This is a daily request from my sweet two-year-old. She loves to snuggle up at nap-time and bed-time with her baby, blankie, paci, and mommy. Honoring her simple repeated requests probably means more to me than to her.
To her, ‘nuggling means comfort, safety, and love as she burrows in a warm nest of blankets and pillows next to her mom. To me, it’s become a holy experience. And, I don’t mean holy in the sense that my child is soundly sleeping and mommy gets a break. What I mean is this…watching this small child sleep peacefully provokes a lot of prayers, devotions and praises. During this time,
- I’m reminded that her life is a beautiful blessing and gift from God.
- I’m reminded to pray for her and my other children. I pray that they become beacons of grace and that they soon learn to love and obey the Lord all the days of their lives.
- I’m reminded to keep basking in the Word. I often use nap time as my quiet time to do devotions and study.
- I’m reminded of what a blessing it is to be able to stay home with her and her siblings – praising God for this opportunity to serve joyfully at home (even when my baskets overfloweth with laundry)! In the past, I worked from home and nap-time was carefully orchestrated with no built-in buffer for anything unexpected. The kids went to bed and I tuned into my computer for the next three to four hours. Emails, task lists, reports and phone messages just couldn’t wait. I’m SO thankful to be able to serve my children for as long as they need me these days instead of rushing them off to bed so I can work.
So, next time your child asks you to do something that you don’t have time to do, instead of immediately replying that, “there’s no time,” ask yourself a simple question instead -“do I have time not to?” These small requests from our kids could often mean big teaching and learning moments for us. Besides, once these days pass, they are gone forever. Use them wisely and all for the glory of God.