Friday, May 31, 2013
Words of Encouragement
Have there been times in your life that you felt discouraged? Do you remember the great feeling when someone encourages you? Children need words of encouragement too. There are so many ways that we can encourage our children. I like the words of encouragement listed below.
Encouraging words are free. They can uplift your child. You can speak words of encouragement throughout the day. There was a time that bullying occurred on the school ground. Now bullying has gone to a new level, cyber bullying is right in your own home. Children’s homes should be their safe haven, not a place where they are fearful.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your path."
When your child is discouraged and feels there is no hope, talk to your child about Jesus. Speak Proverbs 3:5, 6 aloud so that your subconscious hears it. Remind your child that God is there,when it seems or feels like others are not there. It is important to remind children that they can call or pray to God at any time. Do you tell your children to have a good day before they leave for school? Why not try this?
"I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well."
This is another scripture to say aloud. Tell your children they are beautiful and handsome. Let your children know that God made them unique and there is no other like them. I recall twins talking to each other. The one twin stated, “we both like this, let’s play this.” The other twin determines to show individuality, rejected it and responded, “I do not want to play that.” “I prefer this.”
I attended an elementary program and the principal emphasized to the students and parents that employers are looking for problem solvers. Are you encouraging your children to be problem solvers or are you attempting to solve all of their problems? There is a difference. When children suggest a good idea, let them know it. I recall when on a school field trip, most of the children were prepared with mosquito repellant, but none of us expected that the bees were so bad. This one bee kept buzzing around the table as we all tried to eat. This young student just took a paper cup,contained the bee, and that took care of the problem. This student solved the problem. That was a great idea and I told him too.
"I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."
This is my favorite scripture. You sometimes can be your worst enemy. A young lady shared one day that whenever she said something negative, her mother would stand her in front of the mirror and have her repeat that scripture Philippians 4:13. I thought what a great idea.
It is good to acknowledge your child’s feelings. Just as we would not allow someone else to say negative things to us, do not allow children to say negative things about themselves. This is so easy to do when one feels discouraged or sad. We will not feel good all of the time, because we are emotional beings. Still, we do not have to act on our emotions, but rather speak what God says about us. There are many promises in the Bible. We just need to believe them and receive them. What words of encouragement do you give your children? I would love to hear from you.
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