Shooting Arrows

Count Your Blessings

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your children might live!  You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20

It does terrible things to people when they don’t get a spoken blessing. Parents to children – If we don’t tell our children who they are, somebody else will. With your words, shoot arrows of favor into your children’s life.

“A wife is a reflection of her husband’s glory.”  Husbands to wives, wives to husbands; sibling to sibling, friend to friend, pastor to congregation, congregation to pastor, boss to employee, employee to boss… in all relationships, help thrust the people you say you love into a new level.

In the Old Testament, they understood the power of a blessing, words of favor and increase. You have a blessing built up on the inside for someone today; dare to release it. I don’t see just what you are but what you can become. You call it forth… speak it before you see it, this is faith in action.

 [1B] For some, the joy of a father’s blessing can be long in coming. One young woman whose childhood memories were mostly negative heard a message about gratefulness and sought to apply it in her relationship with her father. This is her testimony:

“. . . Over the years, God brought to my remembrance more and more things for which I could be thankful. Before I knew it, I was writing those things down and sending them to my father in letters. . . . I watched as our relationship slowly changed. . . .

“One day my husband came home from work to find me sitting on the living room floor, holding a letter from Daddy and crying. Bob asked if it was a good letter or a bad letter. I responded, ‘I’ve waited forty years for this letter!’ The letter told me how proud of me he was. It was my father’s blessing.” [1E]

I don’t know about you but as for me, well, I have a few letters I need to be busy writing. Counting my blessings as they come to mind, both past and present, to God be all glory, honor, and praise.

Speak a blessing and receive a blessing – today!

Now, my blessing for you this day… “May the Lord bless you and keep you; May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26) Now and through the end of the ages, may you feel Him with you; be blessed!

Copyright by ReflectionsByPj 20100815



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