“Good Job, Mama”
Our granddaughter Clara turned two on May 28, just a few days before she, her parents, Ray, and I headed west for three homeschool conventions. I was privileged to ride beside her all the way there and back. Our total driving time to, between, and from conventions was sixty-eight hours. That does not count driving to our sightseeing side trips! I got to ride beside Clara on those, too. I loved every minute of it. Mary Evelyn (who is our daughter, Nate’s wife, and Clara’s mama) was in the driver’s seat when we returned home after our seventeen days on the road. When we pulled into our driveway, Clara exclaimed: “We’re here! We found it! Good job, Mama!” Genuine praise always feels good. It feels good to receive praise and to give it. Life is filled with opportunities for praise. Reasons to praise God are always around us if we open our hearts to them. Reasons to praise our children are all around us, too; we just have to pay attention. What a blessing for children to grow up hearing praise to God, praise for other people, and praise directed personally to them. The praise of a parent sinks deeply into the heart of a child. It is essential nourishment for his heart, soul, mind, and even his body.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24, NASB
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise,
dwell on these things.
Philippians 4:8, NASB
When we dwell on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, reputable, excellent, and worthy of praise, praise will be on our lips and our children will hear.