Words. Names. Labels. Stereotypes.
Close your eyes and take a minute to think about your childhood. Did one of those labels instantaneously pop into your mind from days of old?
Words mark us, don’t they? They drip deep into the marrow of who we are and when we least expect it, the negative ones surface and challenge the truth about ourselves.
We all know the old childhood chant, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Can you believe that was first coined in 1872? While I understand the author meant well, all these years we’ve chanted a lie.
Words hold power. They carve personalities. Words cripple or build up. They shape people in profound ways.
In One Little Perspective Change Altered How I Mother, I shared the gripping effect that words had on my mom. I grasp the depths of how my words impact our children. If you’re a mom please read this. It may shape you as well. We understand the truth, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21) and my desire has always been to speak words that breathe life into those around me. I wish I could say it happened all the time, but my words have sucked out the marrow as well.
So let’s infuse truth into our kids. Let’s breath life giving reminders of WHO they are and WHOSE they are because He is the only constant that can break the shackles of lies whispered into their lives (and ours.)
I wanted to create a free printable that parents can use as lunch note reminders, to stick in backpacks or even on the seat of their teen’s cars, but I realize these are just as much reminders for all of us. At the core, everyone need to let these truths dig deep.
These are just a few phrases, saying and reminders that we have used with our kids for years. As you can see, a few are specifically for the boys, some for the girls with a few left blank so you can personalize them.
If you struggle with believing these truths, and like so many of us, spend your time and energy trying to earn someone’s approval, read more about knowing you are pre-approved in my friend Jennifer’s life changing book, Love Idol.
I’d love for you to share these free printables with friends. Instead of sharing the file, please refer them to this post, click below to share to facebook or pin for later.