This is Little Bear Blue. He's one of my youngest daughter's favorite stuffed animals. Every morning when my daughter gets out of bed, she brings me Little Bear Blue for his morning hug. When my daughter comes home from school, Little Bear Blue comes out to get his afternoon hug. Before she goes to bed at night, Little Bear Blue has to be hugged and properly tucked in.
You see, my daughter has decided that Little Bear Blue runs on hugs. According to her, Little Bear Blue won't have enough energy to get through the day if her doesn't get the appropriate number of hugs. We're not that different from Little Bear Blue -- if we don't fill ourselves up with the right stuff, it's tough to get through the day.
It's easy for our families to get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of our schedules and forget to find time to fill ourselves up with God's love and grace. Like giving Little Bear Blue his daily hugs, filling ourselves up with the good stuff God has for us has to become a habit -- an ingrained part of our schedule.
We're using Little Bear Blue's daily need for hugs as a three times a day reminder to seek God and ask Him to fill us up. While we're filling up Little Bear Blue's hug meter, we're also reminding ourselves to check in with God. You may not have a Little Bear Blue in your home, but you probably have things you do every day at certain times. Help your family create a habit of checking in with God based on something you do every day. Whether it's brushing your teeth, sitting down to a meal or tying your shoes, find some everyday task that you can use to remind your family to spend a minute with God every time they do it.
You see, God wants us to seek Him out, and He wants us to do it on a regular basis. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says "pray continually." Matthew 6:33 says "seek first his kingdom and his righteousness." Psalm 55:17 says "Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice." Talking with God needs to become an everyday habit for us and our kids so that when crises hit, the first place we turn is to God.
The other day, I told you about my youngest daughter and I facing our fears and working our way across the very high jungle gym at The City Museum. As we sat at the entrance to the highest tube, my daughter looked at me and said "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." While I was worrying about the welds on the tube holding, she was placing her trust in the One who offers strength. She did that because it's become a habit. Every time she faces a challenge, I recite that verse to her. Over the years, it's simply become ingrained that that's the way she should handle a problem.
Creating the habit of checking in with God on a regular basis should be a priority for us as we raise our kids. Find a Little Bear Blue moment in your everyday life and start creating that habit today.
Take a minute and share with us in the comments a task in your family's everyday life that you can use as a Little Bear Blue moment.