Thursday, July 11, 2013

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And for today:

Thoughtful About . . . Words of Blessing

I decided, rather belatedly, to do the Bible-in-a-year schedule in the back of my new chronological Bible. I began on July 1, went through and penciled in all the new dates over the ones listed in the back, and got down to business last week.

As I'm reading through Genesis again, some things are jumping out at me that never have before. Today I read both Abraham's blessing of Isaac and Isaac's blessing, intended for Esau but given by deceit to Jacob.
Isaac Blessing Jacob by a student of Rembrandt

Now, I've read these things half a gazillion times. I've heard sermons on them. I've wondered about them. But today, as my kids run through the room laughing while I read, I thought about them in a new way.

What was it about those words that these men so craved? What made them so important? So special? So binding?

I don't exactly have the answers to that...but I have some thoughts. All through the Bible, both Old Testament and New, we see the power of words.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was Life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
John 1:1-2

“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
Colossians 4:6

“So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” 
I Samuel 3:19
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good WORD and work.”
II Thessalonians 2:16, 17

Words created...words bless...words curse...

And we often use them so thoughtlessly! I've mused on this before, but today I'm thinking especially about how we use them with our children.

It wasn't some random king that gave these blessings to the patriarchs. Sons didn't vie for the blessing of their neighbor. It was always their father whose words they wanted. Their fathers who gave them words not only about the physical belongings he himself would pass down, but about how his son's family would be received by the world for generations.

What is it about a parent's words that can do that...and am I keeping that in mind when I talk to my kids?

Our local bishop tells a story of an extremely popular, powerful evangelist who had brought countless souls to Christ over the years. Every night of his childhood, this someday-preacher's mother would kiss his forehead, give him a hug, and say, "The Lord has great plans for your life." He grew up knowing that it, he lived the promise, and we now, years later, can see its truth.

So what truth am I speaking into the lives of those I love best? What am I teaching my kids, yes, but more, what am I promising them?

Because one thing I know for sure--God doesn't change. If He honored the blessings spoken by a father upon a son in Abraham's day, He'll still do it today. If He poured out His peace upon a people at the word of their spiritual father in the New Testament, He'll continue pouring it upon us now.

And that means a lot of responsibility to us--responsibility we often ignore, are ignorant of, or--dare I say it?--embarrassed to use. We feel silly saying such deep things to our little children, who just want to play Hulk or Princess or Super-Spy. What do they care about blessings?

Maybe nothing yet--but they will someday. And I should be looking ahead to that someday. I should be speaking blessing and promise and love upon my children each and every day, binding them not only to my heart, but to the Father's.

When I was a girl, my parents always, always said, "You can be anything you want to be, do anything you want to do."

That's a blessing I'm living now, fueled by their faith in me and our Father. Thanks, Mom and Dad. ;-)

Now what about me and my kids? What about you?

My question to you today:

What's one promise or blessing or encouragement that has stuck with you through the years?

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  1. I remember when people, encourage me or say kind and uplifting words to me. It really can encourage me when I am feeling frustrated or discouraged or behind. It gives me strength to keep on working through it.

  2. I would have to say the promise that God is always there for you no matter what is something I try to remember.

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  3. What a great convicting post! Our words to our kids DO matter. I love the promise of God always being by our side - whether we think of it or not.
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  4. I was always encouraged to believe that I only ever had to do my very best. I knew that others may achieve higher and greater and bigger and better, but that's their best. I learned not to envy, but congratulate and often my best was the best too.

  5. That my Lord loves me, and wants the best for me God bless you Have a terrific day

  6. Love this post, Roseanna! We need to be deep thinkers and blessing givers, especially with the next generation.

    My favorite way to encourage others is to tell them they're smart and can do whatever it is they're working on. I'm a tutor, so that's what I do for a living... tell kids they're smart and can do the work well. I'm hoping it sticks with them like it did with me when I heard those words from my mom.


  7. From early on I was encouraged toward music, especially the piano, since God had gifted me with "piano hands" - long, slim fingers. I love playing and worshiping through it, and it's a blessing that not only do I feel for myself, but also that I can share with others.

  8. Great post! The first thing that came to mind when I read the question was a song I learned when I was very little: "I Am a Promise." There was something very powerful in knowing that God not only had a plan for my life, but He also enabled me to do what was right and follow His voice to that plan - a plan that wasn't just some day in my future but for each and every day of my life. That's definitely a promise and encouragement I'm passing on to my children!

  9. I've always been encouraged to try my best and not compare myself to others. I've also been encouraged to trust God, especially when times get rough.

  10. Lamentations 3:21-22 from my Precious Moments bible said "(21)Yet there is one ray of hope, (22)his compassion never ends. It is but the Lord's mercies that have kept us from complete destruction." And that always encourages me, ever since seventh grade.

  11. I would probably say that one promise/encouragement that has stuck me with the years is that God will never me!

    Talking about promises, one of the things I do every night with my son when I tuck him in for bed is tell him that I love him, Daddy loves him, but Jesus loves him more! I hope as my son grows up that he will always know that Jesus loves him more than we ever could (I'm sure many moms could agree that our love for our kids is HUGE so that is definitely saying something)!

  12. One promise/encouragement that has stuck with me is Mark 10:27 With God all things are possible.

  13. Fav. promise "Be still and KNOW that I AM God"

  14. encouraged by my mom to always do my best

  15. I couldn't really think of a specific encouragement but whenever someone shares a word of encouragement it can change my whole day and this is a great reminder to be more diligent in the encouragement of others!

  16. The promise that God is always there for me, I may not get the answers I want when I have requests but he is there for me.


  17. Hallo, Ms. White!

    The greatest blessing in my life, next to my faith, is that my parents always encouraged me to follow my heart. See where it led me, and they always encouraged my passions and interests. Knowing that one day, I'd realise my own gifts and talents to share with the world. They blessed me with the ability to take the journey and have fully supported me ever since. :)