In keeping with June being gardening month, my guest writer today talks about nature walks and using them as a bonding tool with her child. Interesting!
Jennifer Slattery lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter. Visit her online at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com to read more inspiring meditations centered on Christ, living His mission, and making Him known.
Walking with the Creator by Jennifer Slattery
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV)
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates”
This passage is more than a command. It is an invitation to draw near to our children on a heart-to-heart level as we share the deepest part of who we are—our faith. It is an invitation to connect, to explore, and to rest in our relationship in the hands of our Father.
When our daughter was young, she and I spent hours strolling through the neighborhood. Those were unhurried moments of walking hand in hand, crunching fallen leaves, and picking flowers. Everything enchanted her and evoked innumerable questions.
As she explored God’s creation, I used the opportunity to introduce her to the Creator. We talked about the different colors before us. I told her of God’s love displayed in each chirping robin and fragrant flower. Her eyes would light up with childlike wonder, and her gaze would drift to the sky.
She’s fourteen now, and while many of her friends are pulling away from their parents; she and I continue to enjoy long, leisurely strolls. They’re cherished times between her and I. Times where she unveils her heart and shares some of her deepest dreams and fears. And like when she was a toddler, it isn’t long before our conversation turns spiritual. For us, talking about God comes naturally. It’s part of our relationship’s DNA.
Twelve years ago, I had no idea what a beautiful tradition our creation walks would start. Not only have these special moments strengthened her faith; they’ve melded our hearts together as well.
SHARING TIME: How do you incorporate God into you and your family’s life?