I love my morning quiet time. I will admit it doesn’t happen every day. But I LOVE my morning quiet time. If I can drag myself out of bed before the Littles wake up, I grab a cup of coffee (yeah, tea is not a first-thing-in-the-morning kind of drink) and enjoy sitting on my bed in the quiet, sipping and reading. Lately I’ve been reading through the Psalms. I love the Psalms. It’s like reading poetry and I love poetry. I find it’s easy to meditate on them because I have so many of them memorized. It’s also easy to pick a verse to think on throughout the day.
This weekend was one of those whirl-wind types, where plans come up unexpectedly and you just feel like you don’t have time to breathe because so much is going on. I had “planned” on a quiet weekend at home with just Little Miss but, the Lord had other plans. I’m not sure what His purposes were but it was still an enjoyable weekend (with lots of sun and family) for the most part.
Reading Psalms is a great way to quiet your soul when things just seem to get busy in the physical realm. The world can be spinning around you but if your soul is at rest it won’t matter. While some days I do miss my quiet time, my goal is to have just even a few minutes of “quiet” time where I can let my soul rest.
I’ve been learning the value of having children be “at rest” for a period of time each day. Little Man is so busy, all.the.time. He has recently been talking a mile a minute and there are times when I just have to say, “Okay, it’s a no-talking time. Let’s get books and just be quiet for a few minutes.” And he can! Just 5 minutes of down-time does a lot to make our days go smoother. And his quiet book is one of his favorite things to play with (I need to make him some different ones, he’s wearing his church one out!) It’s definitely a good thing to let children have some quiet time when their souls can be at rest as well.
I love creating quiet books and my most recent one is no different. I don’t like making the same thing over and over again, and I’ll admit I’m getting bored of making animals. They’re small and take a lot of work to put together (although they are adorable when they’re done, hehe). But between Noah’s ark (I’m not sure how many of those I’ve made now) and Creation…it’s a lot of animals!
This quiet book is a “mini-book”. It measures about 8 inches high and 5 inches wide (at the widest point). Like all my recent ones, it is completely hand sewn. No glue, no sewing machine. And it took a super stupendous amount of time to make. I still have a couple animals to sew together to finish it off, but I wanted to share it as a sort of, sneak peek. It will also be for sale in my Etsy store when completed (at some point this week. I’ll put a notice on my facebook page when it is up).
This book is about Opposites in Creation.
Day 1 – Light and Dark
Day 2 – Above and Below
Day 3 – Grass, Flowers, and Trees
Day 4 – Sun, Moon, and Stars
Day 5 – Sea and Air Creatures
Day 6 – Man and Animals
Here are some pictures just to peak your interest with the almost-finished product.
You can see that when I took the picture of Day 6 the book is bound. I do have a couple things to still sew on (oopsies) so it will be interesting to work around the pages already sewn together, haha. I am so happy with how it turned out, though. It was harder to fit things the way I wanted with the pages being smaller, but I like that it’s a little more compact for carrying places. Just something small that can be stuffed in a small diaper bag, etc. Adam and Eve are finger puppets…Little Man loves finger puppets. I think I need to get a little more creative with those in the future, but they’re getting there. I haven’t decided on the other animals I want yet…maybe a rabbit for one. And the brown part on the first page is a pocket that the animals and finger puppets can be stored in. I like zipper pockets but this book didn’t really allow for that. So, you’ll have to wait and see what animals I come up with to finish Day 6 off.
Is there a Bible story (set of lessons) you would love to see in quiet book form? I’ve got some great ideas already but always love more input.
What are you reading for your daily quiet time? I love hearing what others are reading and learning in their time with the Lord.