“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5
We read in Genesis that our Heavenly Father spoke all of creation into existence. He, who could have thought things into being, used His words to call forth light and life, so we know that speaking things aloud matters to our Father. Moreover, because we are made in the image of God, words matter to us, too. Recalling the thoughtless comments we have endured or uttered ourselves, we may still feel pain or regret years later. Furthermore, the lies of the enemy that have been spoken over us can be life-altering when the hurtful statement cuts not only deep but also feels true. Such a key reason to guard our lips, Mama. (James 3:5-6) I cannot count how many times I have needed to repent and apologize to my husband or children for my sinful exclamations, spoken in frustration or exhaustion.
Friend, as the unchanging God, “—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not” (Romans 4:17), the Almighty continues to call forth light and life with His Word, the Living Word, Jesus Christ. And, we, His beloved daughters, are also called to speak light and life over those around us—calling into being things that are not, beginning with our family. How do we do this?
First, invite Him into your space. Speak light and life over your children each day. My husband and I pray with our children daily, “Holy Spirit, come. Renew a right spirit within us. Fill this place with Your peace, Your presence, and Your joy. Bless and protect this mighty woman of God; may she feel wrapped in Your love like a blanket. Hide her in the shelter of Your wings. Fill her with Your wisdom and peace. May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done in her life in Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Equally important, know how to use the Word of God as a two-edged sword, your mightiest weapon against the enemy’s attacks. Guard your lips against speaking false identity over those around you. Instead of demanding answers with questions like, “Why do you act like such a bad boy?” Remember who God says your children are: “I know you did not mean to do that, but we all sin and we all fall short—especially in our frustration or anger. You are a mighty man of God, and He will help you have patience. Let’s pray together and invite Him to help us.” Remember, it is kindness that leads us to repentance. (Romans 2:4) When we do this, we are calling forth in our children what God says in His Word.
Bek Measmer and the Help Club for Moms Team