Monday, April 20, 2009

Nap and a Cookie

©Millie McNabb

My daily Bible reading was in Kings today. Elijah has just orchestrated this amazing demonstration of God’s power. He proposed a contest between God and the false god Baal. The prophets are each to prepare a sacrifice, but not light the fire with human means—they are to pray to their god to come light the fire. After much todo by the prophets of Baal with no result, Elijah prepares his sacrifice, gets it soaking wet, and offers a humble prayer. God responds with fire which consumes the sacrifice, the wood, the water and the stones.

Jumping ahead in the story, Elijah is threatened by the queen and runs away and hides in the wilderness. He requests to die. Then he sleeps and is fed. “The angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, "Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you’." (I Kings 19:7)

There are days when the journey seems too great for us. Sometimes, the answer is that we need a nap and a cookie.

Part of Christian parenting is to physically nurture our children so the journey doesn’t overwhelm them. Most of us have experienced at least once the disastrous results of going grocery shopping with tired and hungry children. Children with sensory issues or autism do noticeably better when they’re rested and fed nutritiously. Be intentional. Make consistent snacks and naps part of your parenting plan.

What “child needs a nap” experience could you have charged admission for?

God bless….

Millie McNabb, founder of Christian Values Legacy, offers parenting seminars that focus on passing on your Christian values. Request your free report “Considerations for Intentionally Raising Children to Become Christian Adults” today at

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