Before bed every night, we have singing time with the girls after scriptures. Everyone gets to pick a song to sing, and with the exception of a few nursery rhymes, they are mostly primary songs or hymns. It is a nice way to wind down at the end of the day, and invites the Spirit to our home just before bedtime, which I think is the ultimate guard against nightmares.
Emma cannot go to sleep without completing this ritual. Sometimes, she falls asleep when we are driving home from places, so we put her straight to bed. On these nights, she usually wakes up at some point and comes in to tell me we need to sing some songs. Nothing is sweeter than a four year old begging for "I Am a Child of God" at 4:00 am.
One of Emma's favorite songs to pick when it is her turn to choose a song for this nightly singing time is, "Jesus Said Love Everyone." She sings it with great conviction, and Ross and I always giggle because she has her own version.
It is even funnier when she does it in Primary because she can be heard over all the other kids with her altered version- complete with dramatic arm movements. So cute.
It goes a little something like this:
Jesus said love everyone,
treat them kindly too.
When MY heart is filled with love,
EVERYONE LOVES MEEEEEEEE!
I can attest to the fact that her little heart is truly bursting with love, and while I can't speak for everyone, I can say that I sure do love her to pieces. What a joy it is to be her mom!
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