Buzzards, Bats and Bumblebees


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If you put a buzzard in a pen six or eight feet square and entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of his ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.  The reason is that a buzzard always flight from the ground with a run of ten or twelve feet.  Without space to run, as is his habit, he will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable, nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place.  If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air.  Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies unless it is taken out.  It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom.  It will seek a way where none exists until it completely destroys itself.

In many ways, there are lots of people like the buzzard, the bat and the bee.  They are struggling about with all their problems and frustrations, not realizing that if they look up, they’ll find the answer.

God is patiently waiting for us all to look up to Him.

-Author Unknown

Psalm 121:1-2

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

 

Blessings on your day.

 

Scripture: www.biblegateway.com

Image: google images

 

Nails in the Fence


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My dear blog friend Shelly, at Deeply Rooted in Him, just posted a blog about anger. It reminds me of this little story.

  

Nails in the Fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”

The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said “I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you.”

“Of course I can,” said the father.

Author Unknown.

James 1:19-20

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Scripture: www.biblegateway.com

Image: google images

My Bucket List


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What have you checked off your bucket list? College? Travel? Children? Buy a house?

I’ve been making my bucket list as I go. I was fortunate enough to live in Japan while I was in the Navy, and my reserve duty took me to many other foreign duty stations, so I was able to cross a lot of travel destinations off my bucket list while I was still in my twenties.

Then my list changed. I wanted a home and family. God blessed me with a godly husband and two fine children. He also blessed me with a wonderful career. There go the thirties and forties.

But now, I’m about to cross off something that has only been on my bucket list for a few years, writing and publishing a book. I just sent corrections off to the publisher last week, and am now fine tuning the cover. We are about 6 weeks from publication. The dream is now happening.

Follow the Light has been a two-year project. I was able to accomplish it because it was also on God’s list for me. God was my constant companion through every single word.

What’s on your bucket list? Consider working toward that goal. With God as your coach, you can do it. You are still the person God created you to be. Even if you are fifty. 

Isaiah 30:21

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

 Isaiah 58:11

The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 Blessings on your day.

Scripture is from http://www.biblegateway.com

A Tragedy Or a Blessing?


Years ago in Scotland, the Clark family had a dream. Clark and his wife worked and saved, making plans for their nine children and themselves to travel to the United States. It had taken years, but they had finally saved enough money and had gotten passports and reservations for the whole family on a new liner to the United States.

The entire family was filled with anticipation and excitement about their new life. However, seven days before their departure, the youngest son was bitten by a dog. The doctor sewed up the boy but hung a yellow sheet on the Clarks’ front door. Because of the possibility of rabies, they were being quarantined for fourteen days.

The family’s dreams were dashed. They would not be able to make the trip to America as they had planned. The father, filled with disappointment and anger, stomped to the dock to watch the ship leave – without the Clark family. The father shed tears of disappointment and cursed both his son and God for their misfortune.

Five days later, the tragic news spread throughout Scotland – the mighty Titanic had sunk. The unsinkable ship had sunk, taking hundreds of lives with it. The Clark family was to have been on that ship, but because the son had been bitten by a dog, they were left behind in Scotland.

When Mr. Clark heard the news, he hugged his son and thanked him for saving the family. He thanked God for saving their lives and turning what he had felt was a tragedy into a blessing.

Now I don’t know if this story is true or not, but it makes me aware of God’s providence. He is involved in all the details of all of our lives. Perhaps a setback is just what we need. Maybe a tragedy will alter the course we have for our life. Perhaps running late means we miss a car accident.  It reminds me to thank God for the good and the bad. He allows both for a purpose.

Genesis 50:20 

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Blessings on your day.

To Be a Proverbs 31 Woman


 

Oh how I wish I could emulate the Proverbs 31 woman, but so often I fall short.

Don’t we all? However, I have come to believe it’s not so much about being exactly like a Bible character, but rather using their example as a guide to Christian living. The Bible gives us many examples of Christian living. I could list many passages, but I picked just a few:

1 Peter 2:21-22

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

 “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

 Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Obviously we will fall short, because we are not Jesus. But what is important is these verses are examples to follow, models of how to live.

So it is with Proverbs 31:10-31.This passage is giving us a lengthy example of how to live the Christian life. These examples are so important in a culture that does not provide godly examples. Without examples of how to live, we would fatter all the more. 

Psalm 143:10

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;
may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Can I be the Proverbs 31 woman? Doubtful.

Can I use her as an example to follow? Yes. 

Proverbs 31:10-31

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

 

Blessings on your day.

Scripture from Biblegateway.com

 

We Don’t Become Angels When We Die


There’s a lot of misinformation about heaven out there. Yesterday I heard a human interest story on the news. The heroine had passed away, so the narrator explained she had “earned her wings,” implying she had become an angel in heaven.

I’ve heard people tell those who have lost children that God just needed another angel.

There’s nothing in the Bible that tells us we become angels when we die. The angels already exist (Genesis 2:1, Job 38:7, Colossians 1:16), and there are multitudes of them (Daniel 7:10; Matthew 26:53; Hebrews 12:22). God doesn’t need more angels.

Perhaps those who cling to misinformation are unsure what happens after death. There is eternity after our earthly death. The question is, where will you live in eternity? There are two places to choose from, Heaven, and eternal life with our Savior, or hell and an eternity away from all the goodness our God has to offer. But we have to choose before the end of this life (Romans 10:9-10 and 13).

The apostle Paul tells us that those who have chosen Christ will be present with the Lord after their earthly death (2 Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:23). God has big plans for us when we arrive in heaven. We will be welcomed home (John 14:2) and we will spend eternity in paradise (Luke 23:43). We can’t really imagine what wonders God has in store for us.

1 Corinthians 2:9

 However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,what no ear has heard,

and what no human mind has conceived”—
 the things God has prepared for those who love him— 

Have you chosen where you want to spend eternity?

If you are unsure, or just have questions, please message me, or find a Bible-believing church to help you with the most important decision you will ever make.

Blessings,

Julie

Godly Friends


 “The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Proverbs 12:26

I’m picky about who I choose for my friends. I select like-minded, Christian people to call friends. I still associate with non-Christians, after all, I want to share Christ with them. But friends, I need to know they have my best interests at heart. We live in a very deceptive world. For some, it’s too easy to start walking down the wrong path. Usually you don’t even realize it is happening. Sin can be so subtle. That’s why fellowship with other believers is so important. We need each other to help us in our daily walk, to keep us on course, and to hold each other accountable.

Colossians 3:16

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

God created us for fellowship. Let your friends know how grateful you are to have them in your life.

I’m so grateful to God for each of my friends. That includes all the wonderful blogging friends I have made. Thank you for your love!