Tell Aaron and his sons, This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
We all need God’s blessing in our lives. It is as fundamental as the need for air. Our children, likewise, need to hear blessings come from our lips, early and often. One way I have found to bless my children is to put together a verse and song that help them learn the meaning of their names. If I call out, Noah, that is the same as if I call out, Comfort, and I want him to know that the two words are one and the same. We gave them their names after considerable thought; it is only right they should learn what their names mean and how they can strive to live up to it and please the LORD.
To prepare this, I find definitions for the child’s names, think of character qualities that go with the meaning if the meaning isn’t already a virtue. I look for a Bible verse that has the name or meaning in it, and conveys the blessing I am seeking to give. Then, I make up a song that covers the gist of the verse, usually to a tune that they already know well. My hope is that they will be affirmed and given purpose every time their verse is spoken or song is sung.
This is a great way to put God’s Word in children’s hearts!
Noah’s is my favorite, I’ll share it here as an example:
Noah Christian-“comfort” and “follower of Christ”
Verse: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.
Song (I made up the tune to this one):
May Noah be strong in every good work
May Noah be strong in every good word
Noah Christian, Jesus loves you
May He comfort you and give you hope.
See? It’s easy. I need to get to work on Baby A’s. ‘father’s joy’ and ‘pure’. Luke already has a song that he plays on his guitar for her; I’ll probably add the blessing to that as the second verse.
My sister-in-law put together really neat ones for her kids- take a look at Cousin C’s song.
Let’s commit to doing all we can to bless our children. I want my kids to be so smothered in sincere affirmation that they have to say, “Okay, quit blessing me, already!”
Along the same lines, a post a while ago by Shannon about praying Scripture for your children came to mind while I was typing/deleting/typing this post. Check it out, too.
More Works For Me Wednesday tips here.