Does the Early Bird Really Get the Worm?

One day this Spring, my husband and I came home from somewhere, and noticed a drama of sorts as we pulled into the driveway.  There was a robin pecking the ground, so we wanted to see if he was going to get a worm.  He did.  But wait–what’s this?  He had an observer in the form of a sparrow that was watching a little too close for the robin’s comfort.  We watched as the real-life nature story played out.

Later on, I recorded the story in the form of a poem, as I’ve done with both important and mundane stories for a number of years.  That was when’d I realized this would make a good children’s story.  Wouldn’t it be interesting for the mother bird to use this to talk to her little birdlets about God!  Yes, the Bible tells us that God even sees when a sparrow falls.

Some little birds said to their ma,

“Tell a story, will you, huh?”

She said, “Listen, all of you.

I’ll tell you one I know is true.”

I used simple illustrations and bright colors so children of all ages will like it.

Here’s a personal note.  At the end of this book, the mother bird tells her baby birds that God is in charge.  I was  having trouble designing the cover for the print version of this book, and because I kept forgetting to save things, had to keep redoing the book description.  At the same time, there was a worry I had just acquired.  That worry was keeping me awake, so I worked on that book cover in the wee hours.  All of a sudden all the pieces of the puzzle of the design process slipped into place, so I went back to bed.  There was that worry again.  I had prayed about it, but continued to hang onto it.  In no time at all, God said to my worried mind, “I’ve got this.  I’m in charge.”  I had repeatedly typed that sentence–God is in charge.  Finally it sunk into my thick head and I was able to sleep.

The Kindle edition is currently available on Amazon, and the print edition will be out soon.

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Volume 2 –Don’t Eat That! The Story of the First Sin

As you can guess, this is the second of my children’s Bible stories. Yes, children will read about how Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, they got kicked out of the Garden of Eden, and why we have weeds in our gardens. It starts out like this:

The world was new and beautiful

And God was very pleased.

He made a garden, and it grew

Over yonder, in the east.

As with the previous story, the pictures are colorful, and the text is easy for them to read.  It’s available on Amazon in print and digital formats.

Children’s Bible Stories

A few months ago I decided to write children’s Bible stories.  Children need to start learning about God from the start.  They’re never too young, so I decided to write with the young ones in mind.I had written a poem telling one of the Bible stories several years ago when a coworker needed help with the upcoming Sunday’s lesson.  She liked mine better than the one in the children’s book she bought.  So I thought there’s no reason I couldn’t write more of them, illustrate them, and publish them.

Rather than just pick one here and there, I developed a plan.  A series of books would be a good idea.  I call the series “The Beginning to the End”.    The first book is “The First Week Ever”, and is the creation story.  Here’s an excerpt:

        God decided to make the world–

That’s what He would do.

First He made a big round ball,

And made it real dark blue.

The colorful pictures appeal to all children, and it’s easy for the ones as young as second graders to read.  It’s available on Amazon.

Book of Poetry available on Amazon

LITTLE DROPS OF HAPPINESS

Little drops of happiness—

Like the drops of dew,

They are all around us.

Here are just a few:

Flowers from my children

Clenched in tiny hands.

Still they bring them to me,

Though tall as I they stand.

Flowers in the garden

Bob their many heads;

Colors there are several

In their flower beds.

Birds drink at the birdbath

In our big back yard;

Colorful and lively,

They keep up their guard.

Little drops of happiness

We see every day.

Bow your head and thank our God

For sending them our way.

My first book of poetry bears the name of this poem.  I’ve written poetry ever since a friend who was a coworker challenged me.  Goodness, was that really over twenty years ago?  We each wrote poetry daily, bringing each day’s poetic musings to work to share with each other for sure, and often with all the rest of the night shift staff at the nursing home.    Over time, I composed many poems about virtually every aspect of my life.   Nothing was too ordinary or mundane to be committed to verse.  Eventually I put what I felt to be the best ones together into this book.