Be My Blanket

Monday_Moments.JPGHello friends! 

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Now, for our “Monday Moment.” 

As I went to lay our older two boys to sleep that dreaded evening, I encountered my all familiar gut-wrenching momma feeling that this bedtime routine was about to hit a hiccup. A major event would send our quiet, calming cuddle time into an all-out panic frenzy. 

All over one, very significant and desperately needed item. 

My 4 year-old has hardly missed a night since his first breath without the warming cocoon of his baby blanket. Upon his birth, I eagerly fed my dream of giving all my kids the same baby blanket, passing it down from one child to the next. But that never continued after the middle kiddo was born. He took a tight grip onto “little blankey” and never let go. He even cut the edges with scissors to claim his permanency upon his baby brother’s birth. 

My happy tradition ended but a new friendship had formed between my little man and his little blanket. 

So, that night when “little blankey” was missing from its usual spot, the entire family was up in alarm. We checked his usual hiding places – 

 

Behind the living room chair…

In the pantry…

On the porch…

By the toilet…

In the toilet…

In the toy box…

In the garage…

In the fridge…

In his backpack…

…no little blankey. Tons of other treasures and loose change, but no blankets. 

I calmly told my child that little blankey was going to remain in hiding for the night. I called off the massive search and rescue party. I turned off the bedroom lights. 

Oh no, he wasn’t going down that easy. 

Screaming. Tossing. Yelling for his little blankey…uncontrollable, tear-jerking madness. 

Perfect, now what? Please mommy brain…please do something amazing about now!

I gently sat with him on the corner of his bed, ran my fingers through his hair and dried his tears on my shirt. 

“Blankey is simply hiding tonight. But does blankey protect you?” 

My little guy nodded frantically. 

“Does God protect you more?” I asked. 

“Oh yes!” he exclaimed. 

“Well, can you trust God to protect you and little blankey tonight?” I asked. 

Without a second of hesitation, my 4 year-old smiled, took a deep breath and a very long exhale. He was smiling, at peace with the reality that God had Him safe. Of course I had the kids join hands and pray together for our middle kiddo and for blankey’s safe return. The prayer included thanks for his blankey, thanks for the food, thanks for chocolate, the birds and mommy (well played child of mine). 

And then the icing on the cake – both kids of mine fell right to sleep. No thrashing. No crying. Silence…and without blankey. 

I am proud to let you know that blankey was discovered three days later in the very bottom of the boy’s laundry pail. Of course! The reunion was amazing and warmed my mommy heart. 

I experienced God in a big way in the midst of my little guy’s challenge. 

You see, as I sat on the edge of his bed that first night, I saw the tears fill his eyes when we both realized his security blanket wasn’t going to get him through this night. The only thing I knew I could offer him was God. I wasn’t sure if my kiddo truly would accept God’s protection over his blanket, but he did! In fact, the moment I even suggested that God can protect him, he melted in peace. He felt safe. He felt loved. At that moment, I realized my little guy had a huge heart for God…a faith that blew my understanding right out the window. 

What is your blankey? Where do you place your security? I place my security in…

Our finances…

My husband’s happiness…

My health…

My husband’s health…my kids health…

My kids happiness…

My relationship with others…

Our safe house…

My husband’s job…

 And suddenly, one day we try to make the journey realizing our security blankets are so incredibly fragile. Yet, we keep trusting them. But God wants us to trust in Him more than our eathly securities. He wants to to rest in Him. 

If you haven’t been in this situation friend, get ready…it’s coming! Can you trust God to protect you when all else fails? Can He be the master security blanket in your house? 

Trade in the world’s imperfect and temporary warmth and wrap yourself tightly in the security He provides. 

May you find rest in the arms of your Abba friend.

You are My beloved and you will dwell in safety by Me; and I will cover you all the day long, and you will dwell between My shoulders. (Based on Deuteronomy 33:12 KJVA)

 Time to trade in your security blanket for the warmth He promises. We can get go…even if it is one strand at a time. 

 

Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!

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9 thoughts on “Be My Blanket

  1. I love your blog! I came over from the 31 Days Survivor’s group, and this is the second time I’ve been to your blog and the second time I’ve been deeply touched by your words.

    I have a child who loves her blankie, too. I’m never going to look at that old pink blanket the same. May it always remind me of where my true security lies. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. I know God is my security too. I can’t trust in a job or anything wordly like I can in Jesus. He is my provider. Thanks for this great reminder of the truths of my Jehovah-jireh. He provides all I need.

  3. That is such a sweet story! My kids are grown now but my husband’s daughter, when she was 26 and about to get married, lost her treasured blankie in her luggage that was lost. Even at 26 it was tragic! My security blanket is control. As my anxiety level increases, my need to control increases. Until I reach out for my Savior who lovingly guides me back to reality. I am not in conrol at all.

    • Kari – WOW! I seriously don’t think my lil guys blanket will last that long…that’s amazing! My security is tucked in my need for control too. I hear you completely!

  4. This. Is. Good. Where is my security? What blanket am I holding on to? And when will I just realize that I have to let it go and just let God? Great post, my friend!!!

  5. Children give us such beautiful insight. I love how God’s peace came to him and you were able to make a stressful situation a learning situation. I hope I can be a great mom like you when my son is older. Sometimes I tend to freak out instead of relax. Thanks for sharing.

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