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Dads, Your Words Are Powerful

Jul 14, 2020 |

I will never forget the experiences of having our three children. The life-altering love that washed over me the first time I held the child in my arms: when I held my child close for the first time, I knew that I would never be the same. I was now living for something beyond myself. With everything inside of me, I longed to love, protect, and care for that child with everything I had.

Over the years, though, in the press of life, children can inspire other emotions besides that simple, pure-hearted love we felt at their births.

The Bible’s #1 Warning to Dads

The Bible offers a primary warning about the greatest challenge for most fathers. Ephesians 6:4 tells us, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Colossians 3:21 doubles this up, saying, “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”

Dads, your words to your children are powerful. You can’t take your words back—once they are spoken, they go deep into your kids’ spirits. It is imperative that you are always careful what you say and how you treat your children. Be careful in your discipline of them. The Bible warns against provoking our children and diminishing their spirits.

It is often when we are angry, harsh, or losing our temper that we say things that provoke our children. This causes us, little by little, to lose our influence with our children. And their view of us as their earthly fathers also deeply affects their view of God as their heavenly Father.

What Causes Our Anger?

Oftentimes our emotions pile up throughout the day. I know that as a dad, I can get frustrated or stressed-out by all sorts of things.

  • We often take on more work than we can handle, causing us to be irritable and short-fused.
  • Reading the news can get us angry or anxious.
  • When we are overworked and overstressed, it is easier for us to get angry about silly things.
  • When we don’t give ourselves margin in life, we find it easier to be short and rash with our kids.
  • We often expect a lot from our kids, and discipline and expectation can sometimes come out in the wrong ways.

This is especially the case during times like these—in a global pandemic when our jobs are disrupted and income is uncertain. Extra pressure results in our finding it more difficult to watch our words and our attitudes toward our children. Many children are now being homeschooled, and many parents are now working from home. This disruption of normal rhythm can be great for some, but very difficult for others. It is important that you are extra careful with how you talk to your children during this time, and any other times like it. Watch your margin and your stress levels and take care of yourself emotionally—then you can take good care of your family.

Dads, Speak Life over Your Children

It’s not so much the big moments of life that matter, but what you do daily that makes the biggest difference. Knowing how powerful your words are to your children, you should make it a priority to speak life into your children every day. Here are some ways to do that:

  • If you don’t tell your children often, begin to take the step to tell them you love them and that you are proud of them.
  • If you are the kind of dad who showers on praise, don’t stop. Anytime you have a chance, tell your children how special and important they are to you.
  • Ask your children questions about their day and learn to listen to them more—hear their hearts.
  • If you have spoken to them harshly and said things you regret, almost nothing is as powerful as an apology. This doesn’t excuse you to continue losing your temper, but apologizing is always a good idea.

Dads, know that God has given you the high and holy responsibility of raising your kids, and He has given you a tremendous influence in their lives with your words and attitude. God clearly shows us in His Word what will be our biggest challenge and stumbling block as fathers. So let’s take care to watch for it!

May you have God’s incredible love and heart for your children, may you be their biggest encourager, and may God use you mightily in their lives to speak goodness, encouragement, and life over them!

Note: All Scriptures are quoted from the New King James Version.

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Matt Brown is an evangelist, author of Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence, host of Think Eternity with Matt Brown, and founder of Think Eternitya ministry dedicated to amplifying the gospel every day through podcasts, devotionals, videos, live events, and more. Matt and his wife, Michelle, have three children and live near Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can follow Matt at @evangelistmatt and thinke.org.

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Back to School: Top 10 Bibles for Students

It’s that time of year again!

With summer nearing an end and school starting back up, it’s time to get your child equipped for the start of a great year!

With that said, here’s a list of the Top 10 Bibles for your little loved ones.

 

  1. Sequin Sparkle & Change Bible(ages 6-10)

    NKJV & ICB
    The Sequin, Sparkle and Change Bible is a Bible girls will want to carry around everywhere! Perfect for children ages 6-10, the Bible features sequins that change color when you swipe them. They’re double the fun! Also included are fun activities such as full color maps, illustrated insert pages and spaces for journaling. Shop here. 

  2. Thinline Bible Youth Edition (ages 12-17)

    girl reading the bibleNKJV & KJV
    The Youth Edition Thinline Bible is lightweight and convenient. Available in both the KJV and NKJV translations, its unique size is perfect to slip into backpacks and purses throughout the day. This Bible is ideal for students on the go! Shop here. 

  3. NKJV Study Bible for Kids (ages 8-12)

    NKJV
    The NKJV Study Bible for Kids is the premier study Bible for any child ages 8-12 years old. Printed in the trusted New King James Version, this Bible offers unique features like Biblical facts and articles to help your child study the Bible and apply it to their life. Shop here. 

  4. Children’s Bible (ages 8-12)

    ICB
    The International Children’s Bible is the first translation created specifically for children. This Bible is printed in a 9-point font with bold in-text subject heads that will help children navigate their Bible confidently. Along with beautiful illustrations, the International Children’s Bible will delight and inspire your child’s imagination as they read and see Bible stories. Shop here. 

  5. Color Code Bible (ages 6-10)

    NKJV & NIV
    With more than 1,600 highlighted verses in various colors throughout, the Color Code Bible is drawing attention to God’s Word. Each color has been uniquely designed to a theme in the Bible for easy navigation and memorization. Full of bright colors, memorization aids, and the never-ending truth of God’s Word, this Bible is a great tool to use anywhere. Shop now. 

  6. Open Bible (ages 8+)

    NKJV & KJV
    The Open Bible offers readers easy navigation through the Bible and its teachings, along with a reference system that is trusted by millions. The Open Bible offers even more access to scripture with book introductions and outlines that provide context from beginning to end. Shop now. 

  7. Precious Moments Bible (ages 6-10)

    NKJV & ICB
    Whimsical and nostalgic, The Precious Moments character is sure to delight little hearts. For over 30 years, The Precious Moments brand has made reminisce on the important moments in life. With full color pages and scripture messages, this Bible is a great gift that will encourage children to enjoy life’s precious moments. Shop now. 

  8. Brave Girls Bible (ages 6-10)

    ICB

The Brave Girls Bible will equip girls age 7-10 with the knowledge they need to grow into young women who are confident and secure in Christ. Including 240 articles and 300 key verses highlighted, girls will be introduced to five main characters from the Tommy Nelson Brave Girls brand, Gracie, Faith, Glory, Honor, and Hope, as they develop friendships and learn about God. Shop now. 

  1. Journal the Word Bible (ages 8+)

    NKJV & KJV

The Journal the Word Bible is a trustworthy and indispensable resource for anyone who puts pen to paper for deeper engagement with God’s Word. Available in both NKJV and KJV translations, the extra-wide lined margins make this Bible ideal for note taking or journaling. This Bible is sure to make an excellent gift or personal keepsake.Shop now. 


  1. Jesus Calling Bible for Children (ages 8-12)

    ICB

The ICB Jesus Calling Bible for Children is the first Bible that combines 160 devotions from the Jesus Calling devotional, 96 colorful Bible story pages, and life applications in the trusted ICB text. Also included are 365 key memory verses for young readers to take to heart. The ICB Jesus Calling Bible for Children will help your children grow in knowledge and in relationship with the Lord. Shop here. 

 

 

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Thomas Nelson Kid’s Bibles encourage young hearts to become strong in their faith.

As Bible publishers, we create products that inspire children and equip them to have a personal relationship with God. Thomas Nelson Bibles are read by millions of people across the globe who trust us to honor God’s beautiful Word through the various Bible products we publish.

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