Years ago as a young mom, a friend, Cookie told me she prayed over her kids every morning as they left for school.
Mama Influence through blessing.
I took up the practice. I use the blessing from my weekly church youth meetings. Number 6:24-26.
“Go out to the car. I’m late. I’ll be there in a minute.”
I swallow my retort some days. Some I don’t. I am learning grace and praying I show it well.
The Lord…be gracious to you.
Today I was not gracious.
This morning we rode in silence and I withheld my verbal blessing. Each morning, I say a blessing over my girls as they go out the door for a day in the mini shark tank otherwise known as middle school and high school.
This morning, I was silent. On the way home, I said blessing over her repeatedly in my mind. I confessed my unloving attitude.
Mama Influence is huge. It isn’t measurable or always evident. Even today though my mother has been in heaven for over 20 years not only do I miss her, I still want her advice and her approval.
Mama Influence is huge. I don’t always appreciate that. I forget to encourage and speak words of life to my kids. All of them; from the oldest at 33 to the youngest of 14. Five in all.
They all still want my blessing. Dare I say, they need it? A blessing is affirming regardless of situation or behavior. It is a gift of grace and love.
The power of the spoken blessing is huge!
The silent treatment is not a good parenting technique. It is NOT to be counted as a best practice. It is wrong.
The silent treatment is withholding. It is not the same as keeping your thoughts to yourself. It is a heart action meant to convey disapproval, and maybe even to inflect hurt. It is manipulative.
It is wrong.
Before I go out for the day and after I find my phone, I will text blessing to my beloved daughter.
Actually, I think I’ll text them all.
The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance, And give you peace.
If you’re a mom how do you bless you kids each day? Or how did your mom bless you daily?