1. Speak Life
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Our words build a universe around our kids. We have the ability to shape, build, and describe who they are, so we need to speak life into our children. When we look in the Bible, we can see the power of words.
In the very first chapter, God said, “Let there be light,” and the first dawn was created. Jesus brought the dead to life with his words and healed others. And it doesn't stop there, our lives revolve around the power of words too, for example, the words, “I do” join two people together for the rest of their lives.
Paul tells us to “Let everything [we] say be good and helpful, so that [our] words will be an encouragement to all who hear them.” (Ephesians 4:29).
Our words need to lift them up instead of adding to the rest of the world's voices.
Why? Because a parent’s words are powerful. Whoever told us “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” lied. Words are powerful.
Often, they are more powerful that we even realize. If we want to grow our children in the healthiest atmosphere possible, we must recognize the power of our words and take responsibility for each and every one.
We need to speak life intentionally over our children the way God has spoken life over us. Here are a few references to speak God’s Truth over your kids.
2. Speak Truth, God’s Truth
The Bible is absolutely full of amazing truths about how God made us and loves us. Tell your children these truths often. Post them all over your house, write them in notes for their lunches, or make them a part of their bedtime routine.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
You are worth dying for. (Romans 5:8)
You are uniquely gifted. (1 Corinthians 12:1-31)
You can do all things with Christ’s strength. (Philippians 4:13)
You can do hard things. (Romans 8:37)
You have a purpose. (1 Peter 2:9)
Your body is perfectly made (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
You are never alone. Psalm 139: 9-10
You are seen, known, protected and called by name. (Isaiah 43:1-2)
You are a citizen of heaven; this world is not your home (Philippians 3:20).
You are never in the dark. God’s Word will help you find your way in dark times (Psalm 119:105).
You are forever loved. (Jeremiah 31:3)
As a mother, I want my words to be life and hope. I long to speak truth over my children, to grow their gifts and encourage their strengths, but it doesn’t happen when I’m simply calling out their weaknesses.
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