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Today I want to lean into the concept of using our words to edify and build up our wives and our children.

Words have great power.  God used words to create everything except man Himself.  The Bible also tells us, “Everything is sustained by the power of His Word.”  (Hebrews 1:3)

There are some key words that are powerful that we need to grow in as men:

  • I love you.
    • If these words weren’t spoken in your home growing up it will take practice. Look your wife and your kids in the eyes and tell them “I love you.”  Press past any awkwardness and go for it!
  • I’m sorry.
    • This phrase is simply saying, “I’m here for you. I identify with your pain.”
  • I was wrong. Please forgive me.
    • Be specific in saying what you are asking forgiveness for.
  • I forgive you!
  • I bless you.
    • Make this even more specific by stating what you are blessing your wife and child(ren) with. I bless you with a spirit of gentleness, with joy, etc.

Start speaking life over your children even while they are still in the womb.  In addition, learn to affirm them for the simple fact they are your child, not because they performed well.  This makes a huge impact at any age.  Don’t get me wrong, we can affirm a great performance.  However, some of us don’t know what to say when our children don’t perform well.  Let me offer a suggestion, “I enjoyed watching you.”

So what is it you need to speak out today?  Is it, “I love you?  I forgive you?  I am glad you are a part of our family?”

Align yourself with God’s Word and then speak life over others this week.  And before you go, I speak over you, “I love you.  I am for you.  I believe in you!”

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Bob Swank

About 15 years ago our heavenly Father began encouraging me in my role as His son and out of that in my role as a father, both biologically and spiritually. Through multiple encounters on my journey God has revealed His heart as my Father and affirmed my sonship in Him. Out of this has come His call to fully embrace who He has created me to be as a father and to share that with others.

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