Anna’s Song

I’ll admit that bedtime is not one of my favorite times. I rush through it, just pushing towards the finish line of my day as mommy.

Often I regret speeding through it all, instead of stopping and savoring the moments I have with them. They want to be rocked, loved, sung to. I know that this will not always be the case, and I will wish that I had more often taken the five minutes to sing instead of rushing off to write a post or check my email.

Since she was a baby, I have sung Amazing Grace to my sweet Anna. Lately her usual request is “God is Bigger than the Boogie-man”, yet I still try to sneak in “her song” when I can.

I long for her to know and understand the truths of God’s great and glorious grace!

{Gracious Lord, reveal your grace to her heart}

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

{Grace that is irresistible to her soul}

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

{Grace that she cannot escape from, no matter what comes her way}

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

{Grace that will never let her go}

When we’ve been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Philippians 4:23

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5 replies
  1. aurie
    aurie says:

    Simply lovely photographs of your daughter. I am often tired and ready to pop my girls into bed, and forget to snuggle or get one last kiss in the hopes of finally having some mommy time. Thank you for the gentle reminder 🙂

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  2. Jenna McLucas
    Jenna McLucas says:

    Great post! I have a terrible habit of rushing through bedtime too… I’m just so ready to have a “Mommy Time Out” by the time it gets here. 😉

    When I started praying with my children I found the “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” to be a bit lacking, so my husband and I wrote a prayer for them. It’s just the jumping off point and now that they’re older they each add their own requests after quoting the prayer. The focus of the prayer was thanksgiving because my husband and I are trying to cultivate thanking God for everything, which can be difficult in a society riddled with entitlement issues. Here’s the prayer:

    Thank you for my eyes. Thank you for my nose. Thank you for my ears, my mouth, and my toes. Thank you for the hands I use to serve you every day. Thank you for my life, in Jesus name I pray.

    When the kids were too little to talk we would have them point to the different mentioned body parts, which was how they memorized their eyes, ears, Great post! I have a terrible habit of rushing through bedtime too… I’m just so ready to have a “Mommy Time Out” by the time it gets here. 😉

    When I started praying with my children I found the “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” to be a bit lacking, so my husband and I wrote a prayer for them. It’s just the jumping off point and now that they’re older they each add their own requests after quoting the prayer. The focus of the prayer was thanksgiving because my husband and I are trying to cultivate thanking God for everything, which can be difficult in a society riddled with entitlement issues. Here’s the prayer:

    Thank you for my eyes. Thank you for my nose. Thank you for my ears, my mouth, and my toes. Thank you for the hands I use to serve you every day. Thank you for my life, in Jesus name I pray.

    When the kids were too little to talk we would have them point to the different mentioned body parts, which was how they memorized their eyes, ears, etc.

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  3. Janie
    Janie says:

    Katie –Thrilled to find your blog! It’s hard to find a devotional site that isn’t sappy and uber-holy … I find myself lost in the uphill battle to match up. Your posts are so real. So honest. I’ve already been blessed and found freedom in this post and your one about juggling kids in McDonald’s parking lot. Oh I so know that scenario with 1.5 and 2.5 year old boys.

    Thank you for exposing your candid thoughts but more importantly thank you for revealing your reliance on God. And thank your family for letting us borrow you virtually so our families can be blessed and encouraged.

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    • Katie
      Katie says:

      Thank you Janie!

      I long for this to be a real, “safe” place. A place that encourages you (and me!) towards Jesus and glorifies God. Your words are a great encouragement to me!

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