Now that you have blessed your children, what’s next? What is the next logical step?
(and if you have not really done a blessing with your children...stop right here, go back to the previous posts and prayerfully craft words of life to speak over your children, calling them out into all that God has created them to be)
As a parent, I love planning powerful moments- like a blessing, an outing, a special time together- things that make delight tangible for my children. However, once the blessing is spoken or the moment has passed, we are left in a lull (like that feeling the day after Christmas). We must choose our next steps wisely to make those words and those moments trajectory makers and memories that define who we are.
Here’s a couple of thoughts about living in the reality of blessing-
Talk about the great things that are ahead tomorrow and the ones years from now. Cultivate in your child a dreaming, adventurous spirit that sees through to the possible. Remind them of the favor and protection that is over their life.
Do adventurous things together. Build their confidence in multiple ways so that they have the confidence to step into the big, bold things God has for them. Hiking, serving together, a long-term project...doing great things helps our kids know that they can be done.
Remind them of who they are in God and that they bear His image. This goes beyond just “you’re smart“ or “you’re beautiful”, but saying scripture over them and having them declare it over their lives too! Psalm 139 is a great place to start. Some other ones to remind our children of who they are-
2 Corinthians 3:18, ”But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
1 John 4:9, “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.”
4. Continue to bless them. Speak words of life over their life- sincere, generous, and reviving words that go straight to their souls. Ask God to teach you those moments where they need those words and discernment for the moment that the words will hit the mark they are intended to hit.
A blessing is meant not just for a moment...but for that leap from good to great. Ordinary to extraordinary. Cool story bro to awestruck wonder. Let’s live our lives as the beloved, walking forward in the protection, favor, and blessing of our Father.