Our Nightly Routine

Our Nightly Routine

Wash, pray, meditate, sleep well.

In my last post I wrote about meditation and how we practice this at night as part of our nightly routine. My kids, like many, thrive on routine. I think it also helps them feel a sense of normalcy since we move quite often and at the drop of a dime. Since I shared how we use mediation as part of our routine, I thought I’d share how I get my wild, rambunctious crew to sleep every night!

First things first, my boys have to have a snack before bed. Their favorite is Cheese It’s and a glass of milk. I know it’s not super healthy, but don’t worry, they are getting plenty of fruits and veggies. They like to have a treat, and it helps them to sit still and wind down from all the jumping, climbing, and wrestling they have been doing all day long.

Next, depending on the day and whether or not I bathed them earlier, we have a bath. I love soaking them at night with a scoop of lavender salts and lots of bubbles, but sometimes I want to get it over with and give them a quick shower. I also will take this time to put a soothing sleep blend in the oil diffuser. My favorite lately has been Doterra Serenity and Balance. Then we brush our teeth, of course!

After that, the fun starts! The kids love to do bible storytime with the YouVersion kids bible app. We do a different story every night, and it has a fun activity to do after the story, usually a coloring page or a match the picture game. This addition to our nightly routine is relatively new, but it was the kid’s idea, and I am all for it! Once we finish this, we pray! I lead the kids in prayer, and their favorite part is when I say, “I am thankful for…”. They both take turns saying things they are thankful to God for. Jon is always grateful for donuts and broccoli, while Caleb is grateful for his plushies and legos.

This next part, my daughter joins in for usually. We listen to a bible study from the regular YouVersion app. Our favorite devotionals are Through the Word with Kris Langham. We started this in December so we could listen to the advent story in Luke, and the kids loved it so much we never stopped. We change them up sometimes, and I know my boys are little and can’t quite comprehend everything they are hearing, but the fact that they choose to listen to it is incredible! The boys call it, “Listening to Jesus.” They love to see the red words because they know that is when Jesus is talking!

Lastly, we have our nightly meditation time. The kids usually fall asleep during meditation. I know we have a long nightly routine, but I am so happy that my children want to incorporate Jesus into their lives, and they get to go to sleep every night after spending time in his word.

What are some of your family’s favorite nighttime activities?

World Meditation Day

World Meditation Day

Breath in, breath out, be at peace.

Today is World Meditation Day. So I want to share a little of how meditation fits into my family’s chaotic day. We are a large family in a tiny space- it can be loud and messy, and we travel often. One thing that we have been able to keep as a constant in our crazy lives is nightly meditation.

I have made meditation a part of the kid’s nightly routine, and they love it. I used to think mediation was just something that worldly spiritual people did, not that I have anything against that. I just never was that spiritual, and I felt silly sitting and saying mantras trying to zone out. I had no idea what meditation was. I only heard of mediation from shows or cartoons where they mocked it. When I found out that there were Christian meditations, I was very intrigued and excited to check them out.

At the time, I was having some trouble with my boys. I couldn’t get them to bed at a decent hour, and they would both get night terrors all the time. I struggled with night terrors as a child, my daughter had them when she was young, and now both my boys were going through them. I was one tired momma who was desperate to find help to resolve this issue. You might think that the night terrors are just nightmares, and the kids wake up and go back to bed, but that is not what this was. Caleb would scream, hit, kick, punch, and roll around like crazy. I couldn’t wake him up, but I could talk him down by entering into his terror. Now, Jon was another story. He would kick, punch, and scream, but he wouldn’t wake up, and he wouldn’t let me communicate with him. I would have just to let him work it out because anything I tried made it worse. So you can see that I was mentally, emotionally, and physically drained. I found the Abide meditation app on my phone, and since I was trying to get my boys on a nightly routine, I thought it would be a good idea to try it out.

I am so glad I gave this app a try. The boys loved it. The boys call it “listening to the man.” We have been listing to our nightly meditations every night for over two years. My boys go to sleep, listening to waves rolling up on to the beach and a soothing voice, reading God’s words, and praying over them. I can honestly tell you that the night terrors do not happen like they used to. Once in a great while, one of them will have an issue. Usually, if they are super tired from a long day out, but they are nothing like the terrors they used to have. My husband was skeptical at first, but even he has experienced how much meditation helps. We use it when we travel, no matter where we are. We all love it! We do our meditation lying in bed, taking in deep breaths, and listening to the soothing voice and sounds. I have tried to incorporate mediation into other parts of our day, but we all like to wind down at night.

There are many different meditation apps out there; we use the Abide app as I mentioned before. There are various subscription plans available with the app. I am not getting paid to, but the app has worked so well for us, I recommend it to anyone interested in Christian meditation. They have daily mediations and a journaling option as well as nightly meditations and prayers. Meditation has done wonders for us if you haven’t tried mediation yet, what better day to start than World Meditation Day!