We’ve all had those moments where we’ve said something to someone, or about someone that we’ve immediately regretted. Or maybe you’ve been on the receiving end which I’m sure was hurtful.
Words are powerful, they can either build you up, or break you down! I try to use my mouth to speak words of encouragement every chance I get. Mind you, I haven’t always been like that *hides face in shame* – but as my husband always says, everyone is fighting a battle of some sort, and it costs us nothing to say something positive to someone in hopes of edifying them even if it be for a mere second!
The words we speak have long lasting impact directly connected to our present an future circumstances, whether you speak them on yourself or someone else, whether they be positive or negative, you will reap what you sow… or in this case… what you say.
Most parents are mindful of the words they use around their kids, and rightfully so, children are sponges, what is repeatedly said to them will shape them as individuals, which brings me to today’s post.
I’m big on protecting my children’s environment, I’m fully aware that I cannot protect them from everything and that is not my job, that’s God’s job. What I can do, is edify them through my words.
My mom has taught me to speak scriptures over my children and I do so every opportunity I get! Contrary to popular belief, the fullness of this very world was spoken into existence ( see Genesis 1) and not by a Big Bang!
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
With that being said, below are 5 scriptures I speak/pray over my children:
1.”The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.” – Deuteronomy 28:13
2. “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” 23:6
3. “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” – Psalm91:4
4. ” For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
5. “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
Mind you my kids are very young and may not fully grasp nor understand the depth of these scriptures, but the Bible says start them young ( Proverbs 22:6) It’s all about planting seeds that will take root.
In closing, yes we are responsible for the words we speak over our children, but we have to also ensure that we don’t allow family members/ friends /teachers or whoever “means well” to speak over our children in ways that will negatively impact them.
Words are words no matter who speaks them.
I will leave you with this very fitting quote.
“be mindful when it comes to your words, a string of some that don’t mean much to you, may stick with someone else for a lifetime”
What are some positive affirmations you speak over yourself or your children? Drop ‘ em below!
Until next time!
” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1
pictures by: Chuck Olu-Alabi