Quiet Times With My Daughter

The other day I came across this in my daughter’s special letter book. It made me smile so much that I thought I’d share it:

This is what it said when she “read” it to me:

Dear God,

I love to read the Bible with you because you are so won-der-ful.  I still love you when you give me disciplines. I love to read books with you because you are the great only God. I want to pick flowers with you to give to you. Thank you for Mommy, and Daddy, and my brother. Thank you for making my hand not hurt anymore. I love you, God. I’ll talk to you later!


My daughter “wrote” this letter to God almost a year ago. It is an absolute treasure to me because this was the prayer that she wrote during her very first quiet time where we sat down to quietly read the Bible together and pray. I had decided that when she stopped napping, I would invite her to join me for my daily quiet time to  start teaching her how to have her own time with God.

In the afternoon while her younger brother and sister sleep, we get out her Bible, her little Cinderella journal, and I get out my Bible and journal as well, and we each sit with a mug of something warm, me with coffee and her with cocoa or chamomile tea and read our Bibles, pray, and talk about Jesus together. Being that my daughter is only 5 and loves to draw, she often draws pictures for Jesus or of things that she is thankful for.

“J. and Jesus”

I have loved seeing how by simply inviting her to join in this special time, and by making it fun and a privilege, we’ve begun to build in her her own habit of daily setting aside special time for God. The opportunity for discipleship is never so natural as with young children still eager to be just like Mommy and Daddy.

“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

What are some of the ways that have worked for you as you disciple your kids in how to walk with God?

(Post by: Ashley)


5 Responses to “Quiet Times With My Daughter”

  1. 1 Addie February 24, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    This is so beautiful Ashley! And timely as I just set my daughter down for quiet time at her table in her room and a new journal. I’m going to give her a Bible right now, I don’t know why I overlooked it to begin with. Doing quiet time is something very difficult for me, but knowing that my daughter watches my every move makes me more aware of make sure she sees me reading the Bible. Thank you for the beautiful reminder. 😉

  2. 2 Phyllis February 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

    This is so sweet! For myself, I listen to the Bible, with a podcast that goes all the way through it every year. I was kind of wondering if my children needed to see me actually READING the Bible, too, or if they even noticed at all. Then, I few days ago I was home with only our youngest. She was playing quietly, so I decided to go ahead and have my quiet time. As soon as I started, she jumped up and ran into the children’s bedroom. I went to see what she was doing, and found that she had gotten a Bible tape out and put it on for herself! She told me that she was having quiet time, too.

  3. 3 amy in peru February 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I need to do this. Both my husband and I model quiet time, but I’m not sure how much has been picked up… I’m sure more than we know 🙂

    thanks for this encouragement.

    amy in peru

  4. 4 Jen March 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Something fun that we’ve done is doing a few verses hand motions. We’ve done “O, Lord be my help” Psalm 30:10 (making big O’s over our head to start us off) and “Be kind to one another” Eph 4 (making a bee buzzing with our fingers to start us off) I love the picture of her joining you during your afternoon quiet time.

  5. 5 Melissa G. July 1, 2011 at 1:45 am

    What a blessing to have this peek into a 5 year olds heart and time with her Jesus. Thanks for sharing and encouraging us to invite our children into our quiet times.

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