Today’s Scripture: “But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:16, NLT (My mom’s favorite verse.)
“Read to me, Mommy.”
Two of my kids uttered these words from two separate rooms last night WAY past their bedtime. I’m a sucker for a story, so I pulled Hans Christen Anderson’s Wonderful Stories for Children up on my Android. Yes, times have changed from when I was younger, but I love that good stories can access more places and people now. When that did the trick for my oldest son (whose snore, by the way, could wake Rip Van Winkle), I moved on to Beatrix Potter for my youngest. He loves the story of Peter Rabbit. I think it’s because he shares a mischievous streak with the young bunny. He didn’t fall asleep. He wanted it read again and again.
My memorization skills don’t work nearly as well these days as they did when I was required to memorize chunks of Chaucer, Yeats, and other influential writers during my college years, but I can still recite the first and last lines of Peter Rabbit quite well. Peter Rabbit was one of my mom’s favorite stories to read to me, and I can still hear the lilt of her voice in my mind as an adult.
Now that I have my own children and can revive the good stories I discovered as a girl, I find I’m able to seal many moments of joy I had when I was younger into my heart and memory. Unfortunately, as so many reading this can probably relate to, joy sometimes escapes us due to whatever hard, unexpected trial life brings. We often cannot control the things that come at us, but we can learn to focus on the joy of the beauty God can bring from the ashes. Each moment we experience shines with a glitter all its own, and finding joy is just a matter of directing our gaze toward the sparkle. I’ve learned I can’t go wrong when I’m reading amazing stories to my kids and focusing on serving up some of God’s love to them in the process.
As promised in my last post, I will be doing what I will call summer reading highlights over the next several months. I’ll be whimsical. I’ll highlight some of the books my kids love. I’ll highlight classics. I’ll highlight works by friends (some have who asked me and some who I just love to plug). I’ll highlight good beach reads. I’ll also stay open to suggestions from you, my readers, and, as usual, I’ll keep God at the forefront. I hope you’ll stay plugged in and provide feedback throughout this journey. There will be some giveaways along the way you won’t want to miss!
Thanks for reading!