“Sara, you’re beautiful and smart… and you have Jesus in your heart! Now go be the light of the world!”
Those are words I say to my daughter as she heads off to school each morning. Usually, she smiles at me and says, “Mom, you always say that!”
She’s right… I do.
Because I am speaking a blessing into her life. Words are so powerful and when we speak truth and life into our kids, it helps set them up for success.
I wonder… do you bless your children?
I’m not talking about those simple words you mutter after they sneeze. I’m talking about speaking out blessings over your kids.
Do you do that?
By definition, a blessing is the infusion of something with holiness, divine will, or one’s hope or approval. So when we speak out a blessing for our kids, we are speaking out our hope for their lives as well as endowing God’s love, power and grace into them.
Why is it important to say these blessings out loud to them?
- Because we love our children and want them to know we desire the best for them.
- Because words are powerful both for the one who speaks them and the one who receives them.
- Because doing so helps convince our kids that God cares and loves them, is present for them, and has a divine purpose for their lives.
- Because our words can override the voice of the accuser.
- Because God calls us to do it. (Matthew 12:36, Proverbs 18:21)
Saying a blessing… out loud… empowers our children to step into their calling. It releases a tidal wave of favor on them. This intentional act has the power to transform their lives and set them on the right path.
My husband wrote a blessing specific for each of our kids. Each night as we tuck them into bed, he speaks this blessing over them.
They love it.
So much so, they have it memorized and correct him if he messes up.
No matter how young or old your children are, you can bless them with your words. You can bless them in the crib or bless them when they bring their families to visit you at Christmas.
As their parent, your words are powerful regardless of their age.
Here’s your game plan:
- Ask God to give you the exact words to share with each of your children. Seek Him before you commit a word on paper.
- Once you have a clear direction, write or type out their blessings.
- Find time each day to speak it over them. It might be on your drive to school, at bedtime, or at the dinner table.
To get an idea of what a blessing could look like, here’s an example of one you might write for your daughter:
Sara, I bless your life as I know you will become a wonderful woman of God. I bless your mind to remain sound and for you to have wisdom and discernment in all decisions. I bless your body to remain pure until marriage and to be healthy and strong. I bless your hands and feet to do the work that God has ordained for you to do. I bless your mouth where words of truth and encouragement will flow. I bless your heart to remain loyal to God’s will for your life. I bless your husband-to-be and your future children’s lives with richness and unity. I love everything about you, Sara, and I am proud to be your mother. You bless our family and your friends in so many ways.
You have a responsibility and a privilege to speak words of life and truth into your kids. And because the world can be cruel, their thirsty spirits need that encouragement daily.
Friends… as long as there is breath in your lungs, be intentional in blessing your children.
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