Monthly Archives: June 2008

The Greatest Blessing of All

This week we had a baby bird running around our backyard. Somehow it had fallen out of its nest under the eave and was unable to get back to it.

When I first saw the bird, I was heartbroken. It was walking around the yard trying to fly, but could never get more than a foot or two off the ground. How was it going to survive? I worried.

I sprinkled bread crumbs around the yard hoping it would eat some, and I even tried to hand feed it. But it would only run away, scared.

Then the most amazing thing happened.

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A Powerful Calm

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:14-15

A few weeks ago, as I was driving to the last MOPS meeting of the year, a simple rain shower evolved into a roaring thunderstorm. I am convinced that whoever coined the phrase “it’s raining buckets,” first uttered those words during a similar storm. It looked and felt as if someone was standing ten feet above me dumping ten gallon buckets of water on top of my mid-sized sedan.

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Skipping Class

Psalm 25:4 Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths.

When I was growing up we didn’t have a whole lot of money. I knew that in order to attend college, I would need a scholarship. Consequently, the last semester of my senior year when everyone else was having fun and goofing off, I was studying. I managed to finish as Valedictorian – which earned me a full scholarship.

Because I knew I had to maintain my grade point average in order to keep my scholarship, I rarely skipped class. I figured out how much each class cost, so I knew how much money I was wasting if I did skip.

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That Kind Of Dad

Some of us may have a great relationship with our dad, and because of this, Father’s Day last week was probably a happy day. But some of us may not have this kind of relationship at all, and maybe Father’s Day was difficult.

Yet, no matter how you get along with your dad, you’ll always have a solid relationship with God.

And what kind of Father is He?…

He loves you.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3

He wants the best for you.

“For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

He cares about what you’re going through.

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Blessing A Day

Today I went to check email as usual and found a very pleasant surprise waiting for me. An aquaintance had sent me a little note saying that she was thinking of and praying for me. Her email also contained the verses found in Colossians 1:9-12.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

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The Devil and My Dachshund

Weighing 18 pounds and with legs measuring just shy of four inches, C, my sweet-natured Standard Dachshund, seldom worries those passing us as we trot throughout the neighborhood. She has however, frightened a slew of delivery personnel. I cannot say that I blame them. After all, X-ray vision goggles are not handed out with those snazzy brown uniforms so they cannot possibly know that the ferocious barking beast on the other side of the door would immediately roll on her back the moment they entered. Her only enemies being squirrels and cats, C is harmless to humans. She’s not to be feared.

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Pulling Weeds

This week I went for a bushwalk with a very special friend of mine. It was about an hour of strolling in our gumboots over 40 acres looking at the scenery, checking the water levels, catching glimpses of wildlife, removing fallen branches from the horse trails and … pulling weeds. In the middle of the bush.

I didn’t realise this was a necessary part of living in the bush, but apparently the best way to keep the land healthy and free from being overgrown, is to keep on top of the weeds as they sprout up.

My bushwalking friend had a keen eye for plants and knew that those pretty little flowers would grow up and end up killing all the native vegetation that we were currently enjoying, making it uninhabitable.

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Protecting Your Heart from the Enemy

Like most writers, I am a lover of words and phrases. Thesaurus.Com is my number one writing buddy. A breeze of giddiness embosoms me whenever I search for the origins of common sayings such as, “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

Despite my desire to master the English language, I still confuse some words now and again. For example, I often look up affect vs. effect. Stationary and stationery puzzle me at times, as do complement and compliment. Most recently, the word righteousness invoked many sighs as I dug deeper into studying “The Armor of God”, referenced in the book of Ephesians.

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