Look at the birds of the air; They do not sow or reap or store way in barns; And yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26

birds-2This last spring we had a bird’s nest in the tree next to our house and right outside my home office window.  It was pure joy to watch the mama and daddy cardinal sitting on the eggs, watching over the nest and then feeding the little baby birds.  And now we have four sets of cardinal pairs instead of two.

One of the joys of my life these days is seeing all the birds around the house.  They serve as a constant reminder of the Father’s love for me.  I am stand (well, usually sit – these days) at the glory of the Father’s creativity.  On any one day, we see at least 10-15 different varieties of birds.

On those days, when I am not feeling particularly valuable.  The Father speaks in soft and loving tone “You are valuable to me” through those birds.

Today I am grateful for:

    Reconnecting with old friends
    Bright sunshine on a crisp cold day
    Small successes
    Wood burning stoves that  not only heat the house but great to watch and listen to the wood crackle and pop
    My body even when it feels like it is betraying me
    The Provision of Abba Father

What are you grateful for?

This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm

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Today I am thankful for:

  • puppies who snuggle in my lap on cold days
  • a supportive husband
  • peach yogurt
  • my continuing weight loss
  • Jesus who chose me to die for, who continues to choose me to love no matter what (Jesus who choses you to die for, who continues to choose you to love no matter what)

What are you glad about today?

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;they shall mount up with the wings as eagles; and they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint Isaiah 40:31


But they that wait……

Waiting can be a very hard thing to do.  Especially in our Western be independent, doing, busy society.

And yet the promise say if we wait upon the Lord shall…

…………. renew their strength

…………….. mount up with the wings as eagles;

………………….. run and not be weary

…………………………..walk and not faint

The thing that strikes me today about this verse:

I have alway heard the focus on this verse as on the mount up with wings as eagles.  I wait on the Lord, my strength will be renewed and I will be able to fly above my problems.

And that is not entire verse – I see today it is more like:

I wait on the Lord, my strength will be renewed

And Lord may hold my hand and then where  I will be able to fly above my problems.

OR

And Lord may hold my hand where I run through the problem and not get tired (not want to just give up or quit)

OR

And Lord may hold my hand while I walk through the problem and with his strength I can keep on keeping on.

And maybe  the important  thing to Abba Father is that you and I are learning as we wait and hold His hand, He will get us through.

Today I am grateful for: small successes, the beautiful day on a Tennessee hillside, seeing my two while puppies run up and down the hill, seeing a chickadee feeding in the birdhouse this morning, my daughter’s  hearty laughter.

What are you grateful for today?

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. Psalm 42: 7

bible verse art1Since a child, I have loved and been fascinated by waterfalls – Big ones, small one, even frozen ones.    I love to listen to them or just sit and watch. They are at the same time both beautiful and powerful – must like my Abba Father.

So what is the deep that calls to deep in the roar of my Father’s waterfall? The whole verse is: Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.

There are times in life when we feel the wave and breakers are breaking over us nonstop.  We feel like we might not make – like we might drown.

In that time, the deepest part of my soul calls out

But more importantly, my Abba Father calls out to me and speaks to the deepest part of my soul of His love and care for me.  He will never leave me or forsake.

Burst onto song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees Isaiah 44:23

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Once I heard a pastor one time ask a group of children “How does a tree give glory to God?  How does an elephant give glory?” His answer has had a profound effect on my outlook especially on days like today when I am physically feeling really awful. His answer was “Just by being a tree.  Just by being an elephant.” Gloriously colored trees in the fall of year always remind me of this.  A hillside filled with trees giving glory to God just by being.   Just by being what we are created to be, we give glory to the One who created us.  Now on some days that makes for a busy day and on other days,  like today, I can rest in knowing I give glory to God by being what He created me to be.   The beauty of a foggy mist among the trees on the hill this morning
Today even though I feel awful and I choose to be thankful for:
  • Abba Father who watches over me, forgives me and loves me right where I am
  • His provision and healing touch
  • Puppies who sleep in my lap and beg for my chicken
  • Old movies that I can enjoy with my daughter

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land – a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills. Deuteronomy 8:7

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Our paster, Brian Wade, from Belmont Church in Nashville, TN has discussed over the recent weeks about knowing that God is there for us on mountain tops and in the valleys of life. It is easy to know the God is there on the mountain tops

  • when our relationships are in order,
  • when our jobs and finances are going well,
  • when we feel His presence,
  • in short, when everything feels good.

When the opposite things are true:

  • when relationships are in disarray,
  • We have lost of job or are worried about our jobs, finances or the economy,
  • when nothing seems to be going the way we expected or to be honest, just plain want,
  • and we may not feel his presence.

Today, I read this verse something jumped out at me. Abba Father is bringing me and you into a good land. That is the promise. This has streams, springs and pools of water. But what else does that “good land” also have. This land has mountain and valley. Both the mountain tops experiences and the valley where we have Jesus – our Living Water – make up the “good land

Abba Father, today I give thanks for:

  • The Living Word in my life as I live in the good land that you have provided and are bringing me into
  • Laughter
  • Christmas songs
  • Honest relationship
  • Progress even in the small steps