Affirmations- emotional support or encouragement. As parents, we get the privilege of affirming our kids every day. It’s no secret that in today’s society our youth are crippled by feelings of anxiety, fear, and the inability to cope when faced with difficult situations. Also, many children struggle with identity issues and feeling as if they don’t quite fit in. Well, I believe that we can help shape and mold our kids by using affirmations rooted in truth. Those words are planting seeds that will benefit them for years to come.
For clarity, I do believe that words of affirmation should be rooted in truth and not just positive vibes. With that being said the words of affirmation that we have chosen for our children are grounded in scripture. The Bible is filled with encouraging words that can help shape and mold the next generation.
I am loved.
Our children need to know that they are valued, seen, and loved. He loves our children so much that He gave His Son so that they could have a relationship with Him. Our children need to know that the Creator of the world loves them. This might seem small but the impact of those three words is huge. Our children are loved no matter what! The best part about His love is that it is unconditional, given freely and it is always chasing them down. I John 4:9-10, John 3:16
I am special and unique.
Oftentimes society will try to put our children in boxes or even label them…gifted, average, below average, etc. The Word of God says otherwise. He knows the hairs on their head and He has given them a specific purpose that only they can fulfill. Let’s encourage our children in seeing themselves as fearfully and wonderfully made. Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 139:13-17
I am a leader.
As believers, we know true leaders are characterized by a servant’s heart. Jesus modeled this for us in his interactions with the disciples and the droves of people He influenced while he was on Earth. We want our children to put others before themselves, which is the true mark of a leader. Christ did that when He gave His life on the cross for our sins. Our children are meant for greatness but in the kingdom, the least (servant) is the greatest. Philippians 2:5-8, John 13:34
I am a good listener.
If you know my six-year-old then you know why this is so important. Matthew can talk just like me and I have learned that oftentimes that makes me a poor listener. We want our children to be great listeners because that is where knowledge and growth can occur. As adults, we can get used to speaking or forming a response before getting all the information. The ability to listen, critically think, and then respond are all traits that we would like to see in our children. James 1:19, Proverbs 21:23
My identity is found in Christ.
I believe that if our children can understand and grasp this affirmation that it could be a major game-changer. Our children are made in the image of God. Their Heavenly Father loves them unconditionally and calls them His own. He has crafted a place just for them and that is in His love. He has redeemed them from sin and death through Christ, which allows us to be in a relationship with him. When I finally began to understand that at the age of 38 it set me free from the expectations of others. Three Thought Patterns That Lead to Self Sabotage My prayer is that our children would realize this sooner than later because once you experience that freedom you are then able to be all that He wants you to be! Ephesians 1:3-14, Genesis 1:27
There are so many more affirmations that I could add to the list such as being compassionate, intelligent, and a giver but I believe that this is a great starting point. I want to encourage you to dig into Scripture to see what the Father says about our children. We love them with all or hearts but His love for them surpasses what we could ever give. Let’s make these affirmations part of their world and encourage them towards greatness.
Be sure to check out our 7-day devotional, Rooted in Truth. Rooted in Truth contains seven affirmations that you can share with your children.