7. Don’t limit their creativity. Proverbs 22:29
The worst thing you can do for a prophetic child is try to control or “box in” their creativity. This can leave lasting emotional damage and keep them stifled for years. God is creative! Do not place unreasonable limitations on your child and give them the opportunity to creatively express themselves. Even if it initially doesn’t make sense to you give them room to feel that they can trust you not to judge them. God uses creatives to change the world!
8. Encourage them to share what they feel God is speaking to them about. 1 Samuel 3:15-21
This serves as another component to not limiting or stifling the creativity of your child. As a child I remember keenly hearing the voice of God on certain things and not having the courage to share. Children will not always communicate on our level, however under the power of the Holy Spirit they can clearly convey messages from God. Believe it or not, your prophetic child can even help preserve you from eminent danger.
9. Don’t pressure them to take on things that conflict with who God has created them to be. Proverbs 22:6
The word of God is simple for me. Train up a child in the way that HE should go. Not the way that you want him/her to go. Sometimes we compare our life experiences to that of our children and try to train them according to what we have learned and the way that we were raised. In doing all of this we fail to remember that our kids ARE NOT US! This helps your child in the area of identity. Can you imagine how many adults would be confident in their own God given identity if our parents took the time to pray about it while we were growing up? For me, my prayer has been that God would show me the needs of each child and help me to raise them the way He would have for me to raise them. I dedicated them back to Him and then began to consult Him on the needs of each child. Remember train them up in the way that THEY should go!
10. Foster an environment that encourages devotion to God. Deuteronomy 6:7
I grew up in a home that was devoted to God. I understood the importance of prayer because we prayed together weekly as a family. My husband and I are now doing the same thing with our children. Even as an adult I still value the importance of prayer and devotion time with God.
11. Be a safe place. Galatians 3:16
I often think about what I was faced with as a teen, and how I never really felt comfortable sharing with my parents what I dealt with emotionally. As a parent today, I have made it a point to be a safe place for my children. Now this doesn’t mean that bad behavior and poor decisions are encouraged. This simply means that we want our children to know that when things go wrong, no matter the consequence, we are here to admonish and SUPPORT them. We bear their burdens and cover them in prayer. They understand that sometimes discipline will be a part of that conversation, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t TALK to us.
12. Don’t provoke them to anger. Ephesians 6:4
No one likes an angry prophet! LOL. Listen, provoking your kids to anger for me doesn’t mean you have to walk on eggshells with your kid. For me this expression carries more than one connotation. The word provoke also means to stimulate or arouse. Sometimes encouraging their anger at other individuals or expressing your anger in front of them will nurture an atmosphere that impart such behaviors to your child. My daughter was always sensitive to my feelings and when I would get angry with another individual and express that anger in front of her, I was provoking her to anger. She would be angry because I was angry. Yes, we are to be mindful that we are not being mean and harsh to our kids, but we must also watch the ways and manners in which we express our frustrations in their presence.
And there we have it! 12 tips in raising your prophetic child! Pray over these and study them. My prayer is that from this, you will seek God for the tools you need in raising your spiritually gifted child. Some of you may say, “ Well, I don’t think my child is prophetic”. And that’s fine. You should still be seeking the Lord on how to raise them anyway. Because they are His, and they ARE gifted whether you see it yet or not!
Until next time moms!