One of the hardest places to control our tongue is at home- with our children. Let’s be honest. Home is where the REAL me comes out. This is where the good, bad and ugly all converge.
The truth is many times I get so caught up in shaping my children that I forget my own heart needs some serious shaping first.
We need to recognize and remember as moms that words. are. powerful.
As image bearers of our great God, we are called to use our words carefully. And I know… I know it is hard. When we are tired, weak, and overwhelmed it. is. hard. But we MUST remember the words we give our children now will travel with them through life.
As you consider how to use your words to strengthen your children, here are three ways words can be used as “weapons of good”.
1. Use your words to PREPARE (teach) What do you want your children to know?
The New Testament records for us that Timothy had a mom that taught him the Bible from a very early age (2 Timothy 3:14-15). Her words were used and meant to prepare young Timothy to enter the world grounded in God’s Word. One of the best ways a parent can prepare their child is by teaching them the truth and promises of the Bible.
2. Use your words to PRODUCE (mission) What do you want your children to do?
The gospel of Luke records that Jesus “was filled with joy” when the disciples came back doing what he had taught them to do. As moms, we can use our words to help produce in our children a real and genuine love for the world.
3. Use your words to PROTECT (identity) What do you want your children to be?
Behavior flows out of being. This is in part, why the Bible advises us to “guard our hearts.” Jesus heard words of love, affirmation, and confidence. He was a son, wrapped in the affection of HisFather. Before he did anything, he knew who he was. Our children need to find who they are in light of what God says about them and what we speak over them.
Moms, I pray that the words we speak would be the overflow of hearts, changed by Him, to change them.