We have a bedtime routine. After dinner, Lil’ K is allowed to play until 7:30 pm (8 pm if something is going on), then it’s bath time. After her bath, I blow dry her hair, then brush and floss her teeth. She will select a book from her library and we read one or two books (or more, depending on the time and her tiredness). After reading the stories, we will read a page from her preschooler’s devotional and a story or two from her children’s Bible. Then, it’s time to settle down for bed. She lays down in her bed and we pray together. Then she gets a massage, to which she normally falls asleep to. (I wish I had a nightly massage!)
We have the most interesting conversations just prior to bedtime. Reading evokes questions and discussions that we wouldn’t otherwise have. Because we read from the Bible, Lil’ K brings up spiritual and moral questions. As I answer her questions, I always try my best to create analogies that she can relate to and lessons that she can use.
Tonight’s discussion was about Adam and Eve. We talked about choices and consequences. Adam and Eve made the wrong choice (to listen to the serpent rather than to God) and therefore, was banished from the garden and separated from fellowship with God. I explained what consequences are and also how consequences are often a result of cause and effect. (You destroy your favorite book by purposely ripping out the pages – and consequently, you no longer have your favorite book to read at bedtime. And likely, your mom will be quite upset and will not buy a replacement.) She seemed to get it – and related her own examples of choices and consequences.
After our discussion, we prayed together. When I asked her if she wanted to pray about anything, she said, “God, I pray for Grandpa because he’s sick right now. Please heal him and make him feel better. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”
And as I was thanking God for our blessings, I was surprised as she started to recite by memory:
“Thank you for the world so sweet.
Thank you for the food we eat.
Thank you for the birds that sing.
Thank you, God, for everything!”
It’s the prayer of thanksgiving that her class will recite during the Friendship Feast we will attend on Wednesday. I was so proud!
I can see the awesome impact that preschool is making on her life spiritually. It is because of the influence of the teachers and the curriculum at preschool that Lil’ K is so interested in the things of God – and that makes me very happy! Prior to her enrollment in preschool, I had not been able to interest her in Bible stories, but now the Bible is her favorite book.
As Lil’ K gets older, our discussions become more interesting. At 37 months*, it’s so neat to see that she is doing her best to understand spiritual concepts. I pray that the Lord grant me the wisdom to teach her properly and in ways that she can understand and keep in her heart.
* NOTE: Yes, I know I said I wouldn’t count her age in months anymore, but I can’t help myself! I still feel that there is a big difference between 37 months versus 47 months developmentally so I like to keep track of her age in more precise terms – at least for now. So, please forgive me if you think that’s weird. 😉