Your kids have to know how much you love them.

“We are so proud of you and we love you very much.”

Have you ever told your kids that? Have you thought it in your heart but never told your kids verbally?

On the weekend we had a few close friends and our family welcome Matilda into God’s family through her baptism. It was a special moment to witness her being baptised.

Before this, I spoke to Oliver and Matilda. I said on behalf of Lisa and I, “We love you and are so proud of you. You are the joy of our lives.” This was a very special moment for both of us.

Matthew recounts Jesus’ baptism in the bible like this, “After his baptism as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

Our thoughts were that if God as our Heavenly Father, the Creator of the universe, speaks openly about how much joy His Son gives Him, then we should follow that model.

I’m not sure what it is, but when you speak to your kids openly and honestly how much you love them in a public space, something happens deep inside us and them. This moment pulled our heart-strings and brought tears to our eyes.

Sure our kids are young and Matilda is only 5 months old, but when we feel this in our hearts then why wouldn’t we want to tell them.

As parents we have a huge role to play in our kids upbringing. We as the primary role models in their life, have to speak love and encouragement more often than not. Their future depends on it.

So don’t delay.  Tell your kids how much they mean to you. They have to know how much you love them.

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