receive this gift of salvation acquired by His act of service is to accept it. Accept Christ as my Savior and ask Him to live inside me and forgive my sins and carry me on to heaven when I die.
There is no greater love than this!