I have been wanting to start praying with Adrianna before she goes to bed for a long time now. I wasn’t sure when would be a good time to start. Tonight I decided to give it a shot since I figure that she is old enough to follow simple directions now and even though she wouldn’t totally get what we were doing or why (yet), I thought that she would enjoy it nonetheless since she really likes being a big girl and imitating what I do.
So after we brushed her teeth with “pee-pace” we went into her room together and I told her that we were going to pray before going night-night. I got down on my knees by her crib and asked her to do the same. I was wondering if she really would do it. She did. Then I told her that we were going to close our eyes and pray to Jesus. I am not sure if she closed her eyes; she was more interested in watching me close mine. So I said a quick prayer thanking God for the nice day, for our dogs, and for Mommy, Daddy, and Adrianna. Then I said, “Amen.” She loudly echoed, “Amen!” a couple times.
The prayer was quick; probably the perfect timing for the short attention span of an almost-two year old because then the dogs came in and she became distracted and began crawling after them, trying to give Molly a hug. I scooped Adrianna up, gave her kisses, and put her into bed. Once she got her sippy cup, she laid down, cuddled her daddy bear and hasn’t made a peep since.
I look forward to more night-time prayers with my sweet little girl.