When our daughters were very young, Joy and I were exposed to our first teaching on the power of the blessing. The significance of blessing is woven throughout God’s Word but we often don’t hear sermons or teachings on the importance and the impact blessing can have on us and particularly on our children.
I like to boil down teachings to simple “take-aways” (something I can remember) and, as a guy, a “to-do” list, which helps me stay on task. For me, the “blessing”, in its simplicity, is a declaration of God’s truth and favor over an individual. A verbal or written blessing brings life, vision, and hope to the recipient.
With a better understanding of the potential impact of blessing, I recognized that as much as I loved my daughters, I was not intentionally speaking blessing over them on a consistent basis. I also realized that as my daughters grew they would become more interactive with other people and involved in a variety of social and community situations – from expanded friendship, church, ministry, and work. They would be bombarded by lots of words every day, but very few of those words would speak to their heart about their value, worth, or truth of God’s purposes and plans for their lives. In fact they could very easily declare the opposite.
How could I, as their dad, speak blessing over my daughters so that they would consistently hear God’s truth about them and their lives? If I could come up with a plan it would help me remember to do it. And if I did it consistently, my words would carry far more weight then those of friends, co-workers, and others. Now I had a new task on my “to-do” list. The solution: “Saturday Morning Blessing Time @ The Moore’s.”
For our family, Saturday mornings are the most consistent time we are all together. On Saturday’s I make breakfast for the family (giving Joy a cooking break). After breakfast and before we cleaned up the table and kitchen, I gather the family together and I simply pray/speak blessing over my daughters and my wife. I don’t always do it the same way and I don’t have an agenda what I’m going to speak over them nor do I have a set time or duration for the blessing time. Life is often complicated with schedules and with demands for our time and sometimes it doesn’t happen. But it happens more often than not – and it certainly happens more often than it did before I became intentional. The goal is not to add another “religious” activity. The goal is to do it and to do it consistently.
Here are simple “take-aways” for you and/or your spouse:
Set a time (day/time) that your family could most consistently gather together for blessing time. It doesn’t have to be a big chunk of time. Start with 10 minutes and see what happens. Make that time priority for your family but if circumstances force a change, give yourself grace and re-schedule.
Pray blessing over each family member. Speaking blessing over the entire family is great and valuable but nothing will have the impact of looking your child or spouse in the eyes and proclaiming the truth of God over them and reminding them of their value and worth.
Bless them with truth. You could speak a scripture truth over them, bless them with reminders of how they are beautiful and created in the image of God, or speak about the future God has for them - to prosper them and give them hope. You could bless them by proclaiming the godly spouses that God is preparing for them or the protection of God over them wherever they go. The possibilities are endless. Ask the Holy Spirit to place in your heart what they need to hear. Don’t be religious sounding. Bless them in your words.
Here is a short example of a blessing I could speak over one of my daughters:
“Father, thank you for Elisabeth. I thank you for creating her as a beautiful woman, both inside and out.
Elisabeth, may you be blessed, knowing how valuable you are. God’s hand and favor is on you because He created you and called you to do mighty things for His Kingdom.
I bless you as you seek His face and follow the call He has placed on your life. May you always walk in His presence and know that you are never alone, for He is with you always. I bless you and your work in school – that you will be blessed with clarity and understanding for all that you are learning.
I bless your future – that poverty and sickness will never overtake you and the favor of the Lord will rest upon you, that He will provide protection and provision all the days of your life.
I thank God that He has placed you in our family. You are a blessing to me as your Dad and to your whole family. May you be blessed knowing how much you are loved.”
Make the words your words and speak them in ways that connect to your child or spouse. The genuineness of the Holy Spirit speaking blessing through you will impact your family for generations.