My sweet friend and mentor Vickie over at Ponder365 taught me this precious little ritual to add to your child’s bedtime routine.
First you kiss your child’s right cheek and say, “Mommy loves you,”
Then you kiss your child’s left cheek and say, “Daddy loves you,”
Next you kiss their right cheek again and say the name of your child’s sibling such as, “Lilly loves you,”
Keep switching cheeks for each sibling’s name (if you are anything like the Duggar family this part might take awhile and you might regret ever launching this nightly tradition).
After you’ve gone through each immediate family member, pause and then say with a huge amount of enthusiasm,
“And JESUS LOVES YOU MOST OF ALL!”
Then give your child a seriously crazy kiss attack.
Expect lots of giggles. 🙂
I do this with my boys almost every night and they love it.
They get really nervous/excited for the explosion of kisses from Jesus.
And I love how it is a precious reminder of Who loves them more than anything.
Here is a little video to demonstrate (the Happy Buddy was an absolutely thrilled participant)…
Happy Jesus Kiss-ing! 🙂
“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 (ESV)
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