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Friday roundup: Five things worth paying attention to this week

4.5. 2019 Posted By: Jennie Wintermote

Lately I’ve been thinking about how we show love to children, whether they’re our our adopted children, our biological children, our foster children, our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews, or our children in our church families.

Here are a few of the resources and ways I’d like to focus on:

  1. Read with a child. There are so many benefits to reading with children of all ages. From early language and literacy skills to creating a passion for reading, every page can impact a child. A recent favorite to share with my toddler is The Ways I Will Love You by Rachel Boehm.
  1. Pray for/with a child (and let them know). This is a great one for our church families as well as in our homes. I recently read When I Pray for You by Matthew Paul Turner with my little one. This picture book is great for children of all ages; it shares some of the things we pray over our children.
  1. Talk with a child. Take a minute to stop between worship and Sunday school to ask a child how they are, what they enjoy about school, or compliment the way they are treating a sibling or climbing on playground. It’s amazing how they will remember the adults who take an interest in them. Greet them every week and see what happens. (This is a good reminder for parents or grandparents to remember to take a minute to set aside the screen or work and actually listen to their children too.)
  1. Look for new ways to express your love. There are dozens of lists on the internet with creative ideas and many good print resources as well. A fun one to share with kids is Always Wear Clean Underwear! And Other Ways Parents Say “I Love You” by Marc Gellman.
  1. Tell their story and tell your story. My 2-year-old already loves to look at photo albums and hear about the things she’s already done in her (short) life. Take the time to tell the story of how your beloved children joined your life (the day you adopted them, the day you first met them at church, the day you knew they would join your family). Don’t be afraid to dig out old pictures too, and share about your story before it intersected with theirs–it’s a part of their story too!

And why? Why do we want to share this love? Because God first loved us. When we love, we share the love of God–and that is powerful indeed.

Jennie Wintermote is a native Kansan, an interim pastor, a graduate student and director of the Western District Conference Resource Library. She loves reading, scrapbooking and trying to figure out what it means to live out her faith every day. She also tries to remember to blog at

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