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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Bedtime Prayer

Last night, during the Tongginator's bedtime prayers...

TONGGINATOR: Dear God, thank you for a wonderful day. Thank you for having fun at ballet and thank you for Ms. Confetti. I love Ms. Confetti. And thank you for my Easter party that's gonna be so, so fun on Friday. And thank you for the talent show at school on Wednesday. Please help my friends do a good job in that and help Mommy remember to let me do the talent show next year. And thank you for learning in school. But I don't thank you for getting in trouble for not sitting in my chair correctly at dinnertime. But I'll try to do better anyways. And thank you for my new library book and Mommy talking to the librarian about how I DID turn my book in and then they found it. So thank you for helping them find it so I could get a new book. And thank you for learning in school... especially for reading Molly's Pilgrim. And for learning about money. Because money is really, really, REALLY important. I love you. And I will do my very best. Amen.

So... as y'all can see... we're still working on some of the basic tenets of our faith. *grin* You know, the problematic ones that tend to follow us all through life: things like absolutely! loving! correction! and remembering that you can't serve two masters. Even though learning about money is "really, really, really important." Heh.

If your children say bedtime prayers, what kinds of things do they share?

21 comments:

Aus said...

Ah - bedtime prayers - we do the litnay of the "God Bless..." and with my bride being 2nd of 6 - all of whom are married with kids - it can take a minute to list them all! (and from the kids perspective - the longer the better - like an extra 30 seconds of staying up means ssssooooo much to them!)

hugs - aus and co.

Elouise82 said...

Papa does bedtime prayers with the girls right now ... they're both still too little to say anything on their own, but I absolutely cannot wait for the day when they start! Joy and I used to have a morning prayer, before the baby came and our mornings got too busy for cuddling right out of bed (sad), usually just asking God to give us a good day, bless Papa at work, help Mamma be patient and loving, and help Joy be obedient.

Jboo said...

So sweet and funny! What a girl!!

Janet

3 Peanuts said...

I think that prayer is perfect. Money is important but it sounds like she knows God is most important:) And she'll learn.....

Anne said...

"Dear God:
Please help Mommy to have more patience and to not lose her mind. And thank you for my Wii.
Amen."

Patricia/NYC said...

We start with 1 Our Father & 1 Hail Mary...then we get to:

"Dear Jesus...thank you for my mommy & daddy...God bless Jesus...and all the children who have no families and food and clothes...thank you for my friends and family...I pray for sunshine so I can ride my bike without training wheels...I pray my momma takes off my guardrails from my bed...Jesus, can you please help me have a good night sleep?""

Her words always start the same (cracks me up that she asks God to "bless Jesus")...but the end varies depending what's on her mind! ;)

Andrea said...

LeighAnna is always asking me to pray for her to have good dreams. So each night we pray that she would think about what is pure and lovely... and then we go through the fruit of the Spirit and ask God to fill her mind with them.

Holly said...

one of the things Josiah does that makes me giggle is he'll ask for something in Jesus' name...for example..."please help Mommy's boo-boos to heal in Jesus' name. I'm not done yet, I just said in Jesus name cuz His name has power, okay?"
Which makes me giggle b/c we end prayers with "in Jesus' name, amen" so sometimes when he says in Jesus' name, I think he is finished and he ALWAYS clarifies by letting me know he is NOT finished! :)

Aunt LoLo said...

Isn't there a scripture about being "friends with mammon." heh

LOL...love the prayer!!

Kristi said...

My kids are still in the short phrase requests. I find it hilarious though that Kylie has switched to praying for the pressure to go down in Darcy's eye and Caleb is still praying for Darcy to get home soon. Guess we waited for her for a long time...

Suzy said...

There's always a lot of random thanks giving in Lydia's prayers. Anything from macaroni and cheese to the pictures on mommy's cell phone is likely to garner thanks from her. She's especially thankful for swimming pools, flashlights with good batteries, finding anything that was lost, and swimming pools (repeated intentionally). Her earthly father may have to find a place to put one soon...

Wanda said...

Ummm....we have the opposite prayer here. It goes a little like this "Thank you Lord for everything. Amen" (said at the speed of light)

Afterwhich I ask for a more thorough description fo what "we" are grateful for! Ahem.

(shaking my head.)

Pug Mama said...

oh my gosh how CUTE.
LOVE the part about getting in trouble for not sitting still and her found library book.
Just precious.
You have a very special little girl.

Michelle said...

So cute!! In our house, Mia's prayers are never-ending, continuously-talking, adding-as-we-go, food-is-getting-cold, kind of prayers. And I love them. She's always very thoughtful to ask for God to watch out for our safety. So sweet.

Myrnie said...

Love it :) Let's see...tonight was thank you for Joy School and please help Easter to get here quickly.

I love little person prayers :) Mimi will even kneel with us most of the time with a lusty AH-MUH! at the end for effect :)

Laurie said...

This is my favorite time of the day- putting Allison to bed and hearing her prayers, which are almost the same every night.

Dear God,

Thank you for the wonderful day. Thank you for the weather and the nature. Thank you for the freedom to be together as a family (no, I have no idea where she gets that). Thank you for Mommy, Daddy and Aaron and my friends at school and all the people in the world.

Amen.

Oh- one time she asked God to bless every person who lived in China. I told her that would keep God very busy!! :)

Janet said...

Oh boy. The list goes on forever. We usually get a list of every single person the kids know. And pets too. And occasionally inanimate objects. ;-)

Dita said...

That Little T is so doggone ADORABLE...how do you resist her (or not crack up in her face!)?

Judy said...

That is just so cute!!!!

Lately, my son likes to say his prayers silently so I'm not sure what he's thinking -- he's a smart one!! But my latest post is about his prayer (and ours) on our Family Adoption Day. It was absolutely heartwarming.

Patty O. said...

My kids tend to power through their prayers and I regularly have to remind them of things to be thankful for. Still, they do come up with some funny ones. Charlotte has been known to thank God for balloons and Danny has mentioned hot wheels cars and PIXAR cars and leggos.

T's prayer was so great!

Cavatica said...

This is quite the insight into her psyche. I may need to work on some sort of evening meditation or something just to get this "in."