My family is my garden. Because they are my garden, I take time to intentionally choose what seeds I’m going to sow into my garden. I love the words of Zig Ziglar that mirror God’s words,
Life is an echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you.”
As we welcome February with open arms, we acknowledge it as the month of love and friendship! What a great time to talk about the seeds of love and kindness. This month we will be focusing on the power of our words. As Mother Theresa once said,
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
February Family Focus: To add value to those around us by using encouraging and kind words.
We are using T.H.I.N.K., an acronym that helps us reflect on how we are using our words. I came across this during my years of teaching in schools. Although I do not know who created the acronym that’s been around for years now, we thank them for creating such a useful tool. It simply encourages each of us to THINK before we speak by asking yourself a question that pairs up with each letter as follows:
T – is it True?
H – is it Helpful?
I – is it Inspiring?
N – is it Necessary?
K – is it Kind?
They are truly insightful questions (I’m a fan of good questions!). We paired it up with Bible verses we can learn to keep his word in our hearts!
I created a printable poster that helps all of us reflect when we’ve missed the boat. And Lord knows I’ve missed the boat plenty of times! I’m simply posting it on our walls in a few key places to help us remember and reflect. We are not filling it out but just using it as a reference to guide us with our choice of words. However, it can be used as part of a journal entry. I’ve used it myself. We can ALL use a good dose of positivity in our lives!
Last week after talking about our choice of words, our oldest shared her concern with a friend who had been less than kind. We empowered her to use kind words to steer her conversation later that week. Using kind words, she was able to have a conversation that, though hard, reaped the benefits of a better friendship moving forward. How powerful! I hope you will join us this month in our focus on the power of our words!
I hope you enjoy this FREE printable and/or are inspired to create your own. I can’t wait to hear from you!
What do you do in your family to spread love and positivity? From the looks of your FB feeds, there is a lot of love being shared in your homes. I’d love to hear from you in our comments below or like always feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating love and kindness,