Day 1: Read Philippians 1:3-4. Like Paul, how can you use your prayers to give thanks and bless someone? Whom will you pray for God to bless today?
Day 2: Read Luke 6:27-28. Most of us don't identify specific enemies, more like people we would rather not spend time with. Who didn't make your list yesterday for God's blessing, that you can pray for today? How might praying for those we seek to avoid, transform our relationship with them, turn an enemy into a friend?
Day 3: Read Hebrews 3:13. Blessing is intended to become a daily response. Ask the Holy Spirit to prompt you to bless others you meet today. How did He do that yesterday? Whom might He prompt you to bless today?
Day 4: Read Matthew 3:17. A Southern saying states, "No man is a man until his father tells him he is." God, the Heavenly Father, affirms Jesus as His Son. These are the same words He speaks to us in our baptism. How have you been affirmed and validated as a person by someone else? Whom can you affirm today for the gift God has given you in them?
Day 5: Read Proverbs 25:11. A childhood saying goes, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." Broken bones mend over time ... this is not always true for harsh and hurting words. What verbal hurts do you need to seek God's healing for? How have "apt words"** impacted your life? When has God given you just the right word to bless someone? What "apt words"** is God placing on your heart to share with someone else?
Day 6: Read Ephesians 4:29. Describe in your own words what God (through Paul) tells us to do. How are these words especially true in blessing someone in the presence of others? Where might God be calling you to bless someone with words for building others up?
**Some Example Apt Words: "Thank you." "I love you." "You can do this!" "Let me pray for you." "Way to go!"
You can Go Deeper this week by reading the book The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance (Revised & Updated) by John Trent and Gary Smalley.