“A wise parent will prize and will rightly use the hour of the children’s bedtime. That is the golden hour for good impressions on the children’s hearts. That is the parent’s choicest opportunity of holy influence. . . . every word spoken should be a word of gentleness and affection. The words which are most likely to be borne in the mind by the children, in all their later years, as best illustrating the spirit and influence of their parents, are the good-night words of those parents."These wise words speak to my heart even though my two still at home are 14 and 12. Sometimes it's easy to think a quick "good night" is sufficient (and sometimes it is!), but not all the time. Yes, they are growing older, but, yes, they do still need good night words from their momma. :)
~H. Clay Trumbull
(via this encouraging place)
How sad that so often we parents rush "good-nights" to our children so that we can hurry off to do something else when we could've spent a few precious minutes praying, sharing confidence building words -- comfort and encouragement over some event from the day, or simply enjoying some silly talk. I'm as guilty as anyone with this, "Ah, the house is quiet! Time to read, answer an email, etc." Don't get me wrong here. I'm not saying that occasional quick good-nights are necessarily a bad thing, it's just that I think they can become an unwise habit.
"A wise parent will prize and will rightly use the hour of the children's bedtime..." Priceless wisdom!
So today I'm thankful...
For this quote by Mr. Trumbull along with the timely reminder that my sweet children still need me at bedtime even though they're growing up.
Counting my blessings one by one and giving thanks for all the Lord is doing in my life -- for the grace and mercy He extends to this imperfect lump of clay. How about you? What are you thankful for today?
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