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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Monday, June 22, 2009

We Love You, Daddy



David Michael writes in "A Father's Guide to Blessing His Children," a booklet available from Children Desiring God:
Although blessing his wife and children will not make a man a godly leader, I have found it to be a place where many men can begin. The discipline of blessing his children at bedtime can begin to give a man a sense that he is doing something spiritually significant for his children. It helps him to feel more like a leader and thus more likely to embrace the wider responsibility for the spiritual encouragement of his wife and children. It helps build confidence when he sees God work through such a simple thing...(p. 13)

...Since I first began blessing my daughters I have had a vision of a night, 160 years from now. I imagine a young man kneeling beside his child's bed, pronouncing the same blessing that his great great great gandfather Michael pronounced over his great great grandma. This is more than a sentimental desire. it is rooted in an earnest prayer that a river of faith will flow through my descendents and that all of them will fear the Lord. (p. 17)
The booklet comes with two sets of blessing cards (12 per set) which have Scripture verses written in the form of spoken blessings.

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