One of the best things about being a parent is getting to watch your children grow up.
That’s also one of the hardest things, particularly when the paths our kids choose don’t line up with our vision for what “their happiness” is supposed to look like, or when we aren’t really sure what God’s best plan is for their lives. It can be easy, during those iffy or uncertain times, to be tempted to give in to fear, or to worry because we aren’t really sure what how to pray.
But let’s don’t. Instead, let’s take back that ground with a blessing, releasing our ideas and agendas to God and trusting Him to accomplish his plans in the lives of the people we love.
And if you’re in a spot where maybe you don’t love a particular choice your child makes, know this: A blessing is not the same thing as an endorsement. Rather, it’s simply a way of acknowledging God’s sovereignty in our children’s lives and inviting him to shepherd their future.
Just a thought. And if you like it, you’ll find a collection of well-loved “scripture blessings” in the Adult Children book.
For now, though, here’s our family’s favorite:
Bless ______ and keep them; make Your face shine on ______ and be gracious to them.
Turn Your face toward ______ and give them peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)