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Dec 31

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Blessing Jorryn ~ Days 29 & 30

 

 

Day 29: Turn off your phone, computer, or TV when you child is with you.

 

Wow.. is this something you’re guilty of? I sure am. It’s actually one of my goals for 2013: to be more connected to my kids, and less connected to my electronics. For me, it’s difficult. I stay at home all day, and  I love being able to keep up with the outside world on Facebook and email. I love reading gossip from People during an afternoon nursing session. I like to relax and watch junk TV {Real Housewives, anyone?} while picking up toys. It’s nice to have all this modern technology at my fingertips. What’s not nice is the fact that it can often distract me from precious moments with my boys. Just because I’m home all day doesn’t automatically mean I’m present. There’s a huge difference, and I want to work on being present for my kiddos, not just physically here.

 

Day 30: Today’s focus is love.

 

Do you love your kids? I’m sure the answer is “of course!” But this final challenge made me once again stop and think. What is love? A warm, fuzzy feeling? Sometimes. But it’s a lot more than that. 1 Corinthians 13 stresses all the things that love is and how important it is. Love is patient, love is kind, it is not self-seeking, it does not boast, it rejoices with the truth, it keeps no record of wrongs, it is not easily angered. Love always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. It’s so much more than some warm fuzzies. It’s an entire attitude, an entire outlook, an entire goal. It goes back to once again wanting to be an example for my boys — back to raising them to be incredible men of God. So love isn’t just the hugs and kisses I gave today. It’s the load of laundry I washed and folded when I didn’t feel like it. It’s the meals I made to nourish their bodies. It’s the patience and forgiveness I gave when mistakes were made. It’s an all-consuming, life-altering phenomenon that is born of God’s endless love for me. Of God’s endless forgiveness, mercy, peace, and joy. Today, and everyday, my goal is love. Not just the hugs, kisses, and practical things. But the deep-down, touch your soul, and change your life love.

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