In his image

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

Sometimes it is hard for me to remember that my children are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God himself. I need to be reminded of this on a regular basis. When you look at your children knowing that they have been created in God’s own image you just have to try to find something positive to say to them even on the worst of days.

This week I chose to find something positive to say to my children each and every day. Kids need to hear positive feedback. Even the littlest comment can change how a child is thinking and feeling. Sometimes we focus so much on the negative things and correcting our children that it is hard to remember to say positive things to them.

Madilyn actually made it very challenging for me to be positive this week. Those of you who know her are probably thinking, “yeah right, she is such a little angel.” Well let me just tell you, she has you all fooled. She can be a little difficult and hard to handle some days. She is at a stage in development where she wants to be in total control and she wants to do everything her way. She has kept both David and I very busy the past few weeks. I really can’t wait for this stage to be over. Even in the midst of all of the negative things going on with her I was able to find something positive to say to her each and every day. It was such a delight to see her face light up upon hearing words of encouragement and praise.

It was much easier to find positives to say to Caleb this week. He is doing better with his driving. He did  almost get us hit by a bus one day, but hey he is doing much better at parking and has more control when making turns. I was able to comment on his improvements almost daily. Additionally he is working hard to maintain and bring up his grades so I was able to make positive comments on that front.

What is it about being a mother that sometimes blinds us to the fact that kids are kids and they sometimes do bad things? In the midst of the bad things they do we still need to take time to acknowledge the good things they are doing.

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2 Responses to “In his image”

  1. Heidi says:

    I so struggle with that. I guess my blinders stay so focused on the wrong they are doing that it becomes difficult to find the positive. It seems that my heart is just trying to guide them the right way but praise becomes difficult to roll off my lips. I will challenge myself today to work on positive praise. Thanks!

  2. Donna says:

    Praise is hard for me too, especially when it seems like for every one good thing that happens 10 bad behaviors or messes happen. I guess like anything it takes practice…. so I will continue to practice this during the coming week.