Encouragement in a Lunch Box

Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.                  1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Lunch box notes.

It has never been something I ever really thought much of-leaving notes in my childrens’ lunches to brighten their day while at school. Truthfully, I consider packing lunches to be mundane, a back to school task I actually despise. However, once I gave my children this mundane task of packing their own lunches, I still felt the need to do something to add that “Mommy’s Touch.” Add to this the self-loathing comments I have heard from my six-year old’s mouth,  and the lunch box notes become a small ritual, a small touch of Mommy that I now consider important in letting my children know I am thinking about them, and love them while they are at school.

Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” Ephesians 4:29

Lunch box notes.

 There are also so many times I can’t find the words to encourage my children. I often stumble over words to reassure my daughter that her forehead is not too wide, to express love to a 4 year old who doesn’t show much emotion, and to relate to a teenager. Yet, our children will hear so much junk in their daily lives-criticisms, hurtful words, temptations, and many other things that will make them feel inadequate, imperfect, and unloved. My lunch box notes could provide a respite from their internal thoughts of imperfection, but there is one note that can help them accept all their flaws and odd behaviors. A note that shares a love that is greater than even that of a Mommy-God’s note, the one that says:

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”     Jeremiah 31:3

So, when our children have been beaten and shattered by the words of friends, by the images of so-called perfection on television, by the lies they are told by society and the devil, and on those days when a note left by Mommy in a lunch box are not enough to rebuild a broken spirit; the promise of God’s love and acceptance most certainly is! 

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