One winter, while watching my daughter walk in her rain boots down a frozen driveway, I told her to be careful or she would fall and I immediately felt conviction.
I have been intentional to guard my children from any word spoken against them, and yet in that moment I was the one speaking negative. I know that this is easily a situation where you can get hyper “religious” but for me it was eye opening.
Proverbs 12:18 is such a testament to the power in our words.
Proverbs 12:18 Good News Translation
Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal.
After repenting to my daughter I felt such a stirring in my heart. Negative words or curses have the biggest impact when coming from those of highest authority in our lives. What we speak now might not immediately take effect, but if a child receives those words it has the potential to take root and appear later in life.
I never want to speak something, even unintentionally, that creates harm for those around me. For the brave few still reading, our words have the ability to create life even in those “insignificant moments”. We are shaping worlds!
I will quote my husband here, “the seed that is first planted never looks like what the finished product will.” Plant those promises even when it doesn’t look like anything and it will produce a harvest unlike anything we have ever seen. (That applies to those sweet toddler moments we all experience 😉)