“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1
“He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.” Psalm 147:8
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” Psalm 8:3-4
Making Memories Through God’s Creation
Summer monsoon storms have been coming and going through Phoenix the past couple of weeks. It has brought some much-needed reprieve from the oven-like, 110-degree temperatures! Tonight, I listened to the thunder roll while cooking dinner and serving it outside on our table. Then, I put an old record on our player, lit a couple of candles, and spread out a pretty tablecloth. I called my family when dinner was ready, and my kids “oohed” and “ahhed” at the dark, cloud-filled sky and the “fancy” table I had prepared for us. We had a beautiful night. My sweet 5-year-old ended our time saying she wished every night could be like this.
Let me give you a little background to the above scene. First, we had a bare fridge, so dinner was rice and beans! Next, my “fancy” tablecloth was actually an old curtain I had lying around, and the record I played was 99 cents from Goodwill! I always imagined I needed to have a lot of money and time to create a “fancy” experience for my family to enjoy. It didn’t occur to me that it can happen in the smallest of ways. Tonight was simple and cheap, but no one minded what we were having or where it came from; it was all about the feeling and love it was coupled with! We do not need expensive things to create a beautiful memory for our family or children. We just need to be intentional and aware of the beauty God has already placed in front of us!
I love how Philippians 4:8 encourages us to focus on beauty and goodness. God has created beauty all around us through nature. Just like the verse in Philippians, I could not help but ponder and “ooh” and “ahh” over His lovely and praiseworthy creation tonight! God gives us so many opportunities to partner with Him in His creation. Choosing to partner with God tonight as I enjoyed His beauty with my family was a precious memory I hope not to forget.
Partnering with God and His creation helps to give us perspective; perspective on the majesty and goodness of God. He created this earth for us to enjoy and draw us to Him. And He wants us to share this with our children too!
Would you like to learn more about how to encourage your children to appreciate God’s creation? Be sure to check out, “Giving Your Kids the Gift of Wonder.”