Thursday, April 27, 2017

100 Biblical Blessings to Pray Over Your Children

EDITED since last time to correct mistakes.

Painting by: Ron DiCianni "Spiritual Warfare"

100 Biblical Blessings to Pray Over Your Children

"And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them." Mark 10:16

1. May you be blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
2. May you be holy and blameless before the Father. (Ephesians 1:4).
3. May you remember that you are a son/daughter by the Father through Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will and are accepted in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:5-6).
4. May the Lord keep you from any accident, harm, sickness, danger, and all enemy attack- physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. (Psalm 91)
5. May you always remember that you are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. (Ephesians
1:7, Colossians 1:14).
6. May you always keep an eternal perspective and redeem the time. (Ephesians 5:16)
7. May you hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother;
for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
Proverbs 1:8-9
8. May you enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. May you be thankful to Him and bless His name, for He is good and His mercy is everlasting; His truth endures to all generations. (Psalm 100:4-5)
9. May you never forget that you are saved by grace through faith, not your own works
(Ephesians 2:8-9).
10. May you fulfill all the good things God planned for you long ago (Ephesians 2:10 NLT).
11. May you remember that you have been brought to the Father by the blood of Christ
(Ephesians 2:13).
12. May you bear fruit in every good work and increase in the knowledge of God.
(Colossians 1:10 NAS).
13. May you be rooted and grounded in love. (Ephesians 3:17).
14. May you be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man according to the riches of His glory (Ephesians 3:16).
15. May Christ dwell in your heart by faith. (Ephesians 3:17).
16. May God do exceedingly abundantly above all that you could ask or think according to His power that works in you. (Ephesians 3:20).
17. May God give you the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians 15:57).
18. May you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might as you put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11
19. May you have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
20. May your descendants be mighty on earth because you have feared the Lord and delighted in His commandments. (Psalm 112:1-2)
21. May you be in Christ Jesus and therefore a new creation. Old things have passed away and all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
22. May you always remember that if you sin, you have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1 ESV).
23. May you always remember all of God’s promises are yes and amen for you because you are in Christ (2 Corinthians1:20).
24. May you know that you are qualified in Christ to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints (Colossians 1:12).
25. May you always remember that God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
26. As you live in God, may your love grow more perfect. (I John 4:17 NLT).
27. May you receive an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. May you reign in life through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
28. May you shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of your Heavenly Father. (Matthew 13:43)
29. May you look out not only for your own interests but also for the interests of others (Philippians2:4).
30. May you flee youthful lusts; and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22
31. May you walk humbly with God, and always be convicted quickly about any sin in your life. (Micah 6:8)
32. May you be kind and tenderhearted to others. May you forgive them as God in Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32).
33. May you always remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13).
34. May God set a guard over your mouth. May He keep watch over the door of your lips (Psalm141:3).
35. May you let the peace of Christ rule in your heart. As a member of one body, you are called to peace and are thankful (Colossians 3:15 NIV).
36. May you walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in all respects. (Colossians 1:10 NAS).
37. May you be strengthened with all power according to His might. May you have great endurance and patience (Colossians 1:11 NIV).
38. May you never have a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind.
(2 Timothy 1:7)
39. May the Lord load you daily with benefits. May He always be your salvation (Psalm 68:19).
40. May your descendants be many, and your offspring be like the grass of the earth. (Job 5:25)
41. May you meditate on God’s word day and night and be successful and prosperous (Psalm 1:2-3, Joshua 1:8).
42. May God make all grace abound toward you so that you always have all sufficiency and an abundance for every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).
43. May you love righteousness and hate evil. (Psalm 97:10, 101:3, Amos 5:15, Romans 12:9)
44. May you honor the Lord with your wealth and the first fruits of all your produce. Then, shall your barns be filled with plenty. Your vats will overflow with new wine (Proverbs 3:9-10).
45. May you bring the whole tithe into the storehouse and He shall open the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing so great that you don’t have enough room for it (Malachi 3:10).
46. May your steps be directed by God’s Word and no iniquity have dominion over you. (Psalm 133:1)
47. May you give and receive- Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will it be put into your lap (Luke 6:38).
48. May you come through all of life’s tests as gold. (Job 23:10)
49. May your path shine like the shining sun, shining brighter unto the perfect day.(Proverbs 4:18)
50. May you experience all blessings as you walk daily in obedience to the Lord our God (Deuteronomy 28:2 NLT).
51. May you be blessed in the city and blessed in the country (Deuteronomy 28:3).
52. May you be blessed from the fruit of your body. (Deuteronomy 28:4).
53. May you always praise the Lord with all your heart and glorify His name forever. Psalm 86:12
54. May the Lord bless you when you come in and when you go out. (Deuteronomy 28:6).
55. May the LORD cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face. (Deuteronomy 28:7).
56. May the Lord’s blessing be on your storehouses and in all that you set your hand to do, and may He bless you in the land that He is giving you (Deuteronomy 28:8).
57. May you keep all His commandments and walk in His ways (Deuteronomy 28:9).
58. May all the people of the earth see that you are called by the name of the LORD. Deut 28:10
59. May you always listen to wise counsel and receive instruction so that you will be wise in your latter days. (Proverbs 19:20)
60. May the LORD open to you His good treasure, the heavens to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand. (Deuteronomy 28:12).
61. May you remember that you can only overcome evil with good. God is your defender. (Romans 12:21)
62. May you not overwork to be rich as you remember that riches makes themselves wings and fly away like an eagle. (Proverbs 23:4)
63. May you have a teachable spirit and a servant’s heart. May you listen to God and desire to do His will. (Proverbs 15:33)
64. May the Lord bless you and surrounds you with favour as a shield (Psalm 5:12).
65. May your ways please the LORD and may He make even your enemies to be at peace with you. (Proverbs 16:7).
66. May He become to you wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (I Corinthians 1:30).
67. May the God of hope fills you with all joy and peace in believing so that you abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
68. May you abound with the fruit of the Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
69. May you always rejoice and pray without ceasing. In everything, may you give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:16-18).
70. May you be steadfast in mind. May He keep you in perfect peace because you trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3).
71. May the joy of the LORD be your strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
72. May you be confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).
73. May God work in you both to will and to do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
74. May you do all things without grumbling or complaining so that you will prove yourself to be blameless and innocent. You are a child of God who is above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world. (Philippians 2:14-15).
75. May you hold fast to the word of life. In the day of Christ’s return, you will have reason to glory because you did not run or labor in vain (Philippians 2:16).
76. May you always rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4,5).
77. May you be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
78. May you choose to meditate on anything that has virtue or is praiseworthy. May you think about things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report (Philippians 4:8).
79. May you press on, that you may lay hold of that which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, May you press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).
80. The Lord is your God! He is mighty to save. May He rejoice over you with gladness and singing. May you be quieted by His love (Zephaniah 3:17).
81. May God instruct you and keep you as the apple of His eye (Zechariah 2:8).
82. May you be a crown of glory and a royal diadem in the hand of the LORD (Isaiah 62:3).
83. May He delights in you for you are married to Christ. (Isaiah 62:4)!
84. May God rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride (Isaiah 62:5).
85. May you remember that the LORD has chosen you for Himself as His special treasure (Psalm 135:4).
86. May you speak God’s word and increase in faith as you hear the Word of the Lord. (Romans 10:17).
87. May God satisfy your mouth with good things and renew your youth like the eagles’ (Psalm103:5).
88. May you declare God’s word about who you are, what you have, and what you can do in Christ Jesus who gives you strength. May you be established as His daughter/son in all ways. (Job 22:8, Isaiah 60:1).
89. May you enjoy peace, hope, joy, and refreshment in your relationship with the Lord. (Psalm 16:11)
90. May you serve God and others with pure motives. May God be glorified in everything you do. (Colossians 3:23-24)
91. May you persist in speaking God’s word until it accomplishes its purpose. It is like fire. It is like a hammer that shatters a rock (Jeremiah 23:29).
92. May the Lord give you the tongue of the disciples. May you know how to speak a word in due season to those who are weary (Isaiah 50:4).
93. May the Lord God awaken you every morning to fellowship with Him. May He opens your ears to hear as the learned (Isaiah 50:4).
94. May you speak pleasant words that are sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. May you be wise and bring healing (Proverbs 16:24, Proverbs 12:18).
95. May you have a wholesome tongue which is a tree of life to yourself and others. (Proverbs 15:4,Proverbs 11:30, Proverbs 18:21).
96. May you always speak words of life. May you be satisfied with the good by the fruit produced by your words.
(Proverbs 12:14, Proverbs 18:20).
97. May the Lord protect and guard all your paths and be a lamp unto your feet. (Prov. 2:8, Prov. 3:23-24, Psalm 119:105)
98. May God forgive all your iniquities and heal you of all of your diseases (Psalm 103:3).
99. May God redeem your life from the pit. May He crown you with loving kindness and compassion. (Psalm 103:4)
100. May the Lord give you a clean heart and a steadfast spirit within you. Psalm 51:10


Adapted from:
http://ignitinghope.com/blog/75-biblical-declarations

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Importance of Blessing Your Children


As parents we are called to pray for our children, pray with our children, and bless our children with our mouth using scripture as a reference. God’s Word never returns void. So many times as parents we neglect these 3 things and then get discouraged when we see negative behavior or attitudes take shape in our children’s lives. We forget that our words have the power of life or death. It’s easy as parents to use words that tear down instead of build up. With the Lord’s help we can begin speaking life into our children instead of speaking death by our nagging, accusing, and negative words. I have to admit, it took some time getting used to praying out loud with my children and speaking blessings over their life. I was so used to praying alone for my children, but thankfully the Lord showed me the importance of praying with my children and speaking life-giving blessings found in scripture over my children.

Blessing your children isn’t a “name it and claim it” type of formula that is common in these last days, but is a practice that has been handed down from Abraham and is mentioned all throughout the Bible.
God commanded the priests to bless the children of Israel. Today, each father is the priest over his own home and should also bless his children.
“Ladies you are the ones that will set the spiritual temperature in your home. The husband is the Priest of the home, but you women are the keepers of the home. You're influence will create peace or strife in your house.”

Blessing - means to invoke divine favor upon, to confer or favor with talent, confer well being or prosperity upon.

“We must understand first of all, that all blessing come from the Lord.”

“Our words are powerful tools, they can hurt or heal. An old children's tale has for most of us proven itself very untrue. "Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me." How wrong! Words have a life changing power to hurt us or heal us. When a child is constantly told he or she is no good, they cannot do anything right, these words make life long influences on the child and will be carried into adulthood effecting their entire life. This is why God has so strongly required the church to speak words of life to others. Christian's must learn the power that their words have on others, not to mention how our words even effect our own lives.”

PRO 12:18 - Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
PRO 16:24 - Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
PRO 15:4 - The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
PRO 18:21 - The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

“Blessing our children communicates to our children of their importance to us and their place in the family. It also places in them an expectancy of God's power in their life. God has promised to bless those that we bless, as we speak the blessing over our children it releases the power of God in their lives and we will eventually see change in the life of the child. Blessing is more than just encouragement given to a child, it has the power to shape character and set the purpose of God in the life of the child. As we speak the blessing over the child, it assures them of the promise of God and gives them hope for their future. The blessing will also draw a family together. Where once anger and resentment were present, through the blessing, God will change and heal hearts and bring a family back together. If you have a rebellious child living out of the home, by speaking the blessing to them each time you talk with them instead of judging them and criticizing them, you will see a change in time. It will begin to mend the hurts of the past and draw the family back together.”

1CH 16:43 - Then all the people left, each for his own home, and David returned home to bless his family.

When we withhold words of blessing from our children, we are withholding love, importance and encouragement
A child who has received words of blessing over his childhood will grow into a strong adult. He will have far less insecurities in his life than a child who has not received the words of blessing. Our words must encourage our children, they must relate our love and acceptance of them. Many parents speak more criticism and rebuke to their children than reaffirming their child's good traits. If we discourage our children with our words they will build insecurities that will follow them all their lives. These words will also cause them to build a wall no longer allowing you to have a good influence on them. In other words they will just simply tune you out.
Your Children To The Lord I have counseled many parents of teenagers who cannot let go of their children. They want to dominate every area of their lives. While I believe very strongly in family discipline and the need for parents to protect their children. At a certain age, it is important to allow them to begin making some of their own decisions. We must trust the Lord to work in their lives.

GEN 48:15-16 - Then he blessed Joseph and said, "May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, the Angel who has delivered me from all harm may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly upon the earth."

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

How to Bless Your Children:

“When blessing your children we should use our right hand.
“Right hand” occurs 166 times in the Bible so it is no accident that the words “right hand” has significant meaning.
The right hand signifies strength.
The ancient patriarchs usually blessed their children and grandchildren with their right hand as with the case of Jacob, whose name was later changed by God to Israel, for example when “Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, crossing his hands (for Manasseh was the firstborn)” (Gen 48:14).
Clearly we see that the right hand is symbolic of ruler-ship, authority, sovereignty, blessing, and strength and is significant in Scripture. We even see this in separating the sheep from the goats at the judgment as Jesus said “Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left” (Matt 25:32-33). Being on the right side is critical to our eternal destiny and fatal to those on the left. For all who trust in Christ, they will be placed on the right hand side of Christ because they will have imputed to them the very righteousness of the Son of God (2 Cor 5:21).”
Source: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2015/06/13/what-does-the-right-hand-symbolize-or-mean-in-the-bible/

When blessing your children lay your hands on them or hold them in your arms.
The Patriarchs always laid their hands on the individual they were blessing. Touch has always been connected to the blessing.

How Often?

You can bless your children weekly (we do Friday evenings), daily, or on special occassions.
Special Occasions:
13th birthday, 16th birthday, wedding, first day of college, birthdays, graduation, baby shower.

There are no rules or laws. Just begin doing it and know that God’s Word will not return void, but will fulfill It’s purpose.

Mark 10:16
And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

To learn more about the history of blessing and Biblical examples:

Free download on Blessing Your Children:
http://app.razorplanet.com/acct/40722-9966/resources/Blessing_Book.pdf

The Family Blessing:
https://www.amazon.com/Family-Blessing-Rolf-Garborg/dp/1934770620/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493226035&sr=8-1&keywords=the+family+blessing

William T. Ligon, Sr. in his book "Imparting the Blessing to your Children

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thomas Edison Would Have Been Given Adderall Today

An excellent read on one of the many benefits of homeschooling!



Read full article HERE.

“The trouble with our way of educating is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mold. It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory than observation.” - Thomas Edison

"For children with a natural tendency to be active and moving, or who don't learn best by sitting still and listening passively to an adult, school is not a good fit. These children are often frustrated by school and its rigidity, and teachers are frustrated by behavior that can make classroom control an issue. Schooling and normal childhood behaviors are very often incompatible. In fact, many of the families I know who decided to home-school their children--often without ever considering the option before--did so because they realized that schooling was crushing their child's originality, creativity, and exuberance. Like Nancy Edison, they wanted better for their children."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So- Psalm 107



Psalm 107

Let the redeemed (bought by the precious blood of Christ) of the Lord give thanks unto the Lord because:

He is good, His mercy endures forever, He has redeemed us from our enemy, He has satisfied our hungry and thirsty souls,
He hears and answers our cries, He delivers us from our distress, He leads us in the path of rigteousness, He brings us out of darkness and the shadow of death, He breaks our strongholds, He brings healing with His Word, He keeps us from destruction, He calms our storms, He lifts us above our afflictions.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Before I accepted the Lord, I wandered around on this earth in a wilderness. I felt alone and was always searching for something or someone to satisfy my soul. I hungered to feel loved and accepted. I thirsted for the things of this world, but never found satisfaction. I remember living each day in a pit of despair and considered taking my own life on more than one occasion. I hated life and just wanted my misery to end. I was bound in the shackles of sin and knew I needed God. I cried out to Him, not in true repentance, but for relief from my misery. It wasn’t until after my oldest daughter was born that I finally realized what it meant to completely surrender my life to the Lord and be born again. No more could I sin without being convicted. He gave me a new heart that loves righteousness and hates evil. He gave me eyes to see life from His perspective and ears to hear and understand His Word. He gave me hope. He gave me the love and acceptance was seeking. He literally brought my soul out of the hell of depression and saved my soul from destruction. If it wasn’t for the mercy of God, I would have died in my sins and spent eternity separated from Him. There were many times my life could have been snuffed out because of my careless living, but God in His mercy preserved me. He foreknew that I would turn to Him and accept Him as my Savior.
I have to admit that I don’t praise Him enough for what He has done for me. I think it’s good to often take the time to remember what the Lord has saved us from and how His mercy and love has carried us throughout our lives. Psalm 107 is a great reminder of God’s goodness to us. For while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy!


Psalm 107
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:
12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
15 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;
34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.
36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;
37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.
40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.
41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.
42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

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