He Cares for the Little Birds… He Cares for You
I’ve loved little birds and nests ever since one particular day as a preschooler, my mom handed me a little bird nest with five miniature blue eggs made of clay. I was totally captivated and in awe of it, and reverently held that nest in my hands all the way home.
Last year my correspondence with my kids was sprinkled with bird theme ideas, and it started a sweet dialogue with my kids. I especially wanted to encourage them in being observant in their own surroundings, to appreciate God’s creation, and to learn to narrate to me what they had observed. I’ve been enjoying their sweet responses and drawings, and have been intrigued by the unusual varieties of birds that they get to see… rositas, monjitas, toches, azulejos, turcas, macaws, black doves, turrugullas, and rose birds for starters!
It was an amazing experience to actually visit Daniela’s Honduran home and see the surroundings that she wrote about in her letters. Here she and her cousins ran ahead as we arrived at her house after the incredibly hot walk up the hill. Now I know what the scene looks like where she goes up the hill from her home to see lots of different birds and where the weather is “fresh”…
Big Thoughts for Little People
The key to the bird theme is sharing with your child how valuable they are, and that God sees them and will take care of them.
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
Tell your child what a treasure they are to God… that just as one single bird doesn’t fall to the ground without His knowledge or permission, so each one of them are seen by God. He knows them, and cares for them and their needs.
You can write a single letter using just one of these bird theme ideas, or you might want to choose to follow this theme throughout the year as you encourage your children in being observant, and welcome their descriptions of what they have seen and heard. Of course this won’t be the only thing you write about, but it is sometimes helpful to have a theme to follow while you are waiting to receive a letter back.
Bird Scavenger Hunt
Introduce the bird theme by using the Bird Scavenger Hunt stationary which includes the first key verse from Matthew 6:26, as well as a fun bird scavenger hunt. and to help encourage your child in recording his bird watching observations, include this Bird Watching Journal.