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0787969680
Hardcover
208 pages
Mar 2004
Jossey-Bass

Kids Say the Best Things About Life: Devotions and Conversations for Families on the Go

by Dandi Daley Mackall

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Excerpt:

Day 1

I wonder why toenails keep
growing, but toes stop.
—Katy, 7

 I’M WONDER-FULL!

Wonder is everywhere! You don’t have to look any farther than your own body. Take toenails, for example. You can lose one, and it grows back. Toenails keep growing. Just ask the woman in California, mother of twelve, grandmother of twenty-one. Her toenails were measured for a combined length of seven feet, two inches. And fingernails? A Salt Lake City woman was awarded the title for the longest fingernails when hers measured in at a total of eightyseven feet.

Did you know that kids’ fingernails grow about two inches a year, but adults’ fingernails slow down, growing an average of one and one-quarter inches a year? Fingernails on the right hand grow faster if you’re right-handed, but your lefty fingernails grow faster if you’re a lefty. Middle fingernails grow faster than the rest. So we cut, cut, cut. That’s why hair and nail salons throw out an average of over forty-five pounds of fingernail clippings each year.

What God Says

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. —Psalm 139:13–14

The Big Idea

God knew you long before you knew you, before your parents knew you. God created you from the inside out, starting with your “inmost being.” David, the psalmist, paints the picture of God knitting you while you were still in your mother’s womb. Have you ever watched anyone knit? True, it’s not the most exciting spectator sport. But there’s still an enchantment in seeing nothing but a wad of yarn skillfully knotted and twisted, stitch by stitch, until the parts come together to make a sweater or a scarf. God took that kind of care creating each one of us.

Chances are, not everyone in your family will end up winning a beauty contest. Other people may not tell you how wonderful you are. But the psalmist makes an airtight case that we are all wonderfully made. David reasons, “Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Everything God creates is remarkable. We’re all his works, “fearfully and wonderfully made.”

So that makes each one of us wonder-full!

Taking God with Us

Today, while you’re doing all the busy things you normally do—work, school, errands— keep in mind that God has created you wonderfully. Throughout the day,

    1. Whenever you think of God or of the way you’re made, whisper thanks to God for making you so cool!

    2. Pay attention to yourself, your body. Be amazed by the things you can do—run, climb stairs, learn, memorize,do two things at once.

    3. Bring home two specific examples of wonderful things you were able to do today because of your wonderful body.

    4. Notice something about yourself that you’ve never paid much attention to before.

Parting Prayer

God, thank you for creating us with such care, such love. We know your works are wonderful, and we are wonderfully made. Help us appreciate the intricate ways you’ve knit our parts together. Thanks for giving us the ability to think, to imagine, to pray, and to praise. Wake us up today to see you still at work in our lives.

Reporting on God the Creator

Give each family member an opportunity to report on God’s activity today. One person might record all the responses. Or anyone who wishes could make a note or draw a picture of God’s wonderful creations—your family.

    1. Did anyone remember to whisper thanks to God for making you so cool? Where were you at the time?

    2. How did you amaze yourself today?

    3. Name two specific things—wonderful things—you were able to do today because of your wonderful body.

    4. Did you notice one new thing about yourself?

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. —Psalm 139:14