We should always be caring and affectionate with those whom we love and
show them with our words and our actions how much they mean to us. Many
times we get so busy with the daily routines of life that we forget about
the most important thing; our relationships. We cannot ignore the
importance of spending time with those who mean the most to us. We must
sit with each other, sharing our day, giving and receiving in conversation
and simply taking an interest in what they are going through. We cannot
get so self-involved with what we are doing that we forget to ask how the
day was spent for our children, or our spouse, or our parent, etc. When
we take an interest in their life, they are shown the love that they need
and they will see that somebody does care about them. Neglecting to take
an interest can do harm to a relationship because that one may feel
uncared for or unappreciated and they may close themselves off from us.
That is all the more reason that we should take the initiative and ask how
our loved ones are doing. (John 13:12-17) (Philippians 2:2-3) (Galatians 6:2)
We can ask simple questions such as; how was your day, how are things at
work going, what's new in your life, etc? We can also make simple
statements such as; I've missed you today, I thought about you earlier, I
forgot to tell you I love you yesterday so I want to tell you right now,
etc. We can do simple things to reignite and refresh our relationships so
that our loved ones know how much we love and care for them. What is life
worth without our friends and family? We cannot be in such a rush through
life that we forget what is most important. Be encouraged to slow down and
spend time with those who mean the most to you. By doing so, you will be
ensuring a blessed future surrounded by loved ones for the rest of your life.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to think more on
how you're spending your time with your loved ones. It is a great message
and if it's taken to heart, it can improve how you interact with those who
mean the most to you.
THE POWER OF A TOUCH
Writer Gordon MacDonald said that each night he reads a story to his little
daughter. One day he was preparing to be away from home for a few days and
he taped a selection of stories for his daughter to listen to while he was
When he came back, he was eager to hear his daughter's reaction. She
answered, “Dad, the stories were fine, but it wasn't the same -- I couldn't
sit on the tape recorder's lap.”
Too often we underestimate the power of touch. Negative as well as
positive touch has the power to elicit strong emotions. It can hurt and it
can heal. Touch people in a negative way and you may get a strong reaction
you didn't expect. Touch them in a safe, affirming and affectionate way,
and you'll probably get just as strong a response -- only this one you
Touch is powerful for infants. Newborns who are touched will thrive.
Studies have shown that babies deprived of touch have a significantly
higher mortality rate than those who are held and cuddled by caring adults
-- even when the “touched” babies are reared in unsanitary conditions.
Touch is powerful for teenagers. Teens who are touched communicate better.
Many adolescents assert their independence by refusing to be hugged by
their parents. But most of them will accept a simple back or shoulder
massage. That act of touch communicates love in a powerful way. It will
frequently break down emotional barriers and even help young people to
“open” up and talk about what is on their minds.
Touch is powerful for adults. Both men and women who are touched are
happier and healthier. According to University of Colorado researchers,
most adults would like to be touched more. Holding a hand or offering a
hug can warm hearts and heal relationships like nothing else can.
Touching is powerful. Learn the art of a caring touch and you'll discover
a magical key that opens the lives and hearts of those you care about.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
John 15:11-13 Jesus says “These things have I spoken unto you, that My Joy
might remain in you, and that your Joy might be full. This is My
commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love.”
Romans 12:15-17 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that
weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but
condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of
Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things
are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good
report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these
things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard,
and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: DON'T SAY YOU'RE NOT IMPORTANT
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Today's Selected Testimony: JESUS SAVES ALCOHOLIC UNCLE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry