My family is a family of faith. We believe in and love the Lord and strive to please Him in all that we do. Because of these convictions, our kids are attending church, reading Bible stories with us, learning to pray, and hopefully soaking up a lot of the things that we believe. Whether or not you are a person who believes in God, I think you might like hearing about some of the funny things that have happened in our home.
Please Be Seated
Every night, our routine is to change into jammies, brush teeth, then meet back in the boys’ room (well, Spencer’s room…that’s a whole other post) to read one book (alternating each night who gets to pick the book), read a Bible story, and then pray together. For awhile, we would sit on the floor and hold hands, then sometimes the boys would stand while my husband and I sit, and then somewhere along the way, the boys decided they only wanted to be in the prayer circle if they could sit in a chair. So now when it’s time for our prayer, the boys drag their little kid-size chairs into the middle of the room and they sit quietly while we pray.
Spencer is our family’s little free thinker. While Miles, nearly four years old and 19 months older than his younger brother, will quietly sit and listen to our nightly Bible story, Spencer (at just barely 2 years old) flat out REFUSES to be involved. He plays with toys in the room, runs around the house, gets more books from the shelves to look at (usually an Octonauts book)…basically anything but sitting still, listening to a short Bible story. It’s really quite funny to try and teach virtues like patience while 25% of your household is running around like a maniac.
Shout It Out
Over the months, our standard announcement of “Time to pray!” evolved into saying “Prayer Circle!” and eventually singing “Prayer Circle! Prayer Circle!” until every got into a circle (with or without chairs). One night, Miles, my husband, and myself were all singing “Prayer Circle! Prayer Circle!” while we waited for Spencer to join us and somehow we all spontaneously whispered “Prayer Circle!” three times together and then back to a loud “PRAYER CIRCLE! PRAYER CIRCLE!” three times and then back to a whisper. It was one of those very funny moments where you had to be there, but it made Miles so happy for some reason. Now we do it every night that way.
Sometime about a year ago, Miles went through a phase where he would repeat simple prayers for us at mealtime and bedtime but then he refused to do so for a long time. Stage fright, I guess. But in the last few weeks, he got his courage back and now he loves to pray! In the children’s Bible we use (the Read and Share Devotional Bible), each story and lesson is concluded with a short prayer. Miles bows his head and repeats the prayer (this is not to be confused with the Prayer Circle). He’s so cute how he insists on holding his hands just right for this prayer.
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It makes me so happy to hear Miles pray unassisted. He has begun praying these adorable prayers on his own at meals and at bedtime. Most of the time it’s more like a story, all the things we did during the day and there’s a fair amount of mumbling where Brandon and I exchange confused looks across the table but for the most part they are just sweet. It’s so interesting to hear what’s on his mind when he prays. For instance, when we traveled to Ohio for my father in law’s wedding, Miles prayed about this little Santa Claus decoration that was at their house when we visited in December. It was scary, apparently, and made quite an impression on him. He prayed that it wouldn’t be there and then prayed a prayer of thanks that Santa wasn’t in “O-pie-o” this time.
We usually close our prayers by saying “Thank you for Mommy and Daddy and little brother Spencer and big brother Miles but most of all, thank you for Jesus. Amen.” Miles likes to change it up, however. He likes to sometimes pray for us and sometimes not. When he doesn’t pray for us, he can barely make it to “Amen” without laughing and then he grins and says “I not pray for you! Hahaha!” I’m not sure if I should laugh at that, but I can’t help it, he’s too cute.
Do your kids pray? Do you have any funny stories about your kids praying?