A couple of weeks ago, after reflecting on a few difficult days, I was saddened by all of the negativity in our home. Unfortunately, despite the improvements my daughter (with sensory processing disorder) has made, we still have really bad days – even really, really bad days!
I confess I often lose my patience quicker than I should and yell far more than I want to admit. Despite my best attempts to rephrase and put corrections of my daughter’s behavior in the positive, she still hears a lot of “no,” “please don’t do that” or “please stop [insert any myriad of undesirable or harmful behaviors].” This is not the kind of environment I want for our family.
So I prayerfully decided to start speaking scriptural blessings to my family.
I memorized Numbers 6, referred to as Aaron’s benediction, commonly used by clergy today where benedictions are still given.
Two weeks ago, I told my daughter I wanted to bless her by reciting some verses from the Bible to her. I asked her to simply look me in the eyes as I spoke the Word of God to her. I didn’t know what to expect, but she calmed down(!) and smiled as I spoke. Then beaming she asked me to do it again! So I did! My 21-month-old son asked me to do it to him and had the same positive reaction.
We talked about how I am asking God’s blessing on them, for God’s grace and peace in their lives. As much as a 4 ½ year old understands this, she continues to request “the blessing” pretty regularly at various times throughout the day. She especially enjoys when I bless her before we drive to school.
This is one small way that I am trying to change the environment in our home for our family and all who visit with us (when appropriate). I should also share that my daughter has almost completely memorized Numbers 6:24-26 and has started speaking it over me now.
So now I say to you, dear one, reading this blog:
The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’ Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB)
Receive this blessing and with boldness go bless someone you love!