1 Blessed is every one who fears the LORD,Who walks in His ways.
2 When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants All around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the LORD.
5 The LORD bless you out of Zion, And may you see the good of Jerusalem
All the days of your life.
6 Yes, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!
The psalmist speaks of the blessings of family when you walk with the Lord and fear Him. Your labor will be blessed, your family will be full of children, and you will be blessed with the joy of grandchildren as well. As you can see in the Scriptures above, God sees labor, family, and obedience to God as elements of a blessed life. When you look at family life, it is important to press past the frustrations and look at the blessings. Allowing hard work and emotional stress to cloud the image of a blessed family obscures one’s ability to praise God. Despite what you see in the forefront of the painting that is your life, look beyond to the background and the primary images and see the journey, the joys and sorrows, the riches that make the painting complete. Realize that God’s plan may not always make you “happy,” but it will bring you joy and blessings. Trust God to take you where you need to go, cost you exactly enough in sacrifice, and increase you mightily with His blessings. A quick side note: never think of children as a bother or a detour from your life’s dreams. Children are a blessing from God. See them as such and you will enjoy and thrive in parenting. God has His hand on you. Follow His leadership. Blessings will come!