One place that proves to be challenging for me is honestly my daily attitude toward my immediate family. Being that I am a single mother, that means the only person who shares a living space with me…my daughter.
Others that I work with or meet up with get better from me than my child. I find myself getting more frustrated with her and I end up having less patience with and though it’s not the norm…it sure isn’t a rarity either.
I find myself really thinking about the things I believe about and say to my girl in the course of the day.
I pray for her…though most of my prayers are said early in the morning and most of the time they aren’t even prayed where she can hear…
Not to glorify myself or for her to hear and see how righteous I am…because that’s not it at all. And to me…that motivation just feels wrong… Instead, it is for her to hear me speak blessings and share my heart for her…for her to have opportunity to know and feel that I build her up in not only the presence of my friends and loved ones but in the presence of my God.
This brings my mind to the blessings prayed in God’s Word.
Thinking about blessings prayed over family in the Old Testament (Genesis 27). When Isaac prayed over Jacob—with all of his heart Isaac prayed abundance and provision—of authority and God’s blessing over his son.
My curious mind flickers to the places in the New Testament where many blessings were spoken over not only individuals as Jesus delivered people from demons and death (Mark 7 and Matthew 8). But also as the apostles pronounced blessing over the churches they were teaching/preaching to (Philippians 4 and 3 John 1).
In all truth, blessings were being spoken all over God’s Word—
It seemed as though blessing were being spoken over those that the one who was conveying the blessing felt a deep love for and to me that is just beautiful!
It brings to mind a situation recently when I was just desperate for prayer for a specific area in my life and one of my friends in response to my request sent back this—
“May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you his peace”
It was a breath of fresh air to read and something that really lightened my heart. Reading her words was also convicting—how many times is my first word to another one of God’s blessing?
I looked up the passage that my lovely friend referenced and it was at the end of Numbers 6. I was beautifully amazed that it was a chapter full of the spoken word of God. Recognizing the vow of a Nazirite and the actions that separates that person to the Lord.
…then there was the blessing of Aaron and his sons and the people of Israel!
My heart just overflows with joy as the God of the Universe told Moses to bless the people of Israel saying,
Numbers 6:24-26 “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
How many times do I get caught up in the chaos and insignificant arguments that surround me, taking my eyes and heart off of what is good, right and true? Too many to count, I’m afraid.
God…would you help me…? Help me to speak blessings over my daughter…your daughter…the one you have given to me for a time. God, help me to live in the truth of who she is and whose she is and treat her in accordance with that which is honoring for a daughter of the King!
Father God, so many times have I allowed the urgency in my temporary situation to cloud my thoughts and judgement—so many times have I chosen to react in a way that is steeped in emotion rather than truth…help me to choose differently today. Help me today to not only bless my loved ones by honoring them and giving them my best but to declare Your blessing, favor and protection over them as well. In the most holy name of Jesus, I pray.
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