As parents, one of the things that we want most for our kids is that they grow to be happy, healthy, and confident adults.
And one simple way that we can do that is to spend quality time with our kids, reminding them daily that they are special and that they are loved.
Reminding them, too, that God loves them and that through them, His light shines is another super-important piece to remember.
Recently one of my friends published a book that focuses on just this fact. The book is called, ‘God Made Light‘, and it’s beautiful and important and moving.
It’s something that every child should have on his or her bookshelf and a perfect addition to bedtime–or any time–reading.
You’ll love it.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- A Must-Read For Raising Confident Kids–‘God Made Light‘:
I’ve known that my pal Jessica and her husband were working on this book for quite some time, so when it finally arrived at my door, I was over the moon.
And it was even more amazing than I imagined it to be.
The message of God Made Light is simple: that God made light and that light shines within all people. And that it’s our job to share the light with others.
I love it.
So even when times are tough for our kids, when they are having a tough day or are afraid of the shadows or when the sun sets, that need to remember that they are important and special and loved.
One of my favorite passages from the book is:
‘Cause you’re just like the sun
and the moon in the sky. . .
You’re as lustrous as twinkles that dazzle the eye.
You’re as splendid as lightening,
when it flashes so bright.
’cause on the day you were born,
God said, ‘Let there be light!’
Written by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by Matthew Paul Mewhorter, this book is the perfect combination of engaging, rhythmic language, a meaningful message, and engaging illustrations.
My kids love it. Cora has asked for it every night for the past few weeks. And without question, I’ll read it.
And to carry on the message of love and light and confidence, I’ve also been sending the kids to school with the God Made Light Encouragement Notes for Kids: 32 reminders that God’s light shines in you.
Love, love, love them.
Along with our Positive affirmation notes for kids, it’s a rockstar combination. And the fact that the notes carry on the same messaging as this special book? Rockstar.
My feeling is this: the more that we talk about the fact that each one of us–including our children–carry God’s love with us everywhere, all day long and all through the night, the better.
I’m hoping that knowing they are not alone as they walk into these crazy tween years will make it that much easier for them.
I’ll give this book to my nieces and nephews for Christmas, and I’ll give it as gifts for Baptisms and First Communions. I love it.
And I do believe it’s the perfect thing for all families to find under the tree this season.
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- Find the book on Amazon.com. Buy God Made Light book. Use Amazon Prime for free shipping.
Tons of great resources on the God Made Light website. Definitely check them out: http://godmadelight.com/
It’s heartbreaking for us as parents to watch our little loves go through the inevitably difficult pre-tween, tween, and teen years. Let’s do what we can to make them as seamless and enjoyable and meaningful as we are able.
fyi: Though I did receive my copy of God Made Light from my friends Jessica and Matthew Paul Turner, my opinions here are all my own, influenced only by my experience as a parent and educator. Affiliate links are used in this post