WFMW: Listening to the Skies

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It is Works for Me Wednesday, and do you know what works for me?

Psalm 19.

We are studying it this week as one way to get ready for summer. Yesterday, we looked at verses 1-6, which point out that the glory of God is everywhere, if we will just take the time to look and listen.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is hidden from its heat.

I find this to be so true when I am outside with my children. The sky is huge and the summer sun is intense. God's glory is everywhere, but I'm sweaty . . . and bored. I don't feel like stopping to look at a rock, or waiting as they poke a pile of dirt. And yet, as a mother at home with little ones in the summer, that is exactly what I am called to do. Their exploration is my opportunity to point out God's glory.

Here are some ways to do that:

~ Take a nature walk and let your child lead. Stop when he wants to stop. Linger as long as he wants to linger. Talk about who made that bug, and the awesomeness of it.
~ Listen to the birds. Just sit and listen.
~ Learn the names of flowers and teach them to your children.
~ Read Genesis 1 together.
~ Point out all that God created when you are outside.
~ Fly a kite. Enjoy looking up.
~ When it rains, thank God.
~ When a cool breeze blows, thank God.
~ Talk about how God's love is like the sun: reliable and far reaching.
~ Point out cloud shapes.
~ Draw pictures of what you have seen outside.

These are some of my summer goals. Do you have any more ideas? How do you help your children listen to the skies?

June 2nd footnote: Linking up with The MOB Society Growing Godly Men - since the ones I will be exploring nature with are my two future godly men who love to stop and look at bugs.

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4 Responses to “WFMW: Listening to the Skies”

  1. I really like your way of describing this as listening to the skies.  Here's a quick and easy way to observe one of the curiosities of nature with your children.

  2. Read Genesis this. It is amazing to see how impacting this chapter is at such a young be in awe of Creation. Beautiful.

  3. Love it!  So far, My 2 1/2 year old explore and talk about how each thing he collects in his "treasure bucket" is something that God made.