There’s a favorite little person hangout in our home. It’s a raised brick corner that displays our Christmas tree in December. When it came time to undecorate this year, many tears were shed about the tree having to go. We promised a surprise in place of the tree and the Book Nook happened. There are mismatched pillows, a quilt my grandmother sewed, cheerful puppet friends, and baskets of books. A string of lights outlines the perimeter of the Nook. On a daily basis one, two, three or four children can be found snuggling there, lights on, books piled on laps.
Our little ones are too young to read words (although the oldest is on the cusp). Their reading consists of studying minute details of every illustration on every page, discussing the details and retelling the story as it was read to them. They will study the same books over and over and over again until the pictures and basic plot are memorized. They beg to have the stories read again so they can remember more of the details on their own.
And the stories, as well as the characters occupying them, are interwoven in daily conversation and play. Their avid imaginations latch on to the plots and expand upon them, reflect upon them, learn from them and grow. It doesn’t matter if the book is history, science, math, or fiction. As long as it is a book with detailed illustrations it is absorbed.
Yesterday a friend sent me a Polo message and in it she read Psalm 147 aloud to me. This Psalm was filled with descriptions of God and as I listened my heart soared in praise. I realized that my trials and worries are small in light of the nature of God. And as I reflected on the writing of this blog I recognized my need to absorb more details about Jesus. The more I learn about Him the more I will know Him and long to worship Him. He will be interwoven into my day and shape my perception of life. What I pour into my mind shapes my thoughts, attitudes and interactions; just as I’m intentional about cultivating my children’s habits and attitudes, I need to do the same with my own.
How much time do you spend reading each day? What do you like to read?