When your kids see your face what do they see?

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One way to love your kids is to rejoice in them when you see them. I realize this may take conscious effort at times. But it is important that they know that they are a blessing to  you. 


Proverbs 16:15 says:


When a king’s face brightens, it means life;
    his favor is like a rain cloud in spring,


I realize you are not a king. However, you are the authority that your children see. If you delight in them it matters. It won’t work to say if your kids were more delightful you would be more delighted in them.  God delights in you and in me. This delight is certainly not because of our sterling track record of being wonderful most of the time. He delights in us because we are his. 


Your children are God’s blessing to you. The next time you see one of your children let them see a parent whose face is bright. It matters, it really does.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.