Friday, May 27, 2011

A Way of Seeing

When you have a child, especially a toddler, it is not hard to see the world through their eyes. Our Lucy is now 15 months old and seeing her in action is very entertaining.

A few weeks ago our daffodils finally began to bloom. They were a little late because of the cold, wet Spring we've been experiencing here. One evening I took little Lucy out for a walk. She had just learned to walk so she held tightly to my hand as we crossed the bumpy lawn.

Suddenly she began to squeal with delight and began toddling as fast as she could to the flower bed. She stood right in front of a delicate yellow daffodil, touched it gently, and laughed. I looked at the daffodil and at Lucy and smiled.

My little one had given me a gift that evening. Completely subconsciously on her part, she had given me something to treasure. I saw that daffodil with fresh eyes. There it was, a piece of golden sunshine, swaying in the wind, beckoning me to laugh with delight just as Lucy did.

What a reminder to consider the lilies of the field, who neither "toil nor spin" but are dressed more splendidly than Solomon in all his glory! How much more will God not clothe me?

With little Lucy completely trusting that she would not fall if she held tightly to my finger, she was free to enjoy that flower. Trusting completely in my heavenly Father's provision for me leaves me free to enjoy Him. After all, that is what He wants from us as the Westminster Shorter Catechism states so well: "Man's chief end [main purpose or goal] is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever."

What a privilege I have to nurture these little people living in my home and one of the side benefits is seeing the world through their eyes and being reminded of the great lessons God has revealed in His Word!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I'm Back!

I can't believe it's been so long since I posted! I justified myself by saying, "I'm a busy mom; I just don't have time right now, etc. etc." While that is, indeed true, surely I can take a few minutes to compile something, can't I?

Many things have been simmering in the back of my mind and every time I would think to myself that it was worth blogging about but somehow those posts just never materialized.


Perhaps I was looking to write the perfect post. Is the grammar correct? Is the subject matter interesting enough? Do I have a picture to go with it? When I look at creating posts in this way, I quickly find something else on my 'to do' list which is long enough anyway.

When one has a tendency toward perfectionism, the tendency can be to do nothing rather than to do something wrong. Somehow, that does not seem like the right response, does it? So, if you, my dear readers, can put up with less than perfect posts, I will attempt to begin posting regularly. As a way of holding myself accountable, how about I start with three posts per week. Does that sound doable?

What do you do to motivate yourself to do things that seem daunting to you?