Anyone who has ever read to a baby has quickly realized that if the text is not short and to the point, preferably with some sort of rhythm, the baby begins to squirm and look around for an escape. :) Or maybe this is just my baby. I also learned that reading the same book over and over gave her great joy--she loved the repetition and began to know what to expect with the pictures. Because of all the repetition, I began to memorize her favorite books (a very handy resource, by the way, when you can say several stories by memory in the car to distract the babe who does not want to be in her car seat anymore...)
I've talked about the importance of memorizing verses in God's Word, the Bible, before; it is life-giving and filled with truth. But here I was, filling my munchkin's head with sweet little rhymes that had nothing to do with the Lord. On one hand, there is nothing wrong with those sweet little rhymes but if that is all I give her on a day-to-day basis...hmmm. I bought a couple baby Bible storybooks and checked more out from the library but most of them were really boring. I hate to admit that because the Bible is far from boring, but she would get squirmy while I read, so...I decided to take some simple verses that were short and to the point and illustrate them. I began with, "In the morning, I will sing!" from Psalm 59:16 and drew a little girl with her arms flung out wide. (I found the more expressive the verse, the better. My daughter loves hand motions at this stage.)
The first time I read to her a couple of the verses I had drawn, she was so happy. And people, these are little more than stick figures (as illustrated above) but she liked them so I'm going with it. I love that we can read verses, and they mean something to her (the little girl in "children, obey your parents" is putting her toys away in the toy basket--something we get to do, albeit very slowly, every afternoon :)).
That is what God's Word is all about--truth for our daily lives. Truth that changes how we see the world and how we act. I love how these big and little bits of truth are being re-taught to me on a daily basis through interacting and loving my daughter.