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10 Things Your Adult Children Need to Hear from You

6. I remember…

When Christ (who is your life) appears, then you too will be revealed in glory with him Colossians 3:4

Help them recall the glorious times in their lives.

Do you love to hear about special moments, filled with fun, love and life? So do our children. They long to know they are still special to you. Ask them to recall their favorite memory – and share their pictures too.

7. May I share a lesson I’ve learned?

Listen to your father who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old. Proverbs 23:22

May your adult children listen respectfully as you offer wise, godly counsel.

‘You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the LORD Leviticus 19:32

Wisdom truly comes from experience.

8. May I pray for you today?

Teach your children to pray like Jesus taught us:

…Our Father in heaven…
They are invited into the Throne Room of Grace

12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.

Matthew 6:9-13

Forgive them as they forgive. Rescue them from the evil one. They need You Lord.

9. I forgive you. Would you please forgive me too?

Forgiveness translated from Greek means “to let go.” Forgiveness is NOT to let someone off the hook. Forgiveness is God’s plan that allows us to be free of carrying a burden. See Luke 11:4; Matthew 18:23-35; 1 Corinthians 13:4-5; Psalm 37:21; Proverbs 14:15; 22:3; Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:4

“Let go of anger and abandon rage.” Psalm 37:8

Do not be consumed by rage as unforgiveness hurts only you. So “let it go” and let God deal with the issue. His plan is best for everyone involved. Trust God. Be a role model for your children. Teach them the lesson of forgiveness.

10. Bless you.

24‘May the Lord bless you
    and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
26 May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26

Not just the “bless you” following a sneeze or as we leave. “Bless you” from the depths of who God is as their parent. Insert your child’s name as you speak this blessing.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

Choose to bless your children with words straight from the BibleAbundantly…

**This article was originally published on Crosswalk.com (6/22/17). Used with permission. 

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Susan Mead is an author, survivor, and an individual who has dealt with multiple losses. She's an empathetic, powerful, sought-after speaker with real answers to life’s tough questions. Susan is a Senior Ordained Chaplain, Certified by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, for individuals and groups suffering trauma. Susan’s best-selling book Dance with Jesus: From Grief to Grace, is available on Amazon. Susan tweets @SusanBMead, posts scripture graphics daily on Facebook and Instagram, and hosts the DanceWithJesus™ blog linkup each Friday at her website, SusanBMead.com. Get connected!

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