As our boys anxiously awaited today’s “snow” day, my husband and I decided to let them stay up a little later (only 30 minutes). You see, bedtime in our home has become a big production: there are meds to take, bathroom breaks to take and then, The Ritual.
As a new mom I started a bedtime ritual with my first born that carried over to my second born and it remains to this day. My “babies” are now 8 and 6 years old and that ritual has become their “teddy bear”; they can’t go to sleep without it. What is the ritual, you ask? When they were babies I would hold them in my arms and sing them to sleep. I know, I know…big mistake! Naive me thought the day would come when I could just send them to bed on their own, but I’m still waiting for that day. Until then, I will continue to treasure every moment that they still want me around.
So, each night I lay in each of their beds, sing a church song and then pray the following prayer: Lord, I pray for restful and peaceful sleep and pleasant dreams. For the 6 year old (Baby Boy) I added “And I rebuke Satan that he will have no nightmares.” Kisses good night, then I exit stage right. I generally sing whatever song happens to be on my heart, but my baby boy will often put in a request for his fave and then will proceed to join me in song. Last night’s selection was our version of “How Can It Be” by Lauren Daigle .
You can enjoy her video here. What is your bedtime ritual?
Until next time…
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7 ESV)