Hearts Full of Love and Smiles to Share

God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them.
Genesis 1:27

I am curious – do you have a best friend? Or two or three?
Best friends can come in interesting packages-
male, female, young, old, dog, cat, hamster, rat, bunny, snake, favorite lovie.
No matter how they come – they are gifts to be thankful for!

One of my bestest friends in the world always gives me the gift of laughter.  No matter how sad or mad or glad I am – he can always find a way to give me the giggles.  Sometimes it is with a joke, sometimes a simple smile, and sometimes a silly action but always-always-always with a heart full of love and always, always, always the laughter comes!  Yes, best friends are really good gifts.

I imagine that when God created people, God just knew they could be amazing-bestest friends.  I think God created people to be best friends with Him and one another.
Why else would God have created people with hearts full of love and smiles to share?

God knew that we could be gifts to one another. God knows that every time people share a smile with one another, what they are really doing is sharing His love!

And now that I think about it, all of my friendships have started with a smile.  And all of my friendships have given me a chance to know God’s love more.  I am thankful for all of my friends. I am thankful most epecially for my bestest friend God.  God always fills my heart with love and whenever I feel God’s love, the simple smile comes and always- always-always the laughter comes too.

I am curious how did you meet your best friend? With a smile?
Which friend makes you laugh? Which friend fills your heart with love?

Adam Makes New Friends Part 3

Adam said to himself, I don’t care how long this takes.
I want really good friends for goodness sakes!

I can play and laugh and take my time.
I want to enjoy these new friends of mine.

Adam named the Peacock who loved to strut his stuff.

And then the sleepy ole’ panda who wasn’t so tough.

He named the elephant

and then the raccoon

He even named the naughty baboon. 

One by one the Animals came, stayed, and played.
And that wonderful day new friends were made. 

Amen.

 

Adam Makes New Friends Part 2

As Adam caught sight of all of the critters.
He had to sit down he was getting the jitters.

Adam sighed and sat down on the nearest big log

Luckily he discovered this green singing frog.

As the frog hopped away, Adam continued to groan.
I’ll never be done he grumped and he moaned. 

I need to speed this up with a flurry of beasts.

Like this herd of sheep with their soft wooly fleece. 

Look a litter of cats – a mom and her kittens.    

They purred at Adam and he was quite smitten.

As he played with the cats his heart had a change.
It felt warm and fuzzy and really quite strange.

 

Adam Makes New Friends – Part 1

Before you read this story I have to say – don’t blog when you have a fever you will hate what you wrote!  So… here is the real story of Adam making new friends shared with you over the next three days.  When you think about it, it is a challenge for all of us to to take the time to look around and make new friends.  Share this story with a child.  Cuddle up, laugh at the silly pictures, and thank God for slowing down and being together.  You never know, you both just might learn how to make new friends.

The Lord God said, “It’s not good that the human is alone. I will make him a helper that is perfect for him.” So the Lord God formed from the fertile land all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky and brought them to the human to see what he would name them. The human gave each living being its name. The human named all the livestock, all the birds in the sky, and all the wild animals. Genesis 2:18-20 

Everybody loves new friends, right?!? But what do you do when you are meeting for the first time? Do you meet in groups? Alone? Do you rush or take your time? Come and follow Adam for a few days and see how He does it…

God blessed Adam with new animal friends.
God asked him to name them
but
where to begin?

Where do I start wondered Adam out loud.
God suggested he start looking up to the clouds.

“Look Adam,” God said, “there are birds in the air
or…
you can start with the animals with soft furry hair.”

God looked at the Rabbit and nicknamed it bunny.

Adam laughed and thought that was funny. 

Adam rubbed his head and smacked his wide brow.
He then turned to God and said, “I get it now! 

I’ll look at the animals and examine their features
and all through the day I’ll name all your creatures.” 

Adam looked around and wondered again
where oh where
oh where to begin?

I’ll name this guy penguin with his cute little feet.

He looks pretty chill and really quite sweet.

 The Mouse is so tiny

The giraffe very tall. 

How in the world can I name them all???

Stay tuned for Adam part 2

Holy…

On the 7th day of creation, God took a step back and looked over at all that he had made.  He gazed upon the light and the dark, the heaven and the earth, the sun and the moon and softly sighed a long, airy sigh of contentment.  Then God noticed the sea creatures and the birds, and all of the land critters.  God chuckled to himself and smiled at the sight of animals free to explore the beauty of the lands around them.    God noticed that His human creatures were smiling too.  As God came near, the sound of laughter filled the air and God’s heart overflowed with love and joy.

All of this work of creation was so very good that God decided there needed to be a special day to give thanks.  So God, being God, and not at all afraid of being still (after all that is when we hear and see the most) decided to rest and take in all the glory of creation.

On the 7th day, God rested from all His work and decided to make this day special.  God blessed this day and made it Holy.

God blessed the 7th day and made it Holy…

It is on this day we go to our places of worship and we dream of God.  We remember all that God has given us and we give thanks.  This is the day where we lift our voices in laughter, sing praises, and offer prayers to God so we can continue filling God’s heart with love and joy.

I don’t know about you, but whenever I offer my prayers and praises to God my own heart gets filled with love and joy!  Deep within me I know this feeling is a blessing from God; a blessing that reminds me to give thanks for all of the critters, people, and light in my life.  Whenever my heart begins to feel this, I whisper “Thank you God, your world is so very good.”

And God whispers right back “You’re welcome – I think so too.”  And in that moment, I can feel God’s heart and my heart connected – resting together, giving thanks, and rejoicing in creation.  Not at all a bad way to spend the 7th day!

Crazy Good!

On the 6th day of creation, God looked out into the world and was quite pleased.  The earth was brimming with the beauty of luscious forests, cool blue rivers, and playful sea and sky animals.  But God knew there was more work to be done – something was missing.  So God, being God, and not afraid to work hard (especially when the work is so much fun) continued to create.

God created humanity in God’s own image

So God worked and worked and created all kinds of critters!  There were elegant giraffes, silly monkeys, and camels that spit!  There were wild critters, creepy critters, and the companion critters who like to sleep by your side – the snoozy cats, furry dogs, and fuzzy rabbits.

God looked around and admired all of the animals.  But God knew, as great as the animals were, he wanted something different.  Not just a critter but a creature – a being – that was more like Him.

Let’s make a being that can take care of the earth, something – someone –who is loving and kind, open and joyous, thoughtful and intelligent.  So God created man and woman.  God blessed them and told them to take care of the world, take care of all the critters, and take care of one another.

As God looked around at all that had been created, God caught a glimpse of the man and woman open up their arms to one another and hug.  In that moment, God’s heart filled with joy, and God smiled upon creation and knew that the world was beyond Good. It was crazy good. Incredibly Good.  Amazingly Good.
Absolutely, positively Good-Good-Good!!!

Praise!

On the 4th day of creation, the earth continued to dance with joy – giving thanks for all of God’s handiwork.  The sky looked on, still shining dutifully, but wishing it could join in the fun.    And God, being God, and not afraid of being thoughtful (after all God is totally loving) noticed the sky’s longing to dance with thankfulness.  So God said, “Let there be lights in the sky to celebrate the seasons, days and years. “

Let there be lights in the sky…

First came the sun in all its glory sending rays across the land and water.  The sun warmed up the earth and made the sea sparkle.  The earth and sun danced together all day long – rejoicing in an almighty God who had brought them together at last.

And when the day was done the Moon and stars glistened in the sky.  They knew that nighttime was for resting and sleeping.  The moon and stars gently twirled and twinkled their lights above the earth, lulling it into peaceful gratitude and sweet slumber.

On that bright and shiny fourth day of creation, God knew that it was good.  I imagine God felt the goodness of it all too.  The moon and stars, sun and earth, were all praising God in their own special way.   The trees branched out, the flowers bloomed, the grass waved and rejoiced in God’s goodness.  The Sun, moon and stars brightened the heavens, reminding the world to praise the God of light and love.

How do you praise God?  Do you dance with joyous warmth? Do you sing? Take walks?

Friendship!

On the second day, God continued to create, and it was hard to tell where the water began and where it ended.  The blueness of it all got tangled up in each other!   And God, being God, and not afraid to organize (especially unruly chaos) created beautiful space where clouds could form and the eternal blueness could stretch out.  God called this space “sky” and it was heavenly!

“God called the dome Sky.”

Finally the water and the sky could work and play together.  The water offered up tiny droplets to the sky.  The Sky was so filled with thankfulness that it exploded with joy and filled the space with big beautiful clouds.  And before you knew it, the clouds in the sky expanded with joy and thankfulness also, and burst forth little thankful drops of rain.  The rain from the clouds flittered and danced in the sky, and rested upon the water, reminding them of their special friendship.

God watched and smiled at the harmony.   On that second day of God’s creating, friendships were forming and the world was taking shape, just the way it needed to be.  I am reminded of the world being formed whenever I look at the clouds above.  What do you see when you look up?  Do you see clouds and the blue sky?  Do you imagine animals and flowers in the clouds?  Do you look beyond the clouds and imagine God up in the heavens smiling down on you – so thankful for your friendship?

You can tell me what you think in the comment form below and as always you can share your thoughts with God…

Oh – and we’re still in Genesis Chapter 1 and beginning to wonder about Day 3…

Goodness!

In the beginning, when God began to create, the heavens and all of the earth were filled with darkness and a bit of mystery. And God, being God, and not afraid of anything (not even the darkness) decided to sweep across this nothingness and fill the world with light and life. God spoke and said, “Let there be Light” and there was!

And God said, “Let there be Light”

 

God called the darkness Night and the light he called Day. God saw that the light was good. The light was so good in fact, it tried to get the darkness to come and be a part of it. It stretched out it’s shiny brightness and invited the dark to come and play. Can you imagine? Silly Light, trying to embrace the dark and give it a hug!

Well, I think God was pretty happy on that first day. I think God’s Spirit was excited about all the goodness and lightness yet to come. I imagine that God’s Spirit wanted to spring into the heavens like a burst of confetti!!!

What do you imagine about the first day of creation? Does your lightness want to hug the dark too? Or does it fill the space up with so much brightness that there is just a speck of dark? You can tell me what you think if you want or even better you can share your thoughts with God…

Oh and you can find this part of God’s story in Genesis Chapter 1. Wonder what day two will bring…