permission from: www.freedigitalphotos.netBetter yet, have you given your child the stink eye?
It's usually best implemented after you've told your child something with instruction, such as "don't touch the stove while it's hot or you'll get burned" or "don't text anything you don't want the whole world to know, because texts are not private."
When my daughter was a toddler and her fingertip blistered where she'd touched the hot wood stove when I wasn't looking, I gave her the look and said, "did you touch the stove?" Her pained expression told of the fact that she realized too late that I was right.
And when your teenager comes home in tears when her private text message was forwarded to the wrong person, as parents we give them the look. Only, when you love your child, it's not a true "stink eye" full of spite and ugliness, it's full of grace and mercy. It looks into the truth of the matter in love.
Peter got "the look" from Jesus.
What do you suppose Peter saw in that look?
Of course none of us knows for sure, but based on the fact that Peter had been the first to confess Christ among the disciples, walked on the water to Him, welcomed the risen Christ, and then became the point man at Pentecost---I think Jesus' look was one of convicting Truth, followed by mercy and grace when Peter continued to seek Christ's way.
This week Jaime sent back my critiques for the first five chapters of my current manuscript. In large capital print in the right margin are the words--WE NEED MORE EYE-CONTACT to make this come alive!
Jesus is no longer here to give us that eye-contact to make us come alive, but He sent the Holy Spirit in His place. If you've ever felt the Spirit move, you might imagine "the look". Embrace the truth. Peter did, and God built His church on that foundation. Don't miss "the look".....followed by grace and mercy that comes with repentance.
Luke 22:54-62New King James Version (NKJV)
54 Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance. 55 Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56 And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, “This man was also with Him.”
57 But he denied Him,[a] saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.”
58 And after a little while another saw him and said, “You also are of them.”
But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”
59 Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.”
60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!”
Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster[b] crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows,[c] you will deny Me three times.” 62 So Peter went out and wept bitterly.
Don't miss the look. Don't miss out on mercy and grace.
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.
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