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MOMS, What If You Could Only Teach One Lesson to Your Kids? Jenny Price, Mom to Five

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You’re teaching them every day.  Some lessons you’re awake to and others, you’re simply going through the day, doing the best you can, haphazardly moving their hearts – towards what?

If you had JUST ONE lesson to give, what would it be?  If we never think about the goal of influence, what will we really pass along?

Our oldest leaves home in three weeks.  It’s been 18 full years.

We’re not ready.  He is.

And that’s just the way it’s supposed to be.

His Dad asked him the other night, “So, Wil, might we see you at all before you leave?”

“Nope.” (the typical one word, manly response)

And then he added, after the slow pause (used for affect I’m sure)…“You and Mom taught me to love a lot of people.  That’s what I’m doing.”

How do you argue with that?  “You’re right son.  We did that, and we will keep doing that. AND we’d like to carve out time with just you.”

(So, we have.  Right now in fact, he’s sound asleep, before 9pm, on a Saturday night, and he got the real man’s steak portion tonight, alongside both parents, his little sister, and two extra littles.)

We are blessed parents.  Blessed with the hard, the good, that bad, the light, the heavy, the tiring, the energizing.  All of it.

Raising kids is THE MOST full time gig you can ever have (aside from marriage).  And it’s a job that has a time limit on it.  18 years.  That’s what we get.

Some psychologists say we get 8 years to shape them.  That by then, they’ve learned all life patterns.  I believe this to some degree, and they are still moldable.

Each. New. Day.

The days I fail.

And the days I don’t.

The moments I unravel and yell and act impatiently.

And the moments I am still and know that He is God and I am not.

The times we have dinner together once a week, and the times we get three nights in a row.

These are the moments and the fingerprints of childhood.

If it was JUST one lesson we could give (and it’s not), ours would be – Love Like Jesus.

Deeply.  Passionately.  Without reservation.

Without regard for what others will think.

Without figuring out if the receiver will ever “get it” or not.


Just. Love. Like. Him.


“You can’t out-give God.  But you can sure have fun trying.”

“It’s not about us.  It’s about the whole world around us, and them knowing and being loved by God.”

“Notice the ones who are left out.  Look for the underdogs.  The overlooked are usually the under-loved.”

“Love people where they are and let God do the rest.”

“While you’re busy loving people, LAUGH with them, LUNCH with them, LAVISH His love on them as if it’s the last day you will live.”


JUST ONE lesson.  Love.


That’s all I want them all to get.  All five kids.  And just last week, I joked with a friend at church, “I could call it quits now. All five kids have Jesus.  That’s all I ever wanted as a mom.”  (our fifth got baptized last week to announce to the world that he too wants to live and love like Jesus!!!)

But you see it’s not all I ever wanted.  It’s not nearly enough.  Because He doesn’t place His Light inside of us to shine inwardly, selfishly, just on our families and close friends.

He says to Go.  Into all the world.  And Make More Disciples.

So, we’ve been blessed to parent five (so far) and we pray, and we trust, and we love in that direction – that all five will be…

Going. Making. Loving.  

Just Like Jesus.

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twin sisters. living abundantly. loving extravagantly. leading boldly. leaning deeply on Jesus.


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