Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
I remember when I first started making prayer our bedtime habit. My oldest was about 5 years old and my youngest was 3 and I had just moved out of our low-income housing and purchased a home that was built in 1954. It was an amazing ordeal for me because it was something I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to do as a single mom. Little did I know that purchasing such a fixer-upper would be more than I could realistically handle, but we’ll leave that story for another time.
My daughter was in her new bedroom and I had just tucked her in when she told me she was scared. She was in an unfamiliar house and there were new sounds associated with the neighborhood as we lived off a fairly busy street. I knelt beside her bed and from that day forth, we have prayed together every night before bed. I came to a realization that evening when I was on my knees before her little bed. You see, I had never planned on being a single mom and I certainly wasn’t planning on being the spiritual leader of our home. But that is exactly what I had to become and what I needed to step up to be.
As a Christian, we are taught that the man is the head of the house and that he is the one ultimately responsible for the spiritual welfare for his family. I wasn’t really prepared to take on that role when I first went through divorce. I took my children to church and I prayed FOR them, but I wasn’t doing much more than that.
That evening, after I had prayed with my daughters – I had an enormous burden on my heart. I realized that it was time for me to step up and be the spiritual leader of my home and for my family. My kids needed it and so did I.
I soon began to read a children’s bible to them every evening. I started in Genesis and I would read one little story each night. We would then pray and we would sing “This Little Light of Mine”, it’s a childhood favorite of mine and I wanted my kids to know the song. Creating this routine with my kids brought about more than I could have ever imagined. It was a time of bonding and it created security and safety…for us all.
I would encourage every single mom to commit to being the spiritual leader of your home, pray with your children and teach your children God’s truth. If they don’t see us living it out and making it a priority, how then can we expect them too? I promise that if you begin to pray with your child and read a short bible story every evening…even when you can barely keep your eyes open, (trust me- I know) you will not be disappointed for the Lord’s word will never return void or empty.