I couldn't wait to sit down and type all this up. It's nap time in our house and I normally wait until the evening hours to work on the blog, but I just couldn't get all this off my mind. I think each of these blessings needs to be printed out on a note card and prayed for my children. I know that each night, I seem to say the same prayer. Wouldn't it be nice to pray for specific blessings rather than just, "God bless this child" or "Lord, please keep so-and-so safe"?
I know my prayer life needs a pick-me-up. Anything we do for ourselves will greatly effect our children. As my faith is strengthened, my ability to show God's grace to my children increases.
I think the whole pack of blessings on pretty cards would be a wonderful shower gift, all bundled up with a beautiful ribbon. Also, good to keep on hand for yourself when you are looking for the right words in a greeting card!!! I sometimes struggle with what to write in all that white space on the inside of a sympathy card, birthday card, father's day card, etc.
Think about sending one special verse to mom on mother's day or her birthday. OR how about a Christmas gift? She'll love it! Put it in a pretty frame and call it a day. I know I would love to know that someone special is praying blessings for me.
At the risk of sounding like a bully: Bookmark this entry for future reference.
And I confess: This weekly entry is all I am getting in the way of Bible study right now, so typing it up helps me reinforce what I've heard. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Mary began with the idea that as adopted children of God, we are all heirs to ALL of his blessings and promises. Any blessing or gift in the Bible is ours. God's word is full of blessings, as you'll see in the list below. She told us that being a mom means we have to guard our tongues and realize that our words to our children can be a blessing, a gift, and a promise.
While holding her grandchildren or feeding a grand baby a bottle, Mary takes that opportunity to pray blessings over the baby. She prays for the baby to have a healthy body, to keep his mind on Christ, to have security in Him. She said that as children grow older, if our words to them remain positive, we can be a blessing to them in all that they do.
My favorite blessing today was the one I listed first, a teachable spirit. I know I need this blessing. I need to learn to watch, listen, and be willing to be embarrassed if I don't know something. I'm not comfortable in a situation where I'm not in control, so put me in a situation where I have to depend on someone else, and...UGLY! You have my permission to pray for me. I need it!
I'm a girl who loves a list, so here we go (with a few interruptions):
- Psalm 25:4-5 May God bless you with a teachable spirit.
- Psalm 22:5 May God set in you an urge to confession of sin and the ability to accept God's forgiveness.
- Psalm 23:1 May you seek and find God's provision for you and your family.
- Psalm 23:3 May God bless you with a restoration of your soul. (your mind, will, and emotions)
- James 1:5 May the Lord bestow upon you His wisdom.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 May you trust in the Lord with all your heart.
- Romans 10:17 May you be blessed with faith from hearing God's word/ develop a love of God's word.
- Proverbs 4:20-22 May you develop a love of God's word.
- Ephesians 3:17-19 May the Lord bless this child with the ability to know the love of Christ and to really understand that He has a plan for him.
- Galatians 5:22-23 May you be blessed with the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control as you experience the Holy Spirit's presence in your life.
- Psalm 103:12 May you be blessed with the ability to forgive.
- Proverbs 16:24 May you bless others with pleasant words.
- Phillipians 4:11 May the Lord bless you with contentment.
- Genesis 2:18 May you find the mate God has selected for you.
- Jeremiah 29:11 May you live in the anticipation of seeking and finding God's plan for your life.
- Phillipians 4:6 May God bless you with a thankful heart. (I personally think this is my favorite for this time of year. I may do a craft with my girls to write this verse on a leaf and preserve it somehow. It could become a tradition!)
- John 10:10 May you seek an abundant life in Christ.
- Psalm 127:3 May you be blessed with children.
- Psalm 128:5-6 May you be blessed with grandchildren.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13 May you enjoy victory over temptation. (great for teens or those struggling with addiction)
- Malachi 3:10 May you be blessed with the ability to handle money as God sees fit.
- James 5:16 May you be blessed with others' prayers for you.
- John 16:33 May feel the blessing of internal peace.
- Psalm 91:9-10 May you be under God's protection.
- Psalm 119:105 May you follow and live by God's guidance.
- 3 John 1:2 May you be blessed with good health.
- Psalm 4:8 May you feel the safety of God.
- Luke 12:24 May you benefit from God's provision.
- Ephesians 6:11, 14-18 May you feel the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Phillipians 4:8 May God bless your thoughts.
- Psalm 3:5 May you be blessed with a good night's sleep. (for the new mother! ha!)
- Psalm 4:8 May you lie down in peace and sleep well.
- Psalm 5:12 May you be in God's favor with Him as well as with men (Mary prayed this over her boys because the Bible talks of Jesus growing in favor with God and with men.)
- Psalm 18:32 May you be blessed in strength.
- Psalm 20:4 May all your heart's desires be fulfilled/ May God fulfill His purpose for your life.
NOW. Which one is your favorite? And which one can I pray for YOU?