Christian had a little help with making his B's (left), while Isaac free handed his all on his own (right).
anyway, we read about Jesus healing the blind man, wrote with blue crayons, stuck poufy little bugs on our papers and we sang songs with the letter B in them. and one of the songs we sang was "Blessed Be the Name" a hymn by William H Clark & Ralph E. Hudson. it made my heart so happy, i had to share the first verse and the refrain with you. :)
"All praise to Him who reigns above in majesty supreme,
Who gave His Son for man to die, that He might man redeem!
Blessed be the name, blessed be the name, blessed be the name of the Lord;
Blessed be the name, blessed be the name, blessed be the name of the Lord!"
how wonderful is that!? to remember the gift of God, His son Jesus Christ. He died for us so that He could redeem us (read more about God's plan of salvation here). and then to sing over and over again, blessed be the name of the Lord!
how often do we bless the name of the Lord? probably not often enough. i know it can feel a little "old english" to say the phrase "blessed be the name of the Lord." so why not try putting it in your own words? maybe, "praise the Lord!"
i had a friend in high school that would call these types of comments "God speak". she was so accustomed to using these phrases that it flowed out of her. it was just as natural to hear Emily say "praise the Lord!" as it was to hear others say "cool," or "awesome." but the impact was immensely different! rather than just being excited about something, it gave honor to our Father who brought it into our lives. it encouraged others to give glory to God and praise Him for the things He was doing in and around us. it constantly put the focus on our Creator and how good and great He is!
i want to encourage you to try and practice some "God speak" in your daily life today. it might feel awkward in the beginning. but then again, every good habit feels a little odd at first (ex. excersize, drinking more water, etc.). and just as you have to train a child to use "please" and "thank you," you will have to train your mind to use these types of phrases. so hang in there. just keep using them, and i'm sure before you know it, it will come as easy as other responses.
Bless the Lord for the things He teaches us, even as we are teaching our children!