Never Too Early
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My sweet baby girl, Tessa, is developing quite the opinion at her ripe age of 15 months. I love watching her learn. Her little eyes wide open to her world, taking it all in.
Each night my husband and I say prayers with our children individually. Yes, it takes a little extra time for each of us to pray with each of them (6 at home!) but it is such a special time for us to bond and talk.
Tessa is a part of this. Yes, I know, some would say she is just a baby but every night since she was born in April 2011, I have pressed her baby fingers together and prayed a short prayer. Typically something like:
Dear Jesus, Thank you for my sweet Tessa. Please be with her tonight and bless her sleep. Help her to know how much Mommy & Daddy love her and how much you love her. Amen.
About six weeks ago, Tessa began to watch me carefully and I knew that she knew what was about to happen. One night, I said, “Ok, Tessa, ready to pray?” She shook her little head “Yes” and pushed her fingers together. Frankly, I was shocked. She is a smart girl, but it had never occurred to me that she would grasp on to this routine so early. Since that night, she smiles and some nights she folds her hands together all on her own. Many nights she smiles and claps when I finish talking to God with her.
Most of us get the concept of “It’s never too early…” and apply it to many avenues of life.
But I wonder just how many of us have thought:
It is never too early to pray.
Love this! Great reminder of something we often overlook b/c they seem too young.
Thanks, Jen! Appreciate you!
That’s so true! Praying is something we put off or expect our kiddos to know how to do by themselves, when they really learn from watching/listening! Thanks for sharing! Blessings! simplyhelpinghim.com
Yay and hallelujah!!! This little story brought a huge smile to my face… because really, it’s a BIG story of His grace! Go God! 🙂 How exciting! ~ Blessings girl, Amy
I agree, Rachel, it’s never too early. What a great example you are setting for your children–living life doused in prayer.
Rachel, I love those words, “never too early,” as you use them to describe Tessa’s awareness of what praying means. Her actions and clapping are affirmation that you are doing His work in her life.
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