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Become Like Little Children

The kids’ last day of school was on the 4th and while they did amazing catching up to their peers in Kindergarten in only four short months, we have some work to do this summer to prepare for 1st grade. Most of that is writing and reading, but I’ve found teaching opportunities in the little things so far this summer at home with them.

We have a few hanging flower baskets that the boys gave me for Mother’s Day right in front of our living room window. Manny noticed birds flying into the basket he gave me and was worried that the birds were eating (his) flowers! The next time I watered it, sure enough there was a nest with two beautiful eggs.

Over the course of the next few weeks we used that time to talk about and actually watch the life forming in that nest. The anticipation of baby birds kept the kids excited each day. This nest led to many discussions: Why does a bird lay eggs and people don’t? Why will the momma bird leave if we disturb the nest? How do birds build the nests?

Two tiny eggs that will become beautiful birds. How amazing.

The kids were in awe and amazement at watching the baby birds growing in those nests and I couldn’t help but be too.

This was much more of a learning experience for me, or maybe a great reminder, because as adults we need to be reminded to be in awe and wonder of the miracles around us. It sadly doesn’t come naturally anymore.

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:3

This is a true life example of what I think this scripture means. Watching these birds through our living room window build a nest out of twigs and grass, then the appearance of two little eggs seemingly out of nowhere, left the kids in shock and amazement. Then seeing the baby birds appear a short while later left them in awe and wonder and excitement.

Why aren’t we as adults the same way? The Bible specifically tells us that we need to become like little children again. We need to bring back that awe and excitement at the rain, the wind blowing through the trees, the beautiful flowers appearing out of the ground, the vast oceans, the enormous mountains and the beautiful sunshine that God created.

The list goes on and on.

Amazing what comes from those two tiny eggs. Beautiful.

Take the time today to just stand in awe and amazement at something in your life. Whether it’s the rain falling from the sky, the wind blowing through your hair or your beautiful little baby resting in your arms.

Here is a video that was shown at church a few weeks ago on this very topic. Watch it and be reminded: Stand in awe… In wonder…. Be excited about all of the miracles around you.

Comments

  1. I literally gasped at the pictures of the baby birds. How beautiful! My daughter and I stopped today to watch a snail cross the sidewalk. I love the simple things I get to enjoy with my kids.

  2. That’s so true. We tend to rationalize too much. We just need to accept, appreciate and treasure the blessings He places around us.

  3. What a great message and such an important reminder! Awesome pictures too!

  4. Oh my gosh, too cute!! Look at those precious birds!!

    Ps: Love your blog design!

  5. Oh those little birds are precious. I agree, we need to become like children, at least once in awhle. The bible says to have the faith of a child!

  6. What an awesome experience. It is really a way to give meaning to those words and thoughts.

  7. Such a wonderful post. Jesus Himself taught us to have faith like a child. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pics and a great lesson in patience with us

  8. Those photos are absolutely amazing. I’ve had birds hatch at our home, but they were too high up to see them. How precious.

  9. Those were some gorgeous speckled looking eggs. They hatched into some hungry birds it looks like! I hope they’ll be okay.

  10. Your pictures are beautiful…so are the babies! Another MIRACLE!

  11. It’s sad that I sometimes need a reminder to step back and appreciate what’s around me, but I do. Thank you.

  12. Yes, watching children make us feel so wonderful and free. I adore watching them with chickens, so cute with so much laughter.

  13. Chidlren have the best perspective, their life is full of wonder and amusement and creativity. I try to be more like that more often.

  14. Amazing that you could witness this mini-miracle. Thank you for sharing your convictions.

  15. I am amazed at times while watching my kids learn about the world around them. And you are right, we all need to remember to “be a kid” at times. Last week I caught my husband and daughters coming in the house soaking wet. Daddy had taken them outside to play in the rain. You don’t want to lose that.

  16. What an awesome experience to share with your children. I love seeing the wonderment on my son’s face at the new things in the world he encounters.

  17. I’ve always loved that scripture. Sometimes we move to fast to enjoy and be in awe and wonder. What a sweet story and reminder. Thank you for sharing.

  18. What an amazing experience to watch nature take place like that right under your noses. We get a lot of nests in our trees, but they are always way too high up to see in.

  19. Wow. Great post, and what beautiful photos. Amazing.

  20. Those photos are so beautiful. I agree with a few of the other comments — would love to see those framed!

  21. Oh my how precious! Amazing shots too!

  22. Tomorrow is the last day of school here and I can’t wait!! Your’e right there are wonders to be appreciated in everything.

  23. What an inspirational post to read. I loved the baby bird picture that accompanied this post. It really solidified the message you were trying to convey.

  24. Oh wow this is so cool! I would love to have these sweet babies where I could see them!

  25. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I love the photos if the eggs and babies. These are so beautiful, I’d frame them.

  26. we were trying to have a similar lesson with a nest and eggs. Another bird came and took the eggs so we weren’t able to watch them all hatch

  27. I’m not religious or a bible reader but I do subscribe to science and it’s fabulous nature. I’m glad you were able to take a lesson in patience and nature as the bird hatched.

  28. Your pictures are beautiful. You’re right, I need to start being in awe again at life, and the beautiful simple things surrounding me.

  29. Oh gosh – how sweet are they?! Thank you for the inspiration <3

  30. OooohMYgosh I love the shots you got!! We have a nest that the birds return to every year but it’s a little too high and I can hardly see anything. LOVE this!

  31. @ Migdalia – @MsLatina: I love this Migdalia.

  32. Thank you for sharing the video and verse. It was exactly what I needed. Lately, I’ve been feeling like the busyness of life is draining me, drawing me away and causing the seeds that were planted to get bogged down in the cares of the world. This weekend I had to take a step back, to disconnect from media, and reconnect with my sons. We needed it. I want to stand in awe everyday. I never want to take anything He has given me for granted.

  33. Amazing photo of the babies! That’s as good as professional photos I’ve seen!

  34. Fantastic point! I try to always think of my blessings. I love getting out in nature with the kids too. They always point things out to me that sometimes I wouldn’t notice. I sometimes wonder if I am learning more from them than the other way around.

  35. This is so true. We get so caught up in life and work that we often forget to pay attention to the small miracles.

    Great photos!

  36. How fun, I’m a teacher and we just finished school too!!!

  37. It is indeed a wondrous thing to watch new life start.

  38. How beautiful that you were able to capture the eggs and baby birds! Just breathtaking!

  39. Your photo of the baby birds is breathtaking. Aren’t the minds of kids amazing?

  40. It’s true that if we cold be and think like children, the world would be a happier place. I watch my own two boys with awe at the way they take in life.

  41. I’m really impressed you were able to get such amazing photos. We have a couple of birds nests in the birdhouses in your yard. We can’t see inside very well, but it’s been fun to tell my son about the baby birds that were in there recently.

  42. Becoming a mother has really helped me with this. To see the world again for the first time has helped me focus on what’s important in life.

  43. Kids see things so simply. They help me to remember to see the awe.

  44. Lovely photos….it is a shame we have to grow up so fast even if part of us want to keep that little kid inside.

  45. Love the photos and thank you for the great inspirational read this morning. :) Oh to have a heart like a child.

  46. Wow, your pictures totally had me in awe!! What a great reminder to treasure the moments in our life.

  47. When you really stop and think about it, there is so much we have gotten used to in our daily lives and rarely think about. Having children has really helped me to slow down and take notice of things that before, I didn’t have time for.

  48. Amazing photo of the baby birds. My parents always have the swallows nest at their place and you can always see the babies poking their head out when they are hungry. It is pretty amazing.

  49. That photo of the two baby birds is breathtaking! We haven’t come across any nests to watch, but it’s something I did as a kid and it’s so magical.

  50. Those pictures are truly amazing! I agree that we should strive to be more like little children. This is such a great story to be shared concerning this topic.

  51. Those baby birds are too cute! Amazing photos! I bought my wife one of those window bird houses so she could watch birds build a nest but so far the house is still empty.

  52. What perfect pictures of the eggs and the baby birds. I love the reminder to just stand in awe and amazement at something in our life. Our Creator has certainly given us enough to be in awe of, hasn’t He?

  53. I always get a nest by the back door and I LOVE watching it every day to see how the babies are coming along. I thought they’d be noisy when they have their beaks open like that, but they’re quiet!

  54. I have had birds build a nest before where I could watch them grow. They sure do grow fast and leave the nest.

  55. Very lovely pictures and very inspiring words!

  56. I too love the pictures you were able to capture!

  57. Great post and beautiful pictures.I love sitting around just watching the birds outside and our animals seeing what they do.

  58. Such a great reminder! I love seeing the world through Emerson’s eyes. Everything is a new and fresh. And thanks for sharing the video. I was in the nursery, so I heard the message, but didn’t see the video!

  59. Beautiful pictures! And thanks for the good word.

  60. Beautiful post. Love the shot of the birds. Cute!

  61. Awww, look at the cute baby birds!!

    I like to watch my kids sleep. It’s one of my greatest joys in life.

  62. Your pictures of the eggs & baby birds are just beautiful! I try to keep my child-like mind sharp, but with the many adult responsibilities it can be tough! Today I am watching the rain come down – and loving every minute of it!

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