Director of Christian Education Message


Happy summer friends and family! I hope you’re enjoying the weather, time off (as you’re able) and schedules that are a little less cluttered. Summer seems to be a season when we get to spend a little more down time with one another and work on the relationships that God has blessed us with. 

Because I’m a Mom and a DCE I think about the relationships we have with our children. God has blessed Blake and I with two daughters and it’s our responsibility to care for and nurture them; give them what they need. It’s also important that I foster and nurture relationships with the children in my care who are part of the Cross Lutheran Church and School family. It’s often good for me, and for all of us, to be reminded of the ways we can care for our kids. 

I love The Five Love Languages tool that Dr. Gary Chapman has created. It has helped me to better understand myself and how I best feel loved. It’s also great for discovering how others feel loved. God made each of us unique and Dr. Chapman uses a “love tank” analogy to help us understand how each of us gets our tank filled up. If you’ve never heard of the love languages before, here are the five styles that Dr. Chapman lists: Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Gifts, Acts of Service, Physical Touch.

In terms of our children, and depending on how old they are, you may have a good idea of which language style your child most often desires. There is a “quiz” that you can take if you’re not sure or would like more information on the styles. Gary spends some time in his book discussing the importance of filling your child’s tank daily. Loving your children without conditions is important to the foundation of their development. 

As Christians we know what it’s like to be loved despite our faults or behavior. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8) Because we know this kind of love, we should also want to share this same kind of love with those around us. Even when it’s difficult. It’s important that we share love with our children, not just in words, but also in our actions. Even if we don’t feel in the “loving” mood, we can still use actions to show love. 

As you have down time this summer, I encourage you to make some memories and work at being intentional in filling up the love tanks. Establish some good, healthy habits within the relationships in your home. These habits will come in handy when life gets more stressful and our calendars get filled up come the start of Fall. 

As always, I’m here to pray for you and encourage you as you lead your households. And know that we have the greatest example of love and forgiveness in Christ, Jesus. Because of Him, our love tanks get filled to overflowing. Because of Him, we are able to love others the way He loves us. 

In Christ,

Hailey Jo

dce@crosslcms.org 

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