The Guinea Fowl Child and her Baby

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My girl is a real Guinea Fowl child – if you watch her for 30 minutes you will see that she is fond of running around in excitement and all of a sudden making a change of direction going off after something different – just like a flock of Guinea Fowls. At 22 months she has the insatiable curiosity of a toddler and seems to live everyday with wonder and awe at how amazing the world we live in is.

We have a little vegetable garden – actually it is a shoe display shelf on its back and filled with soil – we grow tomatoes, peppers and spinach. Jenny regularly will announce we have to go check on the ‘matoes. But her biggest wonder in the garden is her ‘Babies’ aka the peppers. Often she will run off shouting Babies and you will find her crouched down eye to eye with her Babies cooing ‘ohh’ and ‘wow’. She takes great delight in her Babies and their growth – each day brings new wonders. Today she has taken to sniffing each one too!

I find that life is very busy in this season – working fulltime, looking after a Guinea Fowl toddler, trying to keep house…. It is easy to feel worn out and sometime frankly fed up with the third time you have swept the floor in 30 minutes. But my Guinea Fowl girl reminds me to stop and sniff a pepper.

Psalm 19: 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, 5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.

Lord, in the business of life help me to remember to stop and stand in awe, of your creation, of your forgiveness, of your grace, of your beauty. 

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