Recommended at age 2+
Establish the practice of praying for and giving a blessing to your child on a routine basis.
Every child, regardless of age, needs to experience something the Bible calls “blessing.” The word blessing comes from the ancient practice of weighing coins on a scale to determine value. Blessing someone “adds value” to his or her life. The Bible gives us great evidence that our God is a God of blessing. We receive blessing from our Heavenly Father and have the wonderful opportunity to pass it on. There are five basic elements of blessing that, combined, have tremendous impact.
B – BE COMMITTED:
The blessing is an active, long-term commitment to the child’s well-being by accepting responsibility to help them become all God intends.
L – LOVINGLY TOUCH:
The power of a hug or placing your hand on your child while affirming him or her creates an important physical connection and communicates warmth, acceptance and sincerity.
E – EXPRESS VALUE:
We add to a child’s life when we use words that attach high value to them as a person. The words a child hears while he or she is young will remain with them for a lifetime.
S – SEE POTENTIAL:
Parents best see a child’s natural strengths and foresee possibilities for their future. Giving the blessing includes picturing a special future and cheering them toward achieving their potential.
S – SAY IT:
An effective blessing must be put into words whether spoken, written or both. Words of affirmation are necessary for the child to know he or she is appreciated and accepted.
Think about your child as an adult, looking back on his or her childhood, and remembering specific words you spoke over them. What do you want them to remember as that thing Mom or Dad “always said”? Which words of blessing would you like to be intentional about repeating?
Consider completing the following phrases with your specific words of blessing:
- I am so glad God made you…
- I think God is going to use you to…
- God has gifted you with a unique ability to…
A more formal blessing might come from a passage of scripture. Consider giving such a blessing as your child leaves for school, or when you tuck them into bed at night.
Blessing example from Numbers 6:24-26 :
(Child’s name), may God bless you and keep you. May He make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. May God turn his face toward you and give you peace.
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