Good Things and “God” Things

Last week in chapel at my pre-school, CCDC (Christian Childhood Development Center) where I am the music/ chapel teacher for all the precious kiddos, we discussed how God is EVERYWHERE, even in our hearts. And how it doesn’t have to be a special day like Christmas or Easter or a birthday to celebrate God’s love, but we can celebrate God’s love anywhere and anytime because God loves us ALL THE TIME! Each day is special because each day is a gift from God, a new day to play and learn, to grow and share love with others. Every morning we can wake up and start the day by singing this song from scripture, “This is the Day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24)
We brainstormed about ways to celebrate God’s love each day….by singing songs, by thanking God, by dancing, by drawing a picture for someone, by playing outside, by saying a poem, by hugging a friend, by helping with dinner, by reading a good book, by learning something new, by sharing a smile, by doing something kind for someone else. I showed the children a pipe cleaner necklace that Ellie made for me on Monday morning with beads and buttons, and a little red jingle in the middle. She brought it into my bathroom Monday morning as I was getting ready for work, and that turned an ordinary day into a very special one for me! I told the children about our family ritual of sharing “good things” at night, a great way to celebrate the moments that have made an ordinary day a special one. When we begin to focus on these things, it teaches our children to look for them throughout the day, and literally shapes and grows a more positive attitude. After all, research shows that optimism is a learned trait, not an innate one, so work on it. We talked about using our eyes and ears, hands and even noses to notice “God things” each day because wherever love is, God is there. “God is LOVE”, 1 John 4:8. Teach your children to look around every day for “God things” – someone helping a friend when she falls on the playground, a teacher comforting a crying child, a child holding a door open for an elderly woman at the store,  a beautiful work of art, the smell of homemade muffins coming from the kitchen, a gentle rainstorm on dry grass, a child singing,  a new baby kitten, a beautiful sunset…. “God things” are EVERYWHERE! Here are a few from my week:
  • One evening, I read a new book to Ellie in bed about a kitten looking for the star shape to make a wish…I asked her about what she would wish for (not fish like the kitty), and she said she would wish “that Mommy would never go away.”
  • After a late afternoon nap on Friday, MJ snuggled for a long time in my “listening lap”, letting me snuggle and love on him, while he told me all about his great day at school, even drawing me a diagram of the cafeteria and how the lunch line works, and the food on the tray. I got to tell him, “I love hearing about your day.”
  • One of my PK students telling her mommy that she wants to be a music teacher “just like Mrs. Manders” when she grows up!
  • One morning I had to force Ellie screaming into the carseat for school/ work, but when I picked her up that afternoon she handed me a note she’d made that said, “I’m sorry”…or in her own way.
Hard to tell, but she has put her name at the top w/ stickers and crayon, and written "im sore" at the bottom.

Hard to tell, but she has put her name at the top w/ stickers and crayon, and written “im sore” at the bottom.

  • Watching MJ thrive as the youngest member of the LHE chess club – love my little nerdy kid! I’m enjoying learning from him…

    MJ and a new friend at "Chess Club" after school.

    MJ and a new friend at “Chess Club” after school.

  • Daddy walked in the door at 6:00 on Thursday evening, much earlier than usual! He offered to get the kids to bed, and I got to run a couple of errands ALL BY MYSELF, calling my dear friend Melanie along the way. When I came home, the kids were asleep. This is what had gone on while I’d been away: Watch Video of silly Ellie in bed!
  • Getting to hand out little mirrors in music to all the children (babies – age 5), and singing to them about how wonderfully made they are! (And watching all the silly faces!)
  • Ellie and MJ sharing a very silly moment as they experience what it means to “lap” up water! MJ had been walking “laps” around the kitchen table, so I started a conversation about the different meanings of the word, and they wanted to try this: Watch video of Silly kids!!
  • Watching my kids get excited about donating money on North Texas Giving Day, as they did the math to double the funds to our favorite charities!
  • Watching Ellie greet MJ with a BIG hug when we picked him up from Kindergarten!
  • When I took my car to the shop, I did NOT have to get a new transmission as I’d feared.
  • Seeing the JOY that MJ has in playing with his friends after school!
Monkeys from Ms. Ruth's K class at LHE!

Monkeys from Ms. Ruth’s K class at LHE!

  • Discovering a new play place with Ellie, open gym at Palaestra. I had fun jumping on trampolines and landing in the foam pit like a kid!
  • One evening during our “family relaxing time”, I was massaging Ellie’s legs and feet with Burt’s Bees calming lotion, and I asked her about her “good thing” for the day. She said it was “being with me.”
  • Friday evening we had a fun fall family night at Addison Oktoberfest, our first family outing for some time. Ignoring MJ’s meltdown at the very end, and the fact that we looked in 6 garages before finally locating our car at 10:30 (and I had not even had a beer), we had some GREAT moments: atop the Ferris wheel together, dancing to the German music, wearing our chicken hats, sharing apple strudel, learning to drink (water) to “Eins, Zwei, Gsoffe!”
Atop the Ferris Wheel!

Atop the Ferris Wheel!

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Ready for the Chicken Dance!

Ready for the Chicken Dance!

Watching the German Dancers

Watching the German Dancers

Eyeing the strudel!

Eyeing the strudel!

Not a beer....
Not a beer….

Bumper Cars!

Bumper Cars!

Crazy Drivers!

Crazy Drivers!

Watching the Scorpion!

Watching the Scorpion! What’s one late night to see this kind of childhood magic? (I mean besides the tantrums the next day…)

Video of MJ and Mommy doing a German line dance

How will you make today a special day?

Maybe it’s just by repeating the words of Mr. Rogers to your child. At the end of each show, he says the words that his grandfather used to say to him, “You made today special by just your being YOU!

Comments

  1. Liza Lake says:

    What a beautiful post!