A brand new mommy wrote me and asked how she can begin to spiritually engage her wee one of just three months old. Wow. This little letter made my heart bulge. I just so remember my little Daly Kay (who turns 20 tomorrow!) being that teeny tiny. Where the heck did the time go? I was married at her age! Crazy.
Well, new mommy, I have a few suggestions for you.
First, I just love those Praise Baby DVDs.
Sweet words of worship played to soothing tunes calmed my spirit and fill the air with peace. I usually played those as I was making dinner to keep the witching hour of post nap-time frenzy and waiting for Daddy to come home go a little smoother.
Secondly, I sang silly songs.
Silly songs that were prayer mixed in with Scripture, completely off tune and probably horrid sounding to everyone but my Loving Heavenly Father. If I was overwhelmed, tired, or afraid I was screwing everything up, I just sang a silly song of prayer putting it all in the hands of the One who could actually fix it. These songs released my fears and filled up my faith tank simultaneously. Later I discovered the Seeds of Faith Ministries Music and began to sing these beautiful songs complied of Scripture with modern music and voices I actually enjoyed!
And lastly, look no further than their name.
What does your child’s name mean? Find a word or phrase that embodies that meaning in Scripture and use it to pray purpose over your child each night. For example, when my eight year old daughter Liberty Cross was a baby, I would use her name in a prayer every night over her before bed (still do on most evenings!).
“Dear Jesus, please let Liberty set the captives free because of what you did on the cross for them! Amen!”
Nothing profound and I still don’t know how or what the Lord will do with that prayer, but I have probably prayed it more than 1600 times over her throughout the last eight years, so He’s bound to do somethin’! So find a little meaning, attach a Scripture or phrase to it, and call it out in prayer. You never know what mountains may be moved on behalf of that child even before they’re old enough to speak!
God bless you mama for taking her future faith so seriously and may the Lord multiply your sweet requests and efforts to do mighty things for His glory!