Thank you for coming back to earth and for sharing what you were taught in heaven and about the importance of our relationships with family and loved ones. Yet technology seems to be taking over and often gets in the way. Do you have any insight on how to deal with this?
"God began to place in my life people who carried spiritual energy that could sustain me along the way. I had been shown during my experience that we draw energy from each other—some people we receive energy from and some draw energy from us—in a constant exchange.”—The Awakening Heart, page 102
Often we feel overwhelmed by the multitude of distractions in this world of technology and find ourselves turning to computers for everything—excluding more and more time with the essence of human touch and authentic communication with our fellow man. We turn to easy access in our communications, texting or leaving a comment on a Facebook page and then sometimes get interrupted and forget to answer all together. These new technologies are a blessing that we want to take full advantage of and use to our fullest benefit, however, they are no replacement for the touch of a hand, a soft kiss on a cheek, a loving embrace or even the vibrant connection we often feel at hearing a dear one's voice.
When we make the time to give quality attention to our loved ones, energy penetrates as it flows from one person to another, opening the way for our spirit to expand and become strengthened, not unlike our relationship with our Heavenly Father through prayer, which is our personal touch with him. Our personal, physical connection, one-on-one with each other, is invaluable when it comes to our children. As parents, we never know when a child or loved one may need our help, and when that time comes, we want them to know they can come to us and express their heart and thoughts while being able to listen and be receptive too. This takes practice, it takes nurturing a physical and emotional connection. It takes more than a text message or Facebook post. As we spend less and less time with our children, mobile devices and other computerized technology, become the child's focus, the child's educator, the child's emotional attachment—and they become addicted. It takes genuine effort spent on connecting one-on-one and as a family, through quality time spent together and gestures of love.
Our gestures of love are like deeds of faith. The Bible tells us that "Faith without works is dead." From our thoughts and desires, seeds are planted. We nurture these seeds with our deeds, our loving actions: a kind word, a reassuring smile, giving of ourselves.
While in the spirit world, I saw that God is Love and Love is giving! Our goal should always be "to have the mind of Christ." And our actions should reflect his loving essence, always! To be Christ like is to set the greatest example of all! We can be confident that as we lend our energy and prayers for others, our growth and direction are connected to a higher plan.
Take the time to build and nurture your bonds with family and loved ones. Put your best foot forward for the strangers that come in and out of your life. Be that example of compassion and kindness for others that will teach your children well. Truly communicate with your loved ones and especially connect with God. Sometimes the most effective lesson for our children is when they listen to us earnestly and lovingly talk to our Heavenly Father.
In summary, fill your life with uplifting words in your physical communication with your children. Do not allow their influence to be left up to the world and its devices. God is well pleased with our commitment to raising our children under his guidance within our individual families. And when our children are grown, we will feel the reward of our efforts many times increased as those loving ripples from our children come back to bless us many fold!