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“Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep.”

Have you ever heard that prayer before?  January 26, 1971- my 3rd birthday I was given a plaque titled Prayer for a Little Girl. This banner of life hung next to my bed in the four different houses of my childhood. It then hung in my daughter’s rooms. It is now patiently waiting for the first granddaughter.

As a child, I read it to myself every night before I went to sleep. Now I lay me down to sleep. It gave me great comfort because I was a very scared little girl. I was afraid of the dark, going to sleep, being left alone- most things that kids are fearful of. Angels guard me through the night and keep me safe ’til morning light.

Saying the prayer encouraged my little-girl-spirit in the desire to connect with the Creator of the Universe. My parents did not take me to church and they did not read the Bible so I did not know how to pray by their example. But I believe deep down inside I knew I needed a savior. I needed prayer. I needed a place for my soul to connect. I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

Our children are just like that little girl.  They have a deep desire to know that there is something bigger than the situations and circumstances of this world.  They want to know that someone bigger than themselves or mom and dad are in charge. They want to know that there is a good God out there that loves them beyond their own comprehension. Help me to know Thy Love for me. They will try to find Him until the world gets too loud and then they will give up.

So as parents we are put in the role of pointing them to God. Giving them living examples of what it looks like to pursue God. Lead me in Thy Holy Way. We have a front row seat to the choices our kids make by the opportunities we give them. We can’t force them to love Jesus but we can give them the tools and show them the way and the God-given hunger in them will do the rest.

My parents did the bare minimum- hung a plague by my bedside. That simple little prayer was the beginning of an incredible, strong, faith based relationship with the Father. I can only imagine how powerful your child’s relationship with the Father will be with your intentional godly influence along the way.

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,  so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land… Deuteronomy 11:20-21