Thursday, October 07, 2010

Birthday Blessing

My daughters, today you turn four years old and today I thank the Lord for each and every moment that our lives have been entwined.  The joy that I experience each time I see your face or hear your voice comes from the knowledge that God has ordained that you would walk through this life with me as your daddy.

The awesomeness of this responsibility is not lost on me.  I shutter at the fact that I am the primary vessel the Lord has chosen to use to model the character of God in your life.  I shutter but I also know that when I am weak, He is strong, when I stumble, He picks me up, and though I may falter, He never changes.

My prayer for you is the following:  that you would love Jesus and that you would permit the Holy Spirit to direct you towards the purpose that God has for your life.

Together with that prayer, I also bless you this day.

I bless the moments that we spend together, that you may know the love of a father.

I bless the moments that we are apart, that you may be secure in that love.

I bless your relationship with your mother, that you may understand the heart she has towards her children.

I bless your relationship with your sister, that your bond would support you during all of life's difficulties.

I bless your relationship with your extended family, that you would take up the heritage of faith that has been provided for you.

I bless your relationships with authority figures, that you may learn to submit to godly authority.

I bless your relationships with your peers, that you may become wise regarding whom you allow to influence you.

I bless your mind, that your may gain wisdom and knowledge.

I bless your body, that you would continue to be in health.

I bless your spirit, that you would know the path of righteousness.

And I leave you with the blessing of God.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you
  and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you
  and give you peace.

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