Have you heard the stories of starving, hurting and disease riddled children in Africa? I bet you remember seeing the heart breaking video and pictures on television. I believe that if we could look deep into the heart, soul and mind of our children, this is what we would see. An entire generation of children that are walking through life starving, hurting and disease riddled because parents do not know how to speak to their kid’s heart.
For years I struggled with speaking life and really sharing my heart with my kids. The reality is that I was embarrassed, I didn’t like feeling vulnerable and honestly it felt a little awkward and weird! So here is what I learned to do….
I have given each of my kids and Jodie (my spouse) a journal. I write about my love for them, lessons I want to impart, scripture I want to share and gifts that I see in them. I use this journal to breathe life deep into their soul. I put it on their bed before they hit the sack so they typically read it before they go to bed. Sometimes they write back and place it on my bed the next day! This has taught me to communicate in a real and vulnerable way with my family. I also love that one day when they leave home they will have a collection of letters and life lessons from dad.
Pick up a journal today and start sharing your heart with your kids! Ladies, forward this to your husband or purchase a journal for them and let’s get dad started writing.