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I spent the early morning hours today, rocking in the glider in my son’s room, watching the sunrise peek through his window and illuminate the bookshelves mounted on his wall (DIY here). As we rocked, snuggled together and nursing our respective morning drinks *pun intended*, God started talking with me about my book selection.
As a mom, I want my son to start life on a high note. I want him to be aware of our love for him, brimming with hope for the bright future that awaits. Many of these same books encouraged me as a child. And here’s the question God used to flavor my coffee this morning:
Why did you stop reading these books for yourself?
I love the idea of sowing seeds of significance into my son and speaking to his potential. But somehow these books transitioned to books for kids and not books for me. Sure, the characters and illustrations are intended for a juvenile audience, but truth doesn’t expire.
So momma, here are 5 children’s books you need to read for you:
Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
“In the green of the grass … in the smell of the sea … in the clouds floating by … at the top of a tree … in the sound crickets make at the end of the day … ‘You are loved. You are loved. You are loved,’ they all say.”
You Are Special by Max Lucado
“Remember,” Eli said as the Wemmick walked out the door, “you are special because I made you. And I don’t make mistakes.”
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
“For never before in story or rhyme
(not even once upon a time)
has the world ever known a you, my friend,
and it never will, not ever again…”
The Prince & The Gift: A Tale of True Beauty by Janet H. Surette
“My dear girl, don’t be fooled. Fancy wrapping or not, you’ve more to offer than you might think.”
No matter where you are in life, there is more to be had. Your journey is far from over. Your potential still stands, a promise grand like the oldest tree. Your worth … immeasurable. You are loved, even cherished. And you are never alone.
So next time you curl up with your kiddos and a good bedtime story, remember that the encouraging words on the page don’t fade away at age 10. They are as true for you today as they are for the little ones you love.