USING YOUR TONGUE WISELY

USING YOUR TONGUE WISELY

God gave frogs long tongues to catch their food. They have to be very still and intentional about how they use their tongue, or else they will scare away their dinner and go hungry. Have the kids act out being a frog – jumping around, ribbiting, and sticking out their tongue. Then explain to the children that God has given us very powerful words. The Word says our words are like a sword, and we can either help or hurt others with them. We need to be very wise in how we use our tongues so that we don’t end up hurting those around us or ourselves.

Guarding Your Tongue – Nine out of ten times, when my children come to me to complain about someone else, I discover they are at fault themselves, and they end up getting disciplined for it. It was their ‘mouth’ that revealed there was an issue, and more times than not, the issue was with them. The goal is not to hide things from Mom and Dad but to teach children to choose their words carefully, to build others up and not tear them down. In the days ahead, when your children run to you to tattle-tale on their siblings, lovingly get down on their level and ask, “Honey, do you remember the wise frog? Are you using your tongue wisely right now?”

This lesson was taken from our Character Counts SOAR parenting magazine. If you are interested in more activities, you can purchase your digital copy here: Character Training SOAR Magazine – Let the Children Fly

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RETURNING HOME

After doing our video on Hurt in the Church, I received numerous messages from people saying, “I am going to return to the church.” It is super brave to come back home after being hurt, but the truth is you will never find full healing being amputated from the rest of the Body. We need you! We want you! We welcome you!

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HURT IN THE CHURCH VIDEO SEGMENTS

Hurt in the Church – Hurt in the Church – YouTubeWhy? How?

Hurt in the Church #1 – Hurt in the Church #1 – YouTubeWhy God Told Me

Hurt in the Church #2 – Hurt in the Church #2 – YouTube – Exposing Real Enemy

Hurt in the Church #3 – Hurt in the Church #3 – YouTubePurpose of Family

Hurt in the Church #4 – Hurt in the Church #4 – YouTubeFamiliar Spirits

Hurt in the Church #5 – Hurt in the Church #5 – YouTubeOrphan Leadership

Hurt in the Church #6 – Hurt in the Church #6 – YouTubeJudgement

Hurt in the Church #7 – Hurt in the Church #7 – YouTubeChildren Are Watching

Hurt in the Church #8 – Hurt in the Church #8 – YouTubeHoly Services

Hurt in the Church #9 – Hurt in the Church #9 – YouTubeThe Truth Sets You Free

Hurt in the Church #10 – Hurt in the Church #10 – YouTubeSpiritual Abortion

Hurt in the Church #11 – Hurt in the Church #11 – YouTubeSibling Conflict in Church Family

Hurt in the Church #12 – Hurt in the Church #12 – YouTubeGet Back in the Game

WHAT HAVE I DONE TO TEACH THEM?

When a child misbehaves, you first have to ask yourself this question. “What have I done as the parent to teach them?” If you have never talked to them about lying, stealing, hitting, disobeying, etc., and discipline them for their choice, it is nothing more than punishment. When you see a behavior you do not desire, you can correct it, but that is your clue you need to be proactive and teach them on their level right and wrong. Take a recent issue that came up. Ask yourself, “What have I done to proactively teach them in the time of peace how to respond? How have I taught them how to succeed in that situation?” There is a difference between the child who is being foolish and has never been taught how to respond appropriately and the child who has been taught and willfully chooses to disobey. Sometimes a child’s behavior is a reflection of where we need to do our part to teach, empower and equip them.