Powerful Blessings

There are countless ways that an adult can bless a young person.  In Trent & Smalley’s book, The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance, dozens of specific examples are given by people who were greatly blessed by their parents.  Here are a few of those testimonies.  Surely there is something here which can inspire you to better express your love for the young people in your life.

  • My parents would take the time to really listen to me when I talked to them by looking directly into my eyes.
  • We were often spontaneously getting hugged, even apart from a task or chore.
  • They would let me explain my side of the story.
  • My father would put his arm around me at church and let me lay my head on his shoulder.
  • They were willing to admit when they were wrong and say, “I’m sorry.”
  • My parents prayed for me out loud, even when I didn’t feel like I deserved it.
  • My father loved me by loving my mother.
  • When I wrecked my parents’ car, my father’s first reaction wa to hug me and let me cry, instead of yelling at me.
  • My parents would always make sure I knew why I was being disciplined.
  • My parents never acted like they were perfect, and they never expected us to be perfect either.
  • Now that I’m an adult, I really appreciate how my father taught me to communicate with him.  That has helped me know how to talk with my husband now that I’m married.
  • I never felt as if I had to perform to gain my father’s approval.
  • Even when I was very overweight in high school, my parents still made me feel attractive.
  • My father let me share in his failures as well as his successes.
  • My mom used to rub my legs after cheerleading practice.
  • My father would ask to talk to each of us kids personally when he called in from a trip.
  • We would hold hands together when we said grace; then when we finished, we would squeeze the person’s hand next to us three time, which stood for “I love you.”

Author: Andy Kerckhoff

I'm a husband, father, teacher. I'm doing my best, wishing I could do better, and trying to help others to effectively lead kids through early adolescence.

1 thought on “Powerful Blessings”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s