All throughout the Bible we find references to “the blessing”. We see it from the beginning in Genesis 1:27-28.
27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28And God BLESSED them, and God SAID unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
We see it at the end in Revelation 22:14.
BLESSED are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
“The Blessing” is like an impartation into another person of the power of God. It generally involves the act of speaking. It’s not solely about the spoken words, but also involves action towards those being blessed. To bless another is to give them honor, praise, significance, and to encourage and empower them for a better life.
This is what I want to do for my home this year. I want to take 365 days in 2012 and speak blessings over my husband, daughter and son individually. Of course I don’t want to limit “the blessing” to just them, but I want to be intentional in the lives of those in closest proximity to me. Charity begins at home, right? This year has 366 days, so on the last day of the year I would like to do something special to “look back” and see how their lives changed. I don’t quite know what that will be, but I have some time to decide.
I wanted to share this journey with you. On occasion, I will share the blessings I am speaking over my family a particular day. Maybe you might be encouraged to speak words of life over others too. Here is the blessing I gave my daughter yesterday ( I look into her eyes and speak to her as a valued human being. Totally different spirit from the times I want to hang her upside down by her foot from the tree in our backyard)……
I BLESS YOU WITH A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF GOD’S AFFECTIONS FOR YOU. I BLESS YOU TO EXPERIENCE HIS MANIFEST PRESENCE IN YOUR LIFE. MAY YOU KNOW YOUR WORTH TO SUCH A DEGREE THAT MEDIOCRITY AND INADEQUACY HAVE NO PLACE IN YOUR LIFE.
Side note: We are 11 days into this and my daughter has started giving me blessings as well. One sounded a little something like this….
I bless you to walk next to the tree and see that and take the trash to the circus on a sunny day.
Lol! Gotta love her.