3 Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. Psalms 149:3 (NIV)
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” Revelation 5:13
Happy Spring! I just love spring – I love everything about it. I love the flowers that poke up through the ground after a long winter. I especially love sleeping with the window cracked open during the cool nights and having the birds wake me up in the morning singing songs outside. It seems like all the earth is giving praise to God in the spring J
It is a busy world we live in, especially as parents of young children. My dream is to wake up before dawn to the songs of birds and the smell of the lilacs outside my window, and open up my bible and sink into a hot cup of coffee and God’s sweet Word before anyone else gets out of bed. Truth is, I was still up at midnight making lunches and when I hear the birds I pull the covers over my head to muffle the sound as I sneak in 5 more minutes of sleep. Most mornings I carry my cup of coffee around with me sipping it up as I go from bathroom to bathroom and all the bedrooms in between, warning that we are late (as usual) and everybody needs to hurry up! But even though most mornings are a blur, my little girl will notice the beauty of the sunrise or a really weird bug on the car, the pattern of the frost on her window or the bird poop that looks like an alien, and she gives God credit. I realize that in my rush, I must be giving God praise enough that my child picks up on it. Because I believe it. I do! I believe that God created beautiful and weird and wonderful things for us to enjoy, and I verbally thank Him for it often enough that my child has picked up on it. I give myself a C- for time management, but when it comes to praising God, I think I might score a B. And you know what? My B is producing an A in my child, so I am blessed. Because God has taken my imperfect effort and multiplied it through my child. What an awesome God!
This spring, as everything is made new again, resist the urge to say you will change everything and be the perfect parent. New Flash: It’s probably not going to happen. But you can make a simple promise to give praise to God when you see Him – out loud, verbally. And you do see Him – I know you notice the huge patch of daffodils as you drive down the road, or the bunny in the yard or the deer running across the street. Just say “Wow - thanks God – that’s beautiful!” That’s it. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It’s how you teach kids to expect to see God, to watch for Him, and to praise Him when you see Him.