Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sophia's Bedtime

One of my favorite moments of the day is at Sophia's bedtime...

It is not because I think, "Oh,  finally, I can put Sophia to bed!"  But it is because at bedtime Felipe and I share a special moment with Sophia.  We end Sophia's day with prayer.
Every night, either I or Felipe pray over Sophia as we lay her down.  We thank God for her life every day - praising Him for who she is, speaking truth and blessings over her life, and praying she will know God in a personal way.

Just last night as I was laying Sophia down to sleep, she looked up at me and smiled as she stared peacefully into my eyes.  This is happening more and more lately and I love it- especially the fact that she is going to bed so well (this was not always the case with her).  Last night, Sophia was so happy to be going to bed and as I stroked her cheek and told her "I love you," I could just see that Sophia was content and resting in the love that I have for her.

How I want to rest in the love of God like my sweet daughter rests in mine. It's amazing because as I observe my own daughter the Lord teaches me so much about being His child and about His unconditional love.

Last night, during this sweet moment, I had what you might call "a love explosion" and my heart was overflowing with such great LOVE for my daughter.  There was nowhere else in world that I would rather be than right there - praying for my little one, telling her of my love for her and the GREAT love of the Father.

As I left the room, quietly closing Sophia's bedroom door, I suddenly felt a deep conviction of my responsibility as a mother.  I thought about how the words I speak, the choices I make and the life I live powerfully impacts my daughter's life. I also felt the tender call of the Lord to be closer to Him. To live close to Him.  Isn't He always calling us to come closer? To know Him more? That, above all else, is my heart's cry - to know my good Father more...

My prayer last night, and my continual prayer is that as a mother, I would know and fear the Lord.  I pray that from that place of relationship with Him, His love and life would flow from me and positively impact Sophia (and my future sons and daughters). 

As Proverbs 1:7 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."  As I fear the Lord and "act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with my God" (Micah 6:8), I am trusting that the Lord will impart wisdom and grace to me to as a mother, a wife and in all the roles He has called me to...

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful post
    I cannot believe how much Sophia has grown and looks such a little adult now. Miss your family xxx