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This week we are diving into the “Creation Days” and I’m trying something a little different. One reason I started doing devotions with my littles, is it actually causes me to get into the word and meditate on it. And that’s what I encourage everyone following along to do. While you are playing and doing a Bible activity with your child, meditate on that story. What is it saying? What truth can you pull from it? So this week as we look at each day of creation, I have included a really short verse. Read it to your baby. Read it for yourself. Or if you also have older kids, get them involved and have them read it. There is also a super short meditation for you too. Something to think on as you play or are going about your day. Stay anchored. This parenthood thing is crazy, wild, and beautiful, but sometimes lends little time for personal spiritual time. So, I pray, that these simple verses will give you something to think on through today, as your doing dishes, changing diapers, and trying to catch a breath. And that you would find yourself growing in the Lord with your child.
Day 1: Light
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
-John 8:12 (ESV)
Mama Meditation: Nothing can live without light. Just look at plants. Shut them up in a closet, and see how fast they wither. Science shows the same goes for animals and people. Without light, we can quickly fall into anxiety and depression. We wither. With this perspective, what does it mean to you when Jesus says “I am the light?”
Play Challenge: Light Sensory
Day 2: Sky and Sea
“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens. Your faithfulness stretches to the sky.”
-Psalm 36:5 (ESV)
The expanse of the sea to sky is enormous. Yet, that is how much God loves you. Nothing can separate you from that love. How can you walk in that love today as you care for your children?
Play Challenge: Clouds and Sea Water Play
Fill a sink or bin up with water. Add a few drops of blue food coloring. Then add a few dollops of shaving cream. If you’re worried your toddler might taste the cream, try whipped cream instead. As always, monitor your child during water play, because accidents do happen.
Day 3: Dry Land and Plants
“As a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.”
This chapter in the Bible is talking about God making a new beginning. It talks about how he delivers the oppressed, makes justice for the captive, and erases shame. He is the God of redemption. What hope do you find in this truth?
Play Challenge: Sit In A Garden
Do you have a garden? Or is their a garden or green house you can visit? Take your baby and explore. Let them touch and smell the flowers. What colors can your baby see? What sounds might she hear? Talk about it. Simply talking with your baby helps build vocabulary.
Day 4: Sun, Moon, and Stars
“He counts the stars and calls them by name.”
-Psalm 147:4 (NLT)
The God of the universe knows the stars. He knows how many, and he knows their names. If he cares that much about balls of burning gas in the sky, how much more does he care about you?
Play Challenge: Stay Up Late
Go out side on a clear night. Can your toddler seen the moon? What about the stars? Point them out. Talk about how God created all that they can see. Another option is to get some glow-in-the-dark stars and hang them on your child’s ceiling. Have fun looking at the “sky” in their room.
Day 5: Birds and Fish
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
– Matthew 6:26 (NIV)
Are you not more valuable that a bird?
Play Challenge: Bird Seed Play
Fill a bin with birdseed. Add a few feathers, toy birds, and anything else bird-related you can think of. You can add some scoops, spoons, and other sensory tools. Then let your child go wild. Don’t be afraid to join-in the play.
Day 6: Animals and Man
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful!”
-Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
God made your baby, but he also made you. You are wonderfully made.
Play Challenge: Zoo
Go to the zoo! Look at the animals. Talk about them with your baby. God created the animals. He created us too.
Day 7: Rest
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
Exodus 20:8 (KJV)
This may be one of our societies most neglected commandments. But it’s one of the most important. Taking a sabbath allows us to work from our rest, instead of to our rest. Do you take a Sabbath? In our house, we call it a lazy day. We usually rent a movie, order take-out, and just enjoy each other’s company. What could taking a rest mean for your family? How can you make this apart of your rhythms?
Play Challenge: Take A Lazy Day
Have a day to relax. Don’t plan anything. Order a pizza. Simply be and enjoy time with your family.