Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Toddler Tuesday: Nurture

Good morning all you wonderful mommas!!!! Praying your night went well and this fine rainy Spring Day brings a refreshing to your spirit!!!

To start I wanted to encourage you Daughters of the King!!

"A daughter is her father's Joy and her mother's treasure because she quickens the heart. An heiress, she was hoped for and is their hope for the future. As the potential carrier and bearer of life, she is human wealth. Her creation was God's altogether lovely crown of creation, the one who completes."

Women of strength and purpose. You are humanities wealth!!! Isn't that such a beautiful thought!!!

Last night I was chilling in my bath relaxing after a long day and reading  Nurture by Lisa Bevere.
One part totally popped out to me! I thought I would share it today because of how much I believe it lines up with what we've been talking about!!!

We as women, as mothers to those around us, to our own children biologically or in heart we are called to nurture.

Here is a section from the book that I LOVED to explain the concept of Nurturing.

Nurture Defined and Applied

1. Tender Care
    Use this approach when you're handling sensitive areas or dealing with the young. Tender care is a genuine interest and concern coupled with a gentle approach as you tend areas in or instruct the life of another. We are charged to be tender with small children because their spirits are so pliable. There is never a need to be harsh when someone looks up to you.

Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. (1Thessalonians 5:14)

Tenderness is also required when dealing with those who are injured. If you are rough, they will not heal properly.

2. Protection
   This quality is often hard to navigate. We live in a mind-your-own-business world. But the truth is, as Christians we are to be involved in each other's worlds. If we see others at risk or in harm's way, we should intervene to see that damage is prevented. If we are in fact one body, then we are not isolated, and an injury to on is an injury to all. To protect is to prevent harm or damage from occurring. To know when to get involved, I try to turn the story around: if I were in the other person's shoes, would I want someone's input? If so, the I speak up. Meddling is messing without the motive to help.

If we are in fact one body, then we are not isolated, and an injury to one is an injury to all.

3. Encourage
   Over the years I have found this to be the most priceless gift you can give or receive. To encourage is to gift another with courage, hope and confidence. The world is filled with those whose hearts are failing them. There is widespread fear of loss on ever level. For you simply to tell someone you believe in him or hug her is huge. Encouragement is in its purest form when encouraging someone lends no benefit to you.


I love how God confirms things when you are genuinely seeking guidance!!! Lines up with our parenting goals eh???!!! WOOT WOOT!!!

So how would you relate these three points to parenting?

How can we change or enhance our mothering to include these vital aspects of Nurturing to the children within our influence??

~God teach us how to parent in a tender way, protecting in vital moments and encouraging their spirits through out each day!!~

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