The Wonderful Wisdom of Baby Chicks

Saturday, the Julie-I’m-Becoming had an idea. I wanted to be on the lookout for new ways to praise God. As I poured another cup of coffee, my 21-year-old son came inside from feeding the chickens. “Mom, I think I heard baby chicks.” Thomas’s announcement made me smile. After he grew up, he stopped saying things like, “Look, Mom, come here. You gotta see this!”

If Thomas was right, it would be the first chicks born in our coop.

He went back outside and sure enough–he heard them again. We let Mama and the babies get settled in on Saturday, but Sunday morning, I couldn’t wait any longer. We walked down the path through the woods.

Here she is, doing her job, keeping her chicks warm.

 Guess what happened when we tossed in some breakfast?

While Mama ate, her babies scurried along after her. Wherever she went, her chicks followed. They didn’t leave her. Not for a second.

These mixed BANTAM chicks were born knowing Mama is…

Their comforter.

Their protector.

Their provider.

They trust her. She’s everything to them.

They just look so grateful, don’t they?

After seeing God’s newborn creations right in my own backyard, I added three more entries to my GRATITUDE JOURNAL. 🙂

April 21, 2013

#1402. Thomas telling me the news.

# 1403. Two chicks born!

# 1404. The wonderful wisdom of baby chicks.

Lord, I pray “my soul follows hard after You” just like these baby chicks. Psalms 63.8

Have you discovered something new to praise Him for lately?

P.S. My word this year is “FOLLOW.”























  1. Oh to learn to live under the shelter of His wings! thanks Julie- your post painted follow close vividly to me- hugs sweet friend!

  2. Isn’t it amazing what we see when we are looking for the right things. Praying we are listening and looking to follow after what God desures for our new selves! Blessings as You follow Him.

    • I know, Tom! And every week, the thought crosses my mind, “Lord, you know I need a blog for Wednesday.” And He’s so faithful–like He could possibly forget. Thank you! Our new selves! Love it.

  3. What a beautiful hen, Julie! I hope she delivers many nutritious eggs & more adorable chicklets.

    And I love your gratitude item #1402 — big boys who don’t outgrow tender hearts!

    May your week be filled with following Him with joy. Psalm 63:7 (ESV) ~ For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.

    • Melody, I love how you said that–big boys who don’t outgrow tender hearts. So true! His tender heart is still there–he just rarely tells me his deep thoughts. But that’s okay. He’s got them. I’m sure of it.

      Love Ps 63:7. Amen!

  4. We have some of our neighbor’s sheep in our pasture. Three babies have now joined the flock. I have been praising Him that my daughters can experience this precious time of watching the lambs grow. They have had the privilege of watching baby chicks hatch, watch calves be born and now they can watch these lambs grow as they interact with each other and the rest of the herd. Praising God for the little things in life.

    • Eileen, there’s just something so beautiful about focusing on the “little” things He created. When really, everything He made is miraculous. Ohhh, baby lambs. I’m sure I have a lot to learn from precious little lambs.

      Thank you, my friend–for understanding and worshipping with me! xo

  5. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so cute…except maybe a puppy! Congratulations on the new babies!

  6. I love that, Julie. I love the gratitude journal, too. What a great idea. 🙂

    • Oh, yeah, Ane. The gratitude journal–AMAZING thing. I started one while reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. You wouldn’t believe how once you start writing down your praises, you see them everywhere. Being a writer, you’d love having one.


  7. Hi Julie,
    What adorable chicks! How sweet and what a reminder to stay under God’s wings for protection and follow Him. Love your gratitude journal. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hey, my friend Marilyn. Thanks so much for reading and “getting” my point. 🙂 My gratitude journal–so powerful. Life-changing for sure!

  8. And here I thought baby chicks were always yellow! Beautiful post, Julie. My son, who is 32, called me the other day and it made me smile because it, too, reminded me of when he was little. Isn’t it wonderful of God to still give us those mama moments when are kids are grown?

    PS–That is one gorgeous chicken.

    • Marie, I know just what you’re talking about. Our sons have no idea how deep it goes inside our hearts when they say these sweet things…and a mama never forgets those precious but fleeting days when they were younger. We just didn’t know how fast it would go, did we?


  9. marci says:

    Chicks can be so interesting. We have some here that are having peeps. If is fun watching them as they follow the lead of their mama. Never questioning they can do what she asks of them even if it is to fly up to a higher place. Lessons learned. Yes, you remind me there are some things here that I can add to my Blessing journal too.
    The chicks here are also differnt colors, and the Daddy is so colorful with all his feathers!
    The eggs can be very good too- so much better than going to the store for them.

    • Marci, SO TRUE. They don’t rebel against mama’s instructions. They just quickly obey–hmmmmmm. Another message to me. 🙂

      We also gather eggs too. Soooo wonderful–His provisions for us.

      Thanks so much for reading and writing! Blessings to you and yours.

  10. Your word is “follow” and my word is your last year’s word: “surrender.” I love my word. I love your word. I love what we do to make our individual journeys mesh and intersect. Thank you for a loving post. And for showing me the value in “follow.”

    • B.J. You always, always touch my heart. Surrender–I sure didn’t want to pick that word, but man, did it change my heart–and still changes it daily. I’m with you–how our friendship inspires and grows me up!

      Love you.

  11. Beautiful picture of the Father’s love for us and His desire for us to follow Him! Thanks for letting us see this first hand. 🙂

    • You’re so welcome, Vonda. I felt like a regular girl reporter! Nothing better to me than when He stirs my heart with the seemingly small things in life. Because, really, the are the big things.

  12. *SQUEEEEE* BABIES!!! I don’t have a word for the year. My husband’s is Shalom. He and God have been chewing on it all year.

  13. Flea, I love Shalom. So beautiful. Maybe your husband will share his word with you? 🙂

  14. Jan O says:

    I laughed in delight at the sight of your CUTE little chicks. So sweet!
    and now a question.
    How does one acquire a word for the year?
    Our church has never gotten back to our “star-gift” words — last one received was “delight” which I’m still enjoying, but you, and at least one other commenter, spoke of “my word” for the year, which sounds so special and personal, and rather foreign to me really. Explain please!

    • Hey, Jan. For the last few years, in December I prayed for a word to settle down in my heart. Last year, it seemed every where I went, I spotted the word Surrender–in the devotional books I read, in conversations with friends– and the concept of “letting go” just wouldn’t let go. So I surrendered to Surrender.

      With Follow, it seemed God was impressing on me to be willing to follow Him without arguing or coming up with excuses.

      Thanks so much for reading and responding!! XO

      • Jan Olson says:

        Finally found this response, to a question I’d forgotten I had asked. Thank you!

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