Life Lessons from One Christian Mother: The Importance of Cuddle Time
By Amy Pedersen
(a.k.a my stream of consciousness + spell check)
Morning is my favorite time of day. I’m not a morning person, mind you. (But I’m MUCH more of a morning person than my Mom has ever been. I can promise you that!)
I love mornings because that’s when we have our family cuddle time. The kids pile in our bed during that last thirty minutes, (formerly known as “one more snooze” time) for one big snuggle. Jon and the kiddos typically drift back to sleep during this time. Many times, I don’t though. It’s a wonderful time of morning prayer for me. Nothing formal, mind you. I just talk to God and I thank Him.
I thank Him for all the blessings in my life. I name them one by one. My husband. My children. Jen, my sister-in-law/friend and partner in our shapewear business. All my family members. My friends. The successes in my life. The big (and little) wins for The Miracle of Me, my book for children about life in the womb and Slimpressions shapewear. Our home. Our church, etc. I think of this discussion I have with God, as good manners, to a degree. I teach the kids to say “thank you” when they receive a gift. So I should do the same for God. In my eyes, all gifts/blessings come from Him.
I also use this time to ask for guidance from Him. I ask for advice and guidance when it comes to all kinds of decisions I make, from parenting and relationship decisions to tough business decisions. I ask Him to light my path so I may see what He wants me to do. It’s not always clear to me. I’m not good with the subtleties, or at least I perceive them as subtleties, so I’m sure to ask for His wisdom. I’ll admit it, I can be little thick…. When I’m not good about calling on God, I feel like I’m alone in a broken down car during a thunderstorm. With God though, the motor runs, the windshield wipers work and I can see a path towards clear skies ahead. What a difference He makes!
And after this special one-on-one time with my family and with my God, I start the day in a really great place. I highly recommend this to one and all.
And ten minutes later, my life gets even better. Coffee. Oh, how I love my coffee!