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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. Jen,
    This post brought tears to my eyes…what a special legacy your family has passed down. On one hand I felt somewhat envious of your father blessing you before you went to bed each night and how it positively affected your view and relationship with your heavenly Father. Had my father been able to do that (he was a man of few words) it might have been a shorter journey to know the grace and compassion of my heavenly Father. On the other hand, I was encouraged to know that the words of blessing I have spoken over my children will not return void. Though the waters may be rough for my son right now, I need to keep speaking words of blessing over him. What a powerful and thought provoking post!!
    Blessings to you,

    • Bev – you are so right. Those words will not return void and even though your son is in a rocky place right now, he knows the truth and I am sure has no doubt of your love for him. Those blessings you now pray are not far from him I am sure.

  2. What a beautiful message. Thank you for sharing God’s word in the social media. Very refreshing considering all the other things we are constantly exposed to.

  3. Love this post! My husband has written a blessing for each of our children lining up with scripture and the meanings of their names. He speaks it over them each night and even as teens now they still come to him before bed and receive their blessing. Even when they are spending the night at a friends house they call before it gets too late to receive their blessing.

    As one who grew up not practicing this part of blessing, I still stand back in awe at the power of these words in our children’s lives. Our daughter graduated this year and I wrote a post about this very thing. http://trippingovertypeset.com/2014/06/11/a-dream-coming-true/

    Thank you for sharing these words and a great reminder of the power of our words!

  4. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s so rare to hear of adults who already have this Christian legacy, normally it’s parents just beginning it. I look forward to the day when this is my children’s story.

    • I am continually thankful that my parents began this new legacy for our family. They were first generation believers and I know the gift of their faithfulness. The wonderful thing is that everyone’s legacy begins today. We aren’t defined by the past and that is such a gift.

  5. SO incredibly powerful. When each of our sons turned 15 we held a Rite of Passage ceremony to celebrate them stepping in to the journey of manhood. Each of them received both written and verbal words of affirmation from grandfathers and mentors. It marked them in profound ways!!

  6. I never received a blessing from either of my parents. Like Bev I am envious of you and the legacy you are leaving your children.

    Words of blessing are ones my husband speaks to me daily. He tells me he loves me and thanks me for everything I do. That means the world to me. Also little things like cards and e-mails that people send me. I treasure all of that!

    Blessings ::)

  7. When my kids were teens and my son drove himself and his sister to high school, before they left each day I said the Numbers 6 blessing over them. After Jimmy went off to college, somehow I dropped the practice …
    Until one morning, I had a sense of foreboding and ran out to the garage where Liz was just getting into her car. “Liz! The Lord bless you and keep you!” I called out. “Thanks, Mom!” she called back. Ten minutes later I got the call that every parent dreads. Liz had been in a car accident — but had escaped without injury, although the car was totaled.
    More than anything in my life, this incident assures me that God still speaks.

  8. Jen

    Thank you for reminding The power of Blessing through your preaching. It has touched me as I am a father of two daughters.


  9. Jenny I just want to share with you that when my two daughters attended school, college and work, every morning I imposed hands on them and declared that they would grow in wisdom and stature as The Lord and that they would find grace and favor before God and men.
    The result was that both obtained excellent grades and both became youth leaders and now they are married to good Christian husbands.

  10. I I am just reading The Healing Power of a Father’s Blessing by Linda Schubert and your testimony is so powerful you were so lucky to have a relationship with your father and many blessings. I had never heard of blessings before, we say God Bless You to people and at Mass the priest blesses us. I write in my grand children’s cards May God bless you and keep you in his special care always but until now reading this book and seeing your testimony I hadn’t realised the importance of it. My mum used to say count your blessings which I always try to do but find an actual blessing so powerful. I used to tell my children I loved them every day but wish I has said a blessing to them as well (they are 35 and 37) please pray for me Jenny as I have to have a scan to see if my cancer had returned. May God Bless you always.

  11. Dear Jen, thank you very much for this inspiring message. It struck a deep cord in my heart. My son turned 20 on June 27th and I wrote him a letter speaking the blessings of God into his life with the scriptures and using the word to encourage him in his walk. I trust God that as he reflects and meditate on the letter, the truth of God’s word will be engraved upon his heart. Reading your message today is a confirmation for me that my prayer is answered already. God bless you. I am sharing this with my family and friends.

  12. My Dad gave me and my sister words of blessing before he passed on. ‘Twas really a heart-warming moment which we treasured until this day.

  13. God seems to be speaking to me about this recently. Thanks for being one more confirmation. May His blessings be upon all who love Him with an undying love (and those who will but aren’t quite there yet).

  14. Dear Linda, thanks for sharing. I always see it a duty to pray for our chikdrn. To the extent that I bought a book titled “Prayinh for My Son” and this beautiful book went through character n emotions topics and supported by a scripture for each single prayer. Lovely and wonderful!

  15. Thanks for the encouragement and inspiration. I have a decorative plague with the verse from Numbers on it but haven’t really used it. I think I might find a place for it and use it as a reminder to pray over my children. Thanks!