I just got all my little ones tucked in bed for the night. The whole procedure takes me awhile, but after it is all said and done I know it is worth all that time and more!
I always read to the children in the evenings. Right now I am reading to the younger crew out of a bed time Bible story book, and then to Sam and Sarah from a missionary story. That takes about 30 to 40 minutes or more to do that. ( It never goes with out interruptions )
Then they have a bed time snack and then everyone heads in the bathroom for washing up and brushing teeth. Then into their beds they go.
And that starts the next and last part of their bedtime routine.
I go to each of their beds, and study the Bible verse with them that they are practicing for the week. And then we talk about their day a bit. And then before we pray I have started asking them these questions; what are they thankful for today, are they sorry for anything, and what do they want to pray for? Then I pray with them. We thank the Lord for the day and different things they are thankful for, and we say we're sorry for the things they are sorry about that they did wrong, and then pray for certain things or people. Sometimes this gets a bit lengthy and time consuming on my part, but I try hard not to rush this time with each one.
Sure this cuts into my evening time considerably, but I feel this time is so important and vital to their spiritual life and growth, as well as special individual time with each child. So I may not be left with my much peace and quite time before I to have jump in bed my self. But this is a major top priority to me. And I am willing to do what is most important. This time will pass. The children grow so quick.
~So if your a mom like me with little ones or older ones please, please take the time with them in the evenings to pour into them. It is worth your time dear mom!
I will share a couple poems here that you may enjoy that I wrote last year to go in my book called, More than a Mother. They reflect on the fragility of life and what is really important. ( These poems were written a couple months after the tragic and sudden death of our 14 year old son. )
Keep up the great work of being a Mother! God bless you!
In Him, Mae
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of over 22 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 3 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae