A Verse Hid in Our Heart…K is for…
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 17:8
A Hymn to Impart “On the Wings of a Dove”
A Sweet Little Prayer…“Morning Hymn”
A Poem to Share…“Answer to a Child’s Question”
How Our Week Was Spent
The Thermometer Bird has eggs that have to be always 91-92 degrees or they die. They keep them in a mound nest and cover them with rotting plants that make heat and then check the temperature with their tongues to make sure it is exactly right. If it’s too cold they add more plant compost and if it’s too hot they add cool sand. It takes 15 hours for the baby birds to dig their way out of all that rotten stuff. (by Titus, 9 1/2 and Joel, 8).
Last year as part of our Boy’s Day Celebration, one of our Japanese neighbors taught us all how to make Origami Carp Fish and she did such a great job I asked her to come teach us how to do Origami birds. Just like Boy’s Day this ended up becoming quite the multi-cultural affair. One of the neighboring vacation rentals is currently being occupied by a family from Germany that we have had a great time getting to know, so they came along for the lesson. While Maiko taught us some bird-related Japanese vocabulary, Ute repeated the same words to us in German and then I looked up what they would be in Hawaiian.
Ute also told us about the Storks which are a very special part of their culture. All the children had a great time folding their Cranes and eating their Japanese snacks while we Moms shared in the great international occasion called “Tea.”
Before she left, Maiko folded a few more Origami trinkets for us including a beautiful little “Star-box.” She explained that when she was in school, everyday at lunch they would each create one of these boxes to use as a trash receptacle for their lunch wrappers.
This just blew my boys minds. They could not comprehend working so hard everyday to create something so lovely, just to fill it with garbage and throw it away.
The thought of taking what is lovely and filling it with what is corruptible should be quite foreign for believers. For us, as with the thermometer bird, the opposite is true. Think of the wondrous little treasures hidden down inside that mound of decaying, rotting matter. 2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” As a Mom I can’t help but admit everyday what a fragile, helpless creature I am on my own accord. But I have Christ in me! And even though the tasks demanded in caring for little ones may seem endless and mundane they are nothing short of kingdom work in God’s everlasting economy. The cares and physical exhaustion that tax my body are but a “slight, momentary affliction” compared to the “eternal weight of glory” being laid up through the kingdom work God is accomplishing through my mortal flesh. So moms, “we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day…as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthinans 4:16-18