Today I’m reminded of  “The Love Verse” from 1st Corinthians 13.

Specifically verse 7: “It ALWAYS protects, ALWAYS trust, ALWAYS hopes, ALWAYS perseveres!”

The picture above whispers to me that our boys love each other in a Godly way.

Our sibling are often our first friends and I believe, if done right, they are also our best friends. My boys don’t always get along but they are inseparable! At 8 and 6 they still sleep in the same bed at night, even though they have bunk beds.

Although they have a 7 year old cousin that almost has brother status. They want him in the middle when sitting on the couch or at sleepovers. However, after a day or so I find them, not excluding him, but doing things together without him. He, being a only child, enjoys these short lived breaks.

For the most part they like the same characters, books, and games. Samuel is the fearless leader while Benny has an air of caution and a way with words. Before you go crazy thinking they are lovey dovey all the time let me put that thought to rest, they are not!

We have a saying, “You cannot hate your brother. You may not always like him but you must always love him.” We frequently hear them saying, “I really don’t like you right now!”

Through all this I’m trying to relay that when I see that picture I know we are doing it right. It makes my heart happy! That’s why I believe love is so much more than some mushy gushy feeling our society has been led to believe. It is a choice!

We keep choosing to love our brothers and sisters. That’s why our best friends are like siblings to us! They know everything about us and still choose to love us.

We need to be less religious and reach out to people in love because things like this have value far beyond measure. 1st Corinthians 13:1-3 in Momma Rose’s summation says that if I give all my money to the poor but don’t love I gain nothing.

You can acquire skills but if they are not used in love you will still have nothing. This world needs more verse 8 which very simply says Love never fails.

So I have some helpful hints to be a loving family, take from this what you want. They have helped us.

  • No saying “I hate you.” Period!
  • Sometimes in the busyness of life take a moment to just listen to your child(ren).
  • Take any opportunity to cuddle, especially when asked.
  • Sit down and enjoy a movie, even if it is in the middle of the day.
  • Watch that movie you have seen a million times but the child(ren) love!

I CANNOT stress this enough, learn your child(ren)’s love languages! It will change how you react and allow you to help them through different situations. Plus it will generally make life easier for both of you.

Some good books to read:

  • The 5 love languages
  • The 5 Love Languages of children
  • Personality Plus
  • Personality Plus for kids
  • Wired that way
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