A Verse Hid in Our Hearts…D is for…
“Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.” Proverbs 23:4,5
A Hymn to Impart…“Flee as a Bird”
A Sweet Little Prayer…“God’s Love”
A Poem to Share…“The Last Word of a Bluebird”
How Our Week Was Spent
We went to Story Time at the book store and got a coupon for a free book so we got the Lego Book of Ideas. We read Make Way for Ducklings and I made little ducks like I saw in the Lego Book and Mom squealed a lot about them (Joel, 8).
We used to have a pet duck. It just flew in our yard one day and stayed for like two months. It would come when we called and wag it’s tail when we gave it bread. We named it Rick but it was a girl only we didn’t know that (Titus, 9 1/2).
D is for dove. They come on our lanai sometimes. Yesterday a dove came in and then couldn’t figure out how to leave so it stayed in my room all morning till Mom got it with a net (Nate, 6).
I couldn’t help laughing out loud as we read together “Make Way for Ducklings.” What Mama of little ones isn’t just like Mrs. Mallard? First, we have to find the perfect nest, where there aren’t any foxes or turtles or things with wheels rushing about that might harm our ducklings. We devote ourselves to keeping them warm and are careful to count often to make sure they are all there. We teach them to swim and dive, walk in a straight line, come when they’re called and stay away from things with wheels. And then we lead them through this grand adventure called life as proud as can be when on-lookers stop to comment on our beautiful family never knowing the perils we are inadvertently avoiding at every turn because Our Protector is directing traffic all along the way.
We met a dear older couple at Church on Sunday whose own children had all left the nest to go on the mission field in a country where Christians are routinely put to death. I was imagining my own little ducklings under such perilous circumstances when the gentleman said “I’d be more afraid for their physical safety if they were home with us and not doing the Lord’s will. There’s no safer place for them to be than in the center of His will.” As David Livingstone once said “I am immortal until my work is accomplished.”
God has a work for our children to do and my work isn’t to protect them from all the dangers associated with it. Just like the policemen in the story, the Lord is directing the traffic all around us. My job is to teach them to come when called and in learning to follow me they are learning to follow their Master and when He calls, to go without question. And even if that be to The Valley of the Shadow of Death they need fear no evil.
Lord, help me not to parent in fear, but in accordance with your will. Strengthen me to train up these little ones you have entrusted to my care
so that they would be well equipped to do the work you have set out for them to accomplish. And surely, goodness and mercy will follow them all the days of their life.