Bird Lessons 101

American Goldfinch out my window.

The Secret of Birds
Watching birds from my kitchen window or sunroom is a pleasure. Of all creatures God has created, I believe birds exemplify some foundational truths about how we should live. In Matthew 6:25-34 and Luke 12:22-34, Jesus used birds to illustrate the foolishness of worry as He taught the disciples. Jesus told them they were worth more than birds but birds don’t have to plant or harvest–God feeds them. Having a bird feeder or bird bath available has given me a frequent visual reminder of the teaching–God provides. Worrying is a destructive mental habit.

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Count Your Days

Carpe diem – a Latin phrase meaning to “seize the day.”

Make Your Days Count
I daily drop a penny into a big glass jug as a visual reminder of two things: first, to thank God for the gift of the day and second, to seek God’s guidance for using each hour well.

Have you ever considered how the terminology for money and time are similar?

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Paradigm Shift

I received some wise words in response to my first post titled Attitude Adjustment. If you’re new here or missed it, check it out for context. I shared my personal experience of getting through a bout of loneliness brought on by Stay-at-Home isolation. The Executive Director of Christ-Life Ministries, Jim Hobson, had the following response. I think many can benefit from this sage advice.

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Dog Demonstration

“I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
…so our eyes look to the LORD our God.”  Psalm 123:1, 2b

Dogs are most appreciated for their unconditional love. All people have a longing for absolute, unequivocal love. We were created with that innate desire and the Lord our God is who will satisfy that need.

Webster and Tucker waiting for a treat.

I have two small dogs who will sit on command for their food and patiently wait until released before taking a bite. As they attentively wait for me to say the word, they have their eyes fixed on mine and their ears listening to every sound. The dogs exercise tremendous self-restraint, while waiting and their focus is so intent. They don’t want to miss a thing I say.

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Attitude Adjustment – part 1

With God Nothing is Impossible

Prevailing Events
In January, who would have imagined the Covid-19 situation we are currently living in, certainly not me, yet here we are. Like many, in the early onset of the “Stay at Home” orders I could dig into neglected projects or extra deep cleaning. But after the first month I got slammed by the loneliness and total isolation. I began to feel intense, over-reactive and at times a bit irrational.

One Saturday afternoon, I took my dogs for a 30-minute walk on the University campus of my town. During that time, I saw one other human being from a block away. That is not normal for this location. It felt like something from a science-fiction book or film. Before seeing the other person, I had a momentary bizarre thought pop into my mind. Are you the only person left on the planet?

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With God Nothing is Impossible

Prevailing Events
In January, who would have imagined the Covid-19 situation we are currently living in, certainly not me, yet here we are. Like many, in the early onset of the “Stay at Home” orders I could dig into neglected projects or extra deep cleaning. But after the first month I got slammed by the loneliness and total isolation. I began to feel intense, over-reactive and at times a bit irrational.

One Saturday afternoon, I took my dogs for a 30-minute walk on the University campus of my town. During that time, I saw one other human being from a block away. That is not normal for this location. It felt like something from a science-fiction book or film. Before seeing the other person, I had a momentary bizarre thought pop into my mind. Are you the only person left on the planet?

Continue reading “Attitude Adjustment – part 1”
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