A Child Who Is Loved

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My purpose each day is to encourage you in your vital role as mama. Today I want to encourage you in one of the most important things you will ever do for your children.

Mama love is as basic a need for the human soul as air, water, and food are to the human body. Please make sure that each of your daughters knows you love her and each of your sons know you love him.

Mother and Child in San Juan Puerto Rico 1942 Library of Congress
Mother and Child in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1942
Library of Congress Photo

No son should ever feel that he is less valuable than anyone else in his mother’s heart. No daughter should ever feel that she is less valuable than anyone else in her mother’s heart.

Show love with your eyes, with your smile, with your concern, with your attention, with your time, with your sacrifice, and with your heart.

A mama recently shared with me her love and concern for a wayward adult child. As we talked, she spoke of how mamas have to stay true to their children and keep on trying with them no matter how much it may hurt. She talked of the need to pray for our children and about how they have no one else who loves them so much.

Do you know anyone who did not grow up cradled in the loving nourishment of a mama’s love? Maybe you didn’t grow up with that loving nourishment yourself. Many who grew up that way find living so hard. They find loving so hard.

Perhaps hardest of all is receiving love. Some people who grow up without their mama’s devotion hurt everyone who tries to get close to them. When they spend time around people who truly love them, that love hurts because it isn’t coming from that mama whose love they long for so much. Their souls are hungry for mama love like a starved person hungers for food.

Another mama told me a while back that her daughter-in-law verbalized to their whole family that their family’s love and closeness felt good to her son, but because of the painful childhood she endured, their family’s love and closeness hurt her. How very sad for love to hurt.

People can overcome the lack of a mama’s love. I have known some amazing people who have thrived in spite of this stumbling block, but we certainly don’t want to put a stumbling block in the way of our children.

You can give your children many things today. Make sure that your love is first and foremost.

But we proved to be gentle among you,
as a nursing mother tenderly cares
for her own children.
1 Thessalonians 2:7



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