Friday, October 6, 2017

Life-Giving Words to our Children

Words are powerful. Most of us are aware of that and yet, we often fall short in taming our tongue. This is most especially true in parenting. I am one to admit that, taming my mama's tongue is a constant battle. I get physically and emotionally drained. The constant reminders and "keep at it" technique to make sure we raise good human beings are exhausting. Screening our language is easier said than done. How often we say something unkind and ungraceful to our children and beat ourselves down as we lay ourselves in bed? I certainly do.



James 3:6 says, " And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body, It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself".

Pretty profound isn't?

Our mouth, our chosen words can bring a child's future down. It is not about raising a child who believes that he or she is entitled to everything. It is about using life-giving words to discipline our children. Words can deeply hurt and can affect marriages, relationships..friendships. Our children are shaped by our words. It can destroy their "momentum" before they can even reach their potential. The power of our words have as much ability to speak life. Remember that, what we say is important. Words can be as abusive as physical abuse.

What can we do?

GUARDING- we need to be mindful of our words. I know..that can be exhausting. But guess what, aim at guiding our hearts. Luke 6:45 What you say flows FROM what is in your heart.

ENCOURAGE- always choose words of encouragement. The enemy can use an out of control tongue.

GRACE- use grace in all of your conversation and discipline. Can you imagine how graceful God is to us? What if God tells us..I will not love you until you behave good and you do the right thing? We are not God of course but what I am trying to say is we need to be persistent in giving graceful and life-giving words to our children. Our love to our children is not conditional.

 


PRAYERS- if you know that you will be on the verge of an outburst...pause and pray. Imagine how different it will be if you choose to have life-giving words. Now, imagine how terribly different will it be if you will give in to your anger outburst. Trust me, I know its hard. It is a constant reevaluation. A mindful and purposeful commitment.

Word of Life 
by Jeremy Camp 


Word of life Speak to my weary heart
 Strengthen my broken parts 
Lead me to Your open arms 
Word of truth Illuminate all these lies 
The enemy speaks inside In freedom I will rise
'Cause You called me out from the grave So I can live like I've been changed 
There is a new song in my soul 
And it begins when I breathe in Your word of life (Your word of life)
Spirit of God Take me to a deeper place 
Take me out of what is safe I will not be afraid 
Spirit of God Fill me with joy again 
Springing up from within It cannot be contained

'Cause You called me out from the grave 
So I can live like I've been changed 
There is a new song in my soul 
And it begins when I breathe in Your word of life 
The old has gone away
 Only Your love remains I am alive today
 'Cause You called me out, ooh You called me out, ooh
'Cause You called me out from the grave 
So I can live like I've been changed 
There is a new song in my soul
And it begins when I breathe in Your word of life 
Your word of life
Hey The old has gone away Only 
Your love remains I am alive today
 'Cause You called me out

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2 comments:

  1. These words are really important everyday children learn from parents what they say or how they react its real important to behave best and speak right. Very nice writings. Thanks for sharing.

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