The Power of Words – Sherri Seligson, Part 1
Our world is filled with words. Whether we are reading them, writing them, or instructing with them, they are our tools to build stories, create emotions, and make connections. Yet we need to be aware that words have the power to build up others as well as to tear them down, especially when we speak them to our children. That means words can cause our children to stumble or they can encourage them to soar! God has much to say about our words. They need to be crafted carefully and gently but firmly shared. This is how we can engage others and train up our children. Let’s contemplate not only the power of our words, but how we can boldly use them.
Come back Wednesday and Thursday for the rest of this conversation.
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Sherri Seligson is a 21-year veteran homeschool mom of 4 children: a bachelor’s in Pre-med, a marine biologist, a Master’s in Education, researcher, wife, and Christian. Before being promoted to motherhood, Sherri worked as a marine biologist at Walt Disney World’s Living Seas, publishing shark behavior research. She has authored Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science, Marine Biology, and Internships for High School Credit, instructional video courses for Apologia’s science curricula, and companion curricula for feature films including Dolphin Tale and War Horse. An international conference and retreat speaker, Sherri uses transparency, truth, and humor, to encourage moms on their homeschool journey and to teach families and students the importance and excitement of studying God’s creation.
- Why are words powerful?
- How can our words affect our children negatively? (Prov. 12:18)
- What about the “way” we talk to our children?
- Should we talk to our teens in a different manner than our younger children?
- How can our words affect our children positively? (Prov. 10:11)
- Analogy of Salt (Col. 4:6)
- How can we continue to set a pattern of good listening and careful speaking?
- Use our time wisely (Ephesians 5:15-16)
- Short term goals and planning
- Get involved along with your kids
- Pray for opportunities (and keep an eye out for them)
- Maintain priorities – and consider it a ministry
- You are not missing the boat!
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” – Colossians 4:6
“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” – Proverbs 12:18
“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.” – Proverbs 10:11
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15-16
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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