Made Things

"Let’s Go Outside!"–a Playdate with God

I’m recuping from a terrible cold and sinus infection, drowsing through the days with a head full of stuffed cotton.  Yesterday I started feeling myself again–Today? Well, I’m almost back to normal.

Hallelujah!  I can go play outside.

And it’s a beautiful day to play.  My friend Laura Boggess coined the phrase ‘Playdates with God’ on her blog over 3 years ago. Once a week she intentionally takes time to see God in the middle of the ordinary and the extraordinary, whether it’s a noon time concert or a walk in the woods, a free day at the Art Museum or playing with watercolors.

Something to take her away from the lists and the never-ending to do’s of our grown up American life.
She wants you to come along too, so she took her beautiful words and ideas and put them in a book, coming out this week.  And not a moment too soon.

‘Playdates with God’  is a treatise on how to return to (or discover) our love affair with our Creator. An encouragement to take the time and make the time to be with the one we love.

“These moments when I attend to God are the moments 
that color returns back into my life and my breath is deep and sure.”

And who doesn’t want some color in their lives?  

Speaking of color, one object of her affection is God’s winged creations–the birds.
I’m also a little nuts about birds and relished the chance today to get outside on the deck and just sit and watch them.

Their antics made me laugh and their flight and landings were astonishing to behold.  A chickadee can cling sideways to a roofline, did you know that?
Have you ever heard the ‘whoosh’ of a band-tailed pigeon’s wings as she takes off from her perch?

Only God can do that.  I want to get better at taking time to notice, to thank Him for it, to slow myself down long enough to remember. Remember who He is, the joy of His love and the wonder of beauty He’s made in this world.

 The Chickadees

I’m giving away a FREE COPY of Laura’s book next week!
If you’d like to be eligible, leave a comment either on Facebook (I’ll link this post there)
or here on the blog.  My adorable 2 year old grand niece Penelope and I will put all the names entered into a hat and pick a lucky winner.  It could be you!
~~Linking with the Soli Deo Gloria sisters~~

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  • Lisa Smith

    I am going to seek a playdate with God this week too. I will never forget the first time I saw a hummingbird…a playdate that fell in my lap.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • kelrohlf

    Glad you're on the mend…I have been down with the crud, too! But bouncing back and had a nice playdate with GOD and ART today in my gazebo…I would love to check out Laura's book…

  • Jody Lee Collins

    Yes, your question, “Have you been sick this year?” Well,now I have. Feeling much better. Thanks,friend.

  • Jody Lee Collins

    Lisa, re-entry does take some time, doesn't it? Give yourself lots of grace and let the Holy Spirit soak in the words and the work that He did.

    Thanks for reading friend–stay tuned on the giveaway!

  • Lisa notes...

    Love your pictures of the birds. I watched some just today. I'm slowly inching back into life here after Guatemala. I want to have more play dates with God than ever. Thanks for the encouragement to do it. And Laura's book! How awesome is that. She always inspires me. Glad you're feeling almost back to normal!

  • Amelia Rhodes

    This sounds like a fabulous book, and a great idea. I love it! (stopping by from SDG sisterhood today!)

  • Jody Lee Collins

    Elizabeth, you are so right–Jumping Tandem will be a blessing all around. Thanks for reading—maybe you'll win?? (we'll have to see what Ms. Pea picks).

  • Jody Lee Collins

    We live in the best place for bird watching, yes? Stay tuned–you could be the lucky winner!

  • Jody Lee Collins

    Watching birds is up-lifiting. It just makes me smile………can't wait to give away your book. You are a blessing. 🙂

  • Laura Boggess

    Don't the birds just lift? Just something about watching those feathered friends that carries me away from all the worries of the world. This is a lovely post, Jody. I'm so glad Playdates with God spoke to you this way. This is my hope for the book, and my prayer, that it will open eyes to see God everywhere–and especially in the things we overlook every day.

  • Gayle

    I am a bird lover as well and feed the birds. I would love to win the book!

  • elizabeth

    So sorry to hear you've been sick. I'm so glad you're feeling better! I'd love to have and read Laura's book. I'm excited to get to hear her at Jumping Tandem in May!

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