Monday, August 20, 2012

I'd Choose You

"Mom, nothing's gone right since I left for school this morning," groaned Norbert.....
"Did you miss the roller coaster ride to school again?" his mother asked. "Well, I got to the coaster stop just in time, but everyone else already had someone to sit with. So I had to sit all by myself."
As he spoke, a big, big tear rolled down his trunk.  "Norbert," his mother said, in her softest, warmest voice, "if I could use my arms to hug only one child, guess which one I'd choose....."

..."If I could use my voice to cheer for only one child, guess which one I'd choose...."

.."if I could give a 'You're Someone Special!" medal to only one child....guess which one I'd choose."

..."if I could help just one child realize what an exciting and wonderful future God has just for him, guess which child I'd choose."

...if I could tell him what an exciting and wonderful future he has, especially on those days when he doesn't get picked....guess which one I'd choose every time.

I'd choose you, forever and always!

"Son, God chose you too. On your worst days and your best days, God's love always shines on you," his daddy said...
                                                                        ------ "I'd Choose You!"   by John Trent




With the new school year starting, I am finding myself very weepy.  {Which really, I'm always weepy. Especially when it comes to my children. What can I say? I'm a weepy mama}.    Even though I'm not experiencing the 'real school' yet, I know time is passing me by so quickly and as bad as I want to stop it, I can't!

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Anyway,  I love the message behind this precious book.

The point being made is as parents we should always remember to give our children 'our blessing.'


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It's not a formal ritual or something complicated or confusing.  It involves five simple steps from the Bible that place affirmation, encouragment, and acceptance right in a child's heart.
  • giving appropriate, meaningful touch, such as a big, loving hug
  • speaking words of affirmation, represented by cheering
  • expressing high value, as seen in the "You're Someone Special Medal"
  • picturing a special future (children often hear parents' predictions about their future with literal effect)
  • making an active commitment to include the blessing as a regular part of their lives

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The author's example of his blessing to his children goes like this:::

"Lord may you bless Kari and Laura today.  May you help them to know how much you love them and what a wonderful future you have for them.  Thank you for all the warmth and love you've put in their lives and how kind and strong they're both becoming.  And Lord, may they always know that we love them, and may they always know that out of all the kids in this world----- we'd choose them.  Amen."

So simple but with such a huge impact on a child's heart for now and all the years to come!


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I pray that you all have had a sweet "first day", and that God will bless your precious ones as they {and you} embark on a new journey!

And may we all always remember to let our sweet ones know that no matter what, we'd choose them!

"The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people,  his treasured possession."  ----Deuteronomy 7:6

2 comments:

Amy said...

I don't like it! I don't like it! I don't like it! Growing tooooo fast!! Not looking foward to those times. I would like that book too. Where did you get it?

Beth said...

I heard John Trent talking about it on Faith Radio. I've had it for a year or so. But you can probably order it from cbd.com

And I know it! I don't like it either!!!!