February 2016

Creation Enjoying: Parental Tour Guides

by Ron VandenBurg

Regardless of the season, how awesome is it that as parents we get to be the tour guides and show our children God's wonderful creation? When we view the whole world as God's classroom, we get to encourage wonder in our children. Using our senses, we see the eagle soar, hear the ribbits from the frog pond and feel the warmth of the sun on our faces. Our children's experiences point to the presence of our active Creator God. Exploring creation helps your children understand also our responsibilities to creation and how people before us and right now are using, and maybe abusing, this beautiful world.

There is nothing ordinary, usual, or boring about God's natural world.  We get to draw attention to all things made by God- including cuddly kittens, soft downy ducks, and pesky mosquitoes.

Psalm 65:8's "songs of joy" is a great exemplar of how we should respond to God’s creation. Take your family out into nature and explore it, study it, and talk about it. God makes good stuff, including us.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Psalm 19 (read the whole chapter!)
Spend some time looking together at a sunset, or a mountain range, or a baby’s tiny hand.
Find a local state park or conservation area and go for a hike.  Make it family goal to hike in your favorite forest, desert terrain, mountain area and prairie plateau.
As a family, research and discover places in your local area that you are new-to-you.
As a family, get some gardening gloves and go clean up a local park. Do some service work together outside!
Road trip! (by car or by bicycle)

MEMORY VERSE

Psalm 65:8. The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

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