“Throughout the Scriptures, we find a keen recognition of the power and importance of words. In the very beginning God spoke and the world came into being (Gen. 1:3). When he sent us His Son to communicate His love and complete His plan of salvation, it was His Word that “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). God has always been a God who communicates His blessing through words.” -The Blessing
A little over a week ago I finished reading, The Blessing, Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance, by John Trent & Gary Smalley. The book was a gift from my mother-in-love, and to be honest I was a little skeptical before I began to read. I have always tried to be intentional with my words, and use them in ways to build people up rather than tear down. A book about love and acceptance should probably be given to someone who is low on the compassion scale, not someone whose husband once told her she could be a professional mourner because of her ability to empathize well with others (true story I may share with you later).
Shortly into the first chapter my perspective changed. The pages of this book are filled with stories and practical application to living life to the fullest, and loving others intentionally. The primary focus of the book relates to a parent and how they use their words to speak blessing into the lives of their children. Page after page caused me to anticipate the arrival of our child. I am overwhelmed that the Lord has chosen Trey and I to be His mouth piece for speaking words of blessing and love to His little one for the years to come. This book has opened the door to quite a few conversations about how we plan to practically love this little guy to the fullest and point Him towards our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Not only has The Blessing been a great stepping stone for conversations between Trey and I, but it also led me to look at our marriage relationship.
Even after 3 short years of marriage, “routine” living can become very easy. Doing life side by side Trey is one of the greatest gifts the Lord has ever given me, and I desire to never take that for granted. However, as days turn into weeks, and weeks into months, etc. the ways our love and acceptance for one another are exhibited can take on different forms. The past few weeks of reading The Blessing were a sweet reminder of how important it is to love my husband, and tell him that in very practical ways. I long to use my words in a way to esteem my man, encourage him as he leads our family, and to ensure, no doubt about it, I am head over heels in love with him!
This is intentional living, giving the blessing. It is not easy, and it certainly does not happen overnight. Engaged, newly married, future parents, parents of grown children, married for centuries, whatever your season I would HIGHLY recommend picking this book up and giving it a read. Let’s use our words and live intentionally in a way that gives a blessing to those the Lord has given us the gift to know.