There are so many ways to show our family and friends that we love and care about them. Often people discuss how important knowing each other’s love language is in order to best show your love for one another. While this truly is a wonderful way to reveal your love for someone, it doesn’t always have to be that complicated.
As part of the A Season of Joy journey, we’ve been focusing on showing our family that we love them by being loyal. This is an important step because loyalty within the family as our children grow up will encourage them to be a part of our lives even when they move out on their own.
Next, we’re going to begin showing our love for our family in a different way. Honestly, I believe that this step will be harder for me because it doesn’t come naturally. It is essential that I work on this area though, because I know that it is one of my biggest flaws.
You can’t create a loving home just by pursuing it all by yourself. I encourage you take time to include them in this journey towards A Season of Joy with you by using at least one of the family activities from each step.
How to Pursue Love in Your Home
You can encourage love to grow in your home by being optimistic! You can do so by speaking positively and believing the best of your family — every family member.
As a parent being optimistic is hard – especially when you’re in the trenches of motherhood. Yet, it is essential that we do not always expect our children to fail.
As we are raising them it is our responsibility to teach them right from wrong. We need to allow them the opportunity to do what we’ve taught them — this is how they grow!
Our children need us to believe in them and let go of our apron strings. When our children fail or make a mistake, we need to instruct them as to where they went wrong, but we must be diligent to do so in an optimistic way – not “beating” them up.
We need to remind our children that these moments are for learning and that God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness are perfectly abundant for these times. It is essential that we ensure that our children know that a mistake today does not mean they’ll fail forever.
They need to know that everyone makes the wrong choice sometimes, including us, but that we believe in them.
After all, tomorrow is another day.
* Begin each day with prayer as a family asking God to help each of you to be optimistic, expecting the best of each other
* When you ask your children to complete a task ensure that you have a hopeful, confident tone revealing that you believe that they will complete the task as requested
* Give your children the opportunity to do something that they want to do but you hadn’t allowed before – be optimistic that you have prepared them to do well and that they will!
Remember, even if being optimistic doesn’t come naturally to you, it can become a part of who you are simply by seeking the Lord and asking Him to work in and through you!
If you’d like more encouragement, tips and prayer for this journey, I would love to have you join me on a journey to A Season of Joy in my private Facebook group.