Note: In lieu of my regular gratitude posts for the next several weeks, I am going to join with The Pelsers for the 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential book club. This week we’re discussing Chapter 2.
This chapter is full of questions to help you determine what your family does well and how you could improve, and it is full of exhortations to help your children realize their worth as children of God. As I read chapter 2 again, I couldn’t get past a quote near the beginning:
“. . . our children need to know that they belong to God. God created them for a purpose, and He created them in His image.”
7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential, Zan Tyler
I used to do a better job of letting my children know that they were God’s special creation and that He has good plans for them (Jeremiah 29:11). Somewhere along the way, I stopped telling them regularly.
After reading the book the first time, I became more intentional about telling both of my daughters how special they are, to us and to God, and about the wonderful plans God has for their lives. I share this with excitement and anticipation because I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in and through them!
If I didn’t think this makes a difference in the lives of my children, I was proven wrong not long ago. I don’t remember why, but I admonished my younger daughter for something. The moment passed, and we left the house for church. When we were walking inside, I felt prompted to stop. I got down to eye level and told her, “You are God’s special child. He loves you and has great plans for your life. There is nothing you can do that will change that.” Her face lit up like I had just given her a gift on Christmas or her birthday! (Gifts are her primary love language, so that’s huge for her.)
I haven’t forgotten that look or Zan’s words of wisdom and truth. I am making it a point to tell my children regularly (I try for daily!) that they were made by God for a purpose, that they belong to Him, and that He has a wonderful plan for them. It has a positive impact!
How do you communicate to the children in your life that they belong to God and that He has great plans for them?
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