My daughter is two-and-a-half years old. We recently tried to potty train her…no luck. We don’t feel ready to put her in a regular bed yet (she hasn’t attempted to escape yet so I feel no pressure). But we recognize that we have some big transitions coming up in her life, and decided we need to do them one at a time as to not overwhelm her. So for the past two weeks, we have been weaning her off her pacifier. A while back, we got rid of it during the day, but were still allowing her to have it at naptime and bedtime. But we decided the time has come to get rid of it. I mean, if potty training isn’t happening, we might as well give something else a shot, right?!
She’s done great at night time, but naptime has been a struggle. For the past week, she has woke up from her nap screaming. I don’t know if it’s because she doesn’t have her pacifier to comfort her, or if there is something else going on. One day when she woke up and I couldn’t get her to calm down for a good ten minutes, I just cried out to God for help. I needed wisdom in that moment. And if you are a mom, you know that when your little one is upset, you try to do all in your power to “fix” it. I sat down in our rocking chair with her cuddled on my chest and just started to sing praises to God. I found myself singing worship songs that I thought might calm her…and they did. Almost instantly her breathing settled, the tears stopped, and she felt safe and calm. We sat there for a while like that, and I am convinced it was the power of the Spirit that filled her in that moment and gave her calm and peace (and me, too). Then she felt better and was ready to play. The best part of the whole thing was later that day she crawled in my lap and asked me to sing one of the songs again. Singing those songs of worship had impacted her so much that she wanted to continue to do it. Now, every night before bed, we sing a worship song with her.
Oh, how I long for this to be the rhythm of her life for the rest of her life. I hope when she is upset, confused, scared, or struggling that her first response will be to immediately worship and turn to God. I hope that I can teach her to make prayer and worship her first response in all things. I hope that I can teach her to always trust and turn to God, no matter where she finds her life. Not only do I want that for her, but I want it for myself. That moment with her was such an incredible reminder to me that I, too, need to cry out and turn to God first, in all things. If I’m disappointed, worried, frustrated, sad, confused, no matter where I find myself, I need to know that I can always go to God. I want to always turn to God first, because I know when I do, that is where peace is found, where I am comforted, where my hope is, and where my attitude can be changed in an instant. God alone is my refuge, my hiding place, my salvation, and my help.
Friends, I encourage you this week, in all things, seek God first. Allow Him to be your strength and give you what you need in that moment.
Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.
1 Chronicles 16:11 (NLT)
I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me.
Proverbs 18:17 (NLT)
In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.
Psalm 34:6 (NLT)