Marshmallow Hugs and Candy Cane Kisses…part one

Introduction
Creating a circle of security and love is often hard to do in
this fast paced world in which we live. Feeling safe, secure
and valued are crucial components for a happy home and a
vital ingredient for the well being of our young children.
This little book was written to help you find ways to
incorporate the peace and security of God’s love mixed in
with Marshmallow Hugs and Candy Cane Kisses for the
children within your circle. Learning to incorporate mini
“God moments” into your child’s day will not only strengthen
your child’s sense of security but more importantly it will
make God a real and vital part of their lives. I believe that
Phil. 4:6-7 should be memorized and in the hearts of all
parents. It offers comfort and peace with every issue a
parent may face. “Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the
peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ
Jesus.” God has it covered, God has the answer, God knows
the outcome…you aren’t alone in your attempt to build a
happy home. God penned the blueprint; we must learn how
to read it.
Chapter One: The Prelude Bedtime is often a chaotic end to a busy day. By the
time the family has assembled for supper, baths are given
and a quick book is read it is “lights out and go to sleep,
PLEASE!” This is followed by “One more drink of water and
two trips to the bathroom.” Fussing and crying ensue and
before you know it…you have lost your cool. Your child is
left in their bed crying and you find yourself angry, stressed
and questioning your parenting abilities. Creating five
special minutes before the lights are turned off provides a
secure backdrop in which true rest can come. As parents, we
often put pressure on ourselves to have it all under control.
This is impossible since we are mere humans and the more
we try to control a situation the faster it spirals out of
control. It is when we are truly honest and acknowledge our
limitations that we are able to let God in. He will do what we
cannot. Scripture tell us, “I can do everything through
Him who gives me strength.” ( Phil. 4:13) I challenge
you to open your heart and mind and ask God to become
part of your child’s bedtime ritual. Let Him lead you as you
create a circle of love and security that allows your little one
to sleep in peace. I truly believe bedtime can become a
special time that both you and your child will look forward
to. Are you ready? If so, away we go!
The first ingredient needed for a tranquil bedtime is a
tranquil you. An hour before your child’s bedtime…DIAL IT
BACK! Life is frantic enough these days without adding
additional stress to the end of the day. I realize that your
household cannot come to a complete standstill, but you can
dial back the tempo of your actions and the tone of your
voice . The clock is ticking, there are baths to be given and
laundry to be put away. Something snaps inside of you and
suddenly you become a drill sergeant barking out orders.
You may tell yourself that you are in a “time crunch” and are
just trying to get things done. Let’s be honest for a moment,
yelling, screaming and running a marathon seldom creates
the results we want. Often the exact opposite occurs.
Between the tears, threats and chaos, bedtime becomes even
more of a disaster. Learn to slow down your movements,
soften your tone and cut yourself some slack. Will the world
end if that basket of socks isn’t put away right this very
minute? You know that it won’t. A calm bedtime for your
little one trumps a basket of laundry every time. Tell
yourself, “I can do everything through Him who gives me
strength” and believe that indeed God will deliver on his
promise to do so. Listed below are a couple of scripture
verses to help you to “dial it back and slow it down.” Please
take the time to read them and embrace the promises that
are being offered to you. These will help assist you in
creating a tranquil environment for you and your child.
Matt. 11:28-30
Ps. 85:8

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