Five Little Words That Shaped My Life

Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man? The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him. 
Proverbs 20:6-7

When I was a child, there were many days I worked alongside my dad. I was an only child so when he needed a helper, it was me. He taught me how to put shingles on a house, change my own oil and flat tires, sharpen mower blades, how to replace a universal joint or exhaust, how to mix bondo and braze.

During all my days of helping him, there were five little words he would always tell me.  Better than I could do.  Regardless of the job, how I did it, what my performance or attitude was his answer was always the same...that was better than I could do.  It was always accompanied by a pat on the back and a huge smile.  

There was so much power in those few spoken words.

From those words...I've always believed I could do anything.  I've always believed if a guy could do it, I could do it too.  I've never once doubted my ability to complete any task given me.  Those words shaped and molded me into the strong, confident woman I am today.

Don't be afraid to praise your littles.  It's not going to spoil them and it's not manipulative.  The purpose of encouragement and praise is to increase positive behavior with the child's knowledge.  Everybody responds well to praise, even adults. 

Words of encouragement are so so important to our littles. We see a perfect picture of an encouraging parent in Matthew 3:17, after Jesus is baptized, His Father makes it clear to all of us, just how He feels about His precious son. “And a voice from Heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased.’”

I try to make a point to tell my children how precious they are to me, always.  Even if they make mistakes, I encourage them still. No matter how old my children are, from time to time I will just tell them, “There isn't any other child in the world I'd rather have than you."  My children usually smile and respond with a "love you mama".

Take a moment today and publicly praise your child. Ask God to shine a light on areas your son or daughter could use some life-giving praise. Speak those words out loud and in front of the rest of the family. Then watch your child grow!