Seven Sacred Pauses: The Blessing Hour

The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands.

(Deut 28)

Bless all his skills, Lord, and be pleased with the work of his hands.

(Deut 33)

They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”

(Neh 6)

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.

(Psalm 90)

Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

(Prov 31)

Observed at 9 am, I’ve already been awake for three hours.  Yet I feel stiller and more at peace than I did this time last week.  I love this hour.  The scripture for this pause is from Psalm 90, “Let your loveliness shine on us, and bless the work of our hands.”

Oh.  Don’t you love that?  Can’t you picture HIS loveliness shining on you?  It’s almost too much.

Jen Hatmaker shares this about this hour, “At this hour the opportunities are still endless, making it the perfect time to invite the Spirit to stir our souls.  This pause can redirect our morning trajectory from ‘efficient’ to ‘inspired’….the Blessing Hour is about the sacredness of our hands and work.  Whatever our work looks like we ask the Spirit to bless us with creativity, composure, inspiration, love.”   I led with these references, but in this pause I poured over the scripture full of references to God blessing, granting favor to, and establishing the work of our hands.  What an encouragement as I begin my work day.  He wants to bless me right in the middle of this day-to-day work.  I ask for His direction and “fresh wind” on the work I do today.

And I leave you with this thought.  Not only did God show me how the work of my hands is sacred, I got a glimpse of the work of HIS hands in Isaiah 60:

They are the shoot I have planted,

the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor.

See that, WE are the works of His hand.  Imagine what He can do when you let Him bless the works of your hand.

Comments

  1. Valerie Bothell says:

    I just wrote a book on crazy quilting and I felt the Lord with me the whole time but never thought about the fact he was blessing the work of my hands…..so wonderful!

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