I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. Psalm 3:5 (NIV)
When my son was a toddler he loved to get out of his bed and crawl into ours in the middle of the night. I loved that! I know all the experts say that we should have carried him back to his own bed, but I have three reasons why I never did that:
1. I like it when my kiddos want to snuggle up in the middle of the night! It’s sweet.
2. Who has the energy to get up and bring them back to their own beds?
3. I barely register that anyone is joining us anymore!
Wait, I thought of one more:
4. Kids grow up. They won’t want to do this forever, and I’ll miss it.
One night he came in during the early hours of the morning, and the alarm rang at 5:30AM, shortly after he joined us. “Can’t you stop that thing from going off in the middle of the night?” my son mumbled. He must have been awakened by his dad’s alarm going off at 5 as well! I told him it was morning, but that he still had a long time to sleep. I got up and padded downstairs to do some yoga. Normally, I would have gotten on the treadmill next to the bed, but I didn’t want to wake him up. So yoga it was…. or wasn’t. Downstairs it was just too chilly to get motivated, and upstairs it was so warm and snuggly.
Crawling back into bed, I reset the alarm to 7:00 and snuggled under the covers with my son, letting him put his chilly little feet on mine.
From the Heart
Lord, allow me to enjoy the sweet moments of peace and comfort I receive when my children want to snuggle and rest with me.
Make a Start
Enjoy some cuddle time with your child today. Grab a blanket and watch a movie or read some books together, and enjoy a quiet moment.