***This contest is now closed. Jason, Becky and David were our winners. Thanks to everyone for participating!***
In a previous post I mentioned the regular “bedtime blessing” routine in our family. Each night my husband would bless each of our children. The inspiration and instruction for doing this came from our dear friend and pastor, David Michael.
A Father’s Guide to Blessing His Children is a simple, practical, inexpensive and valuable tool that any dad can use. Here is David’s own description of why he created this resource:
This booklet and the accompanying blessing cards have grown out of a heart and vision to encourage men to bless their households. Most Christian men understand that they are called to be spiritual leaders in their home, but not all have a clear idea of what that means. Part of the reason for this is that many of us grew up with fathers who were not good examples of spiritual leadership. In fact, for the past several generations men were more likely to assume spiritually passive roles in the home, thus abdicating both the physical and spiritual care of their children and their wives. The more troubled families and marriages I see, the more I am motivated and inspired to encourage men toward life-giving spiritual leadership in the home.
These blessings are a simple yet powerful way for a father to express his prayer to God and to communicate a vision for the kind of men and women that he desires his children will one day be. In addition to his personal experience, David Michael shares a biblical understanding of blessing, and the fruits of blessing. There are also 24 scripture passages modified to fit the form of a blessing that a father may use with his own sons and daughters. These blessings are printed on 3″ x 5″ cards designed to fit in a shirt pocket that a father can carry with him to bless his sons and daughters before bedtime, or anytime.
Imagine the multiplied blessings that God might pour out on sons and daughters as these words from Psalm 112 flow over them from the heart of a loving father:
May you be a blessed man/woman who fears the Lord.
May you find great delight in the Lord’s commands.
May your children be mighty in the land. Even to the next generation, may you and your children be blessed.
May you find your wealth and your riches in God.
May you endure in righteousness forever.
Even in the darkness may the light dawn for you.
May you be a gracious, compassionate and righteous man/woman.
May you never be shaken. And may your name be remembered by the Lord forever. Amen!
This is a great resource for new fathers, veteran fathers, and grandfathers, as they seek to provide spiritual leadership for their families.
Do you know of a father who would benefit from this resource as he shepherds his children spiritually?
- PRIZE: A free printed copy of A Father’s Guide to Blessing His Children
- TO ENTER: Comment on this post and tell us one thing you admire about your father.
- CONTEST CLOSES: Wednesday, June 5 (Winners will be announced on Monday June 10.)