I sat on the edge of the bottom bunk listening to Chloe pray. I love the sound of her little munchkin voice talking to God, the sweet innocence of a three-year-old. She rattled off family and friends, not leaving out one member of each family unit. I kept my head bowed and smiled.

But then she ruined it.

“And I thank you for Ella and Ellie. Thank you for their cat and the dog. I pray for their daddy…”

I’ve never had a problem with imaginary friends, but now they had entered her prayer life, and I had a moment of panic.

“…and their mommy and the baby in her tummy…”

“Yes, her mommy has a baby in her tummy,” Hannah Grace chimed in.

Great, I thought. Two crazies. Should I stop them? How far should I let this imaginary world go? We were supposed to be praying to God, not continuing our play from the day.

But I let the little voice continue as she learned to lay that which was most important to her at the feet of her Lord.

“…and I pray, I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

The infamous girls pretending to be fierce warriors.

Linking up with the Gypsy Mama for her 5 Minute Friday. When is a time that you had to change your perspective?



7 thoughts on “Perspective

  1. I love it when preschoolers pray…so unabashed, no rehearsing or self-consciousness to ruin it. Your children sound wonderful and I love the prayer! My four old does that too…prays for things that are odd or imaginary, but as I believe you are saying…at least they are praying to Christ and giving Him what is on their heart. Blessings to you!


  2. Oh, yeah. We have Lisa, the monster, who is now Lisa the Human, and an array of stuffed animals come to life that we pray for. The way I see it is whether they are praying for a real friend or an imaginary one their heart is stirred by compassion enough to pray for someone else, right? Great post.


  3. Jenna prays for Pluto (while cuddling him), thanks Him for our many blessings, our food (while laying in her bed), Mickey and Minnie, and Daddy's new truck, which he's had for over a year now. 🙂

    And your "warriors" are way cute!


  4. When you and Lisa were small and i would hear the nightime prayers, you used to pray for Frankie, your stuffed dog. Lisa prayed for her Cabbage Patch doll, that Grandma made. Reading this post brought back fond memories. Hannah and Chloe are already forming such a strong bond and i love how they play and pray together. :):):)


  5. And my prayer is simple, almost cjhildlike. I pray for peace when all the grandkids are together.
    Your impossible father.


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