I have greatly treasured the sweet moments of rocking my daughter before bedtime each night. I love taking a moment to pray over her and sing worship songs to her. My heart’s cry is that she might come to treasure and know Christ from an early age. He name means “grace” and literally “gift” and thus the Lord has shown me the importance of laboring in prayer that she might be a gift carrying God’s grace to others.
While reading Girl Talk recently, I was blessed by this post of a simple tradition:
“Right after my first child (who is now 7 was born) I heard Joni Erickson Tada talk about how much hymns meant to her immediately after her accident. She recommended choosing “Life Hymns” for your children. So my husband and I have done just that. Each child (there are three living children) has their own hymn. We have chosen it before they were born and sing it to them the first time we hold them. We sing it each night before they go to bed – and before each nap.”
What a treasure and legacy! She goes on to share the value of instilling these solid Biblical truths that are so powerfully conveyed in hymns as a means of providing her children with strength during the storms of life.
I loved this idea! I began praying over the last week or so about what hymn I could adopt for Karis. After her birth a dear older woman prayed over Karis that she would have a voice and be a singer to praise the name of Jesus. This has always stayed with me…one of those things you store up in your heart. While at a mission conference this past weekend, we heard “Blessed Assurance” be sung. The Lord confirmed in my heart that this was for Karis.
“Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.
This is my story, this is my song.
Praising my Savior all the day long!”
For the entirety of the hymn, visit here.
That is my prayer for my little girl…that her life story would be one of a worshipper of our precious Savior! I have been so blessed to hear my husband start to sing it as well when he has the opportunity to put her to bed…it’s precious to hear her daddy sing over her too!