After discovering Mummy Meditations last week I was excited to learn what this week’s bible verse would be. This week I would have a full week to explore the verse and look at it with Monkey.
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander noone, to be peacable and considerate, and always to be gentle towards everyone. – Titus 3:1-2
This is a great verse to study with little people. It’s basically telling us how we need to act as christians. Whilst the advice was for the early christians in Crete, the message remains relevant today – we should try to live a good life as an example to everyone of God’s grace.
I have to say we’re really lucky with Monkey. On the whole she is kind, caring, great at sharing and generally well behaved. But she is two, going on three and like most kids that age she has times where she will test the boundaries. This verse gave me a great opportunity to talk to her about the behaviour I expect from her, and more importantly why.
We started by reading the verse together and talking about what it meant. I then asked Monkey for some examples of how she could do what this verse was asking her to do. I was pleasantly surprised with some of her answers. We had the usual things like listening to parents, sharing, taking turns etc but she also talked about making sandwiches for people with no houses (a few weeks ago she helped me make sandwiches before I took them out with a soup kitchen in Manchester city centre) and writing to the poorly children (she is a fortnightly writer for the amazing charity Post Pals). I was amazed at her empathy for her age and it was great to see her realise that we can do more than just be good, we can do good.
I wanted to do some activities based around the verse with Monkey. The first was a sorting and sticking exercise. I wrote the verse at the top of the page and then wrote out lots of things she might do. She had to sort the things that were acting in this verse from the things that weren’t and stick them to the sheet.
Monkey loves sticking so she enjoyed this activity and talked lots whilst she was doing it about why things were or were not making it onto her sheet.
Mummy Meditations is focusing on the fruits of the spirit and this month it’s looking at gentleness. For that reason I wanted to focus on the very last bit of the verse – and always to be gentle to everyone. I wrote this out on a bright piece of paper and Monkey decorated it with feathers, going back to our talk last week about feathers being a gentle touch.
We’ve also started an ongoing project for the month we’re studying gentleness (and probably a while after that) – our gentleness quilt. The idea came to me when sorting out Monkey’s old clothes. I had some that were stained or ripped so not suitable for selling or giving to the charity shop. It seemed a shame to just throw them so I started thinking if I could use them for any kind of craft. I think a quilt is another good visual reminder of gentleness, just like the feathers, so I decided that’s what we’d make. Each time I see or hear Monkey being gentle she’ll earn a small square of fabric cut from those old clothes which I will then sew onto a blanket. So far Monkey’s doing much better than me – she’s earnt lots of squares, I’ve sewn none! I’m hoping to get started tonight.
Mummy Meditations is an achievable way of spending time with God whilst raising children. You can find out more by visiting Rachel Ridler’s blog.