O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Psalm 139:1-6 (ESV)
Did you just stumble across this blog and wonder, “What in the world?” If you did- well, you’re probably not alone. I could write a long post describing this blog… but the short answer is: we wrote a children’s book (7 years ago!) that we are trying to publish.
What does it take to place our ‘Porkie and Pete’ book into your hands? Well, a lot of work, learning, and perseverance. It’s been over a year since my mother told my uncle about these books. A year since he said, I can help with that. A year since he suggested my cousin illustrate the books for us.
We are not necessarily slow. Distracted, yes. Busy, always. But not slow. And we have been very meticulous. We rewrote, edited, and reworked the illustrations for this book- well, I’ve lost count how many times. Then we sent the book out to be reviewed. After receiving comments from our readers, we realized it needed to be edited yet again. AGAIN!?
Now, I’m not afraid of hard work. Well… at least, I don’t want to be afraid of hard work. And that wasn’t the case here. But when is enough, enough?
Well, I don’t know that there is a finite answer to that. I would say: When God says it is. But let’s be honest here, He doesn’t usually send post cards that say:
Dear Child of Mine, Good work. That is quite enough. You can be done with that now. Love, your Heavenly Father.
(Wouldn’t that be nice?)
So I finally sat down with the original script of the book, the seven-year-old notes I’d made, and the beautifully illustrated ‘final’ version that had just been reviewed by friends and acquaintances. Looking between all these papers, I seriously thought about beating my head against the wall.
Then I asked myself an important question, that I maybe should have asked myself… oh… eight years ago?
What is the purpose of this book? What are we trying to tell kids with this book?
And it didn’t come right away, but as I thought and prayed, it gradually came to me. This book is to tell kids that:
- God hears them
- God knows them
To be heard and known by God, the creator of all things, your rock, provider, Ancient of Days! What an awesome gift!
So that is how we ended up with this book. Or at least, that was the start of the final edits, and the final illustrations, and the blog posts, and the parent resource pages (Mother Moose Tidbits- don’t worry, they are coming). Because we want to put a tool into parents hands to help them tell their children that God knows them, and hears them.
Being heard and understood is a big deal in our family. Big. Deal. I know one member of the family (who will remain anonymous, but you know who you are!) who will talk a point to death. Just to make sure you absolutely 110% know exactly what they are thinking/feeling. My own son will cry if he is interrupted. He is afraid that if he does not say what he has to say right-this-second, he will forget the important things he wants to say. (Important things like “Why do shoes have to go on the right feet, but socks don’t?”) At six he feels the importance of being heard and understood.
We all do. (Well, hopefully you don’t cry when you’re interrupted- but you want to be heard and understood!)
My prayer for you today is that you are blessed with the knowledge that your Father in Heaven hears you. He hears the things in your heart, even those you cannot put into words. And He knows you. He knows who you were five years ago, who you will be next week, and ten years from now. He is a good Father. The best Father. And I ask that God would bless you to help children know they are heard and understood by you, and by their Heavenly Father. Amen!