Your Words Are Seeds in a Child's Life

You still remember it, don't you.  Hurtful words someone spoke to you when you were a child.  A name a classmate called you.  A cutting remark someone made.  A put down that brought tears to your eyes.  Hopefully you've moved past it.  And even though you've proven those words were wrong...they still linger in the back of your mind and occasionally surface.

You also remember the words that brought life to you, don't you.  Encouraging words spoken by a caring teacher.  Words of praise from a parent.  Empowering words spoken into your life by someone who believed in you.  Words that lit a fire inside you and propelled you forward.

Proverbs 18:21 says, "the tongue has the power of life and death."

Your words have power in the life of each child you minister to.  Your words are seeds being planted in their heart that will grow and impact them for the rest of their life.

Be intentional about planting life-giving words into their hearts.  Use the power of your words to make a positive difference.

Here's 20 ways to plant words that are seeds of life in a child's heart.
  1. You did an awesome job.
  2. God has a special plan for you life.
  3. I enjoy spending time with you. 
  4. I saw how you [insert specific positive action].  I’m so proud of you.
  5. I believe in you.
  6. Lately I’ve really seen you grow in the area of [insert character quality], like when you [insert specific action].  I'm so proud of the young man / woman you are becoming.
  7. You're incredible.
  8. That was a really wise choice.
  9. You're a winner.
  10. You are God's child.  He made you special.  No one can take your place.
  11. I knew you could do it.
  12. Great job.
  13. That was so brave.
  14. You have some real gifts in the area of [insert adjective].
  15. I love you.
  16. You are one cool kid.
  17. I prayed for you this week.
  18. I'm so glad I got to see you today.
  19. You brighten my day.
  20. You're important to God and me.  
What are some other words of life you speak into children's hearts?
What are some other ways we can use our words to plant seeds of life in children's hearts?

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