Originally published Thursday, 17 January 2019.
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It wasn’t until I read a wonderful book called Blessed to Be a Blessing that I fully realized the simplicity and power of speaking blessings into our children every night. When I was a young mom, I would pray with my children each evening, but this idea, based upon the blessing given to Abraham, is more than simply praying over your child or with your child. When we bless our little ones using this method, which literally takes less than one minute, we create a truly sacred moment when our words, like seeds, take root in our children’s minds and hearts. If you begin when your children are newborns, they will grow up believing that they are blessed to be a blessing.
Here’s how to explain the process to an older child:
- When your child lies down at bedtime, tell them that you are going to give them a blessing.
- Explain that you will draw a cross (or a heart) on their forehead or on the back of their hand as you say a special blessing for them. Let them choose where they want it drawn.
- If desired, you may opt to use water or an essential oil as you draw the symbol.
- Establish eye contact with your child.
- Draw the symbol slowly as you look into their eyes and repeat one of the five blessings listed below. Always begin with your child’s name. The five word blessing that I use with my grandson is very simple: Sam, you are a blessing.
Can you imagine the power of my grandson hearing those words repeated every. single. night? My little Sam will grow up knowing that he is a blessing. What could be more precious than that? Except, perhaps, when your child automatically turns to you and asks if you want a blessing too? This is what happened when I first tried it with three-year-old Sam, who simply lifted up the bangs of my hair, drew his own little shape on my forehead, and looked into my eyes as he said, "Grandma, YOU are a blessing." I pray that you will discover the power of this simple act for you and your own children.
Here are five powerful blessings to speak over your child. Choose the one that means the most to you and substitute your child's name:
- Sam, you are a blessing.
- Sam, may the Lord bless you and keep you. (Numbers 6:24)
- Sam, may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace. (Romans 15:13)
- Sam, may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God be with you. (2 Cor. 13:14)
- Sam, the Lord will watch over your life no matter where you go, now and forever. (Psalm 121:8)
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