This morning David and I woke up with an extra little one in our bed. Yesterday it was an extra little two. And you know what? I love it.
Okay, so I don’t necessarily love getting kicked in the ribs all night long or the intense heat that comes from four bodies squished into a bed, but I love the fact that I still have little ones who want to cuddle.
My youngest comes in several nights a week, usually after he has a middle of the night potty trip. And yes, I’ve read the articles about sleep training, and I’ve read the books about developing independence. I’ve also read the articles and books about co-sleeping and the wonders of the family bed.
Truth? I don’t really care what the experts have to say, especially when my little guy is standing there at 3:00 AM whispering, “Mama! Mama! I’m here.” I throw back the covers, he climbs in, and it’s a good night.
When he was little he used to come in when he’d have a bad dream, crying and sniffling. I’d comfort him, and he’d fall asleep.
As he got a bit older, he would just come in and whine a bit, saying, “I had a bad dream.”
But then something started to change. He would come running into the room, giggling. I’d look at him and as he would jump into the bed he’d say, “Had a bad dream!”
Now he just skips the excuse and cuts straight to saying one of two things: “Mama! Mama! I’m here,” or my favorite, “Hey, can I get in there?”
This morning as I looked at him sleeping, I was thinking about how he just comes in with confidence now, knowing that he is welcome. He finds comfort and warmth in our bed, and he feels secure.
I also thought about Hebrews 4:16: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
We don’t need an excuse to come to the Lord. We don’t need an elaborate plan, ritual, or recitation.
We can simply approach the throne with confidence, knowing that we will receive mercy and grace, and help in our time of need.
“Lord, Lord, I’m here.”
And He welcomes us in, giving us comfort, security, warmth, and whatever we need.
See you soon!