Me and the Sparrows

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6: 26-27

There’s been a lot going on at our house lately. A cancer diagnosis for me and, for both my husband and I, the inner turmoil and emotional strain that comes with it.

So, we find ourselves out on our back porch most evenings. Sometimes we talk. Sometimes we say nothing and just watch the birds and the bunnies that seem to enjoy hanging out in our yard lately.

It’s a bit of peace in the midst of our storm to watch these carefree little creatures at play.

I want to be like that. I pray for that.

“God, let fear fall away from me like rain off the feathers of a sparrow. Help me not to worry about the future. Help me to trust that, no matter what tomorrow holds, You will take care of me.”

Below is a song my sister-in-law introduced me to recently. It reminded me that I am secure in God’s loving hands. Part of the lyric says, “If He can hold the world, He can hold this moment.”

Maybe you’re going through a trial of your own. If so, this is song is for you too.

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

How to Be Static-Free

This is me in winter…

Does anyone else get this way?

It’s the one thing about this time of year that really annoys me.

That’s because it hurts, and I don’t like pain!

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about yet, I have two words for you.

STATIC ELECTRICITY

It gets so bad that, basically, I approach touching just about anything with trepidation because I know the effect could very well be a hair-raising experience.

Thank God for Static Guard!

I realize the little guy in the photo doesn’t have this issue; it’s part of his natural charm. But seeing it made me smile and it also got me thinking about spiritual static.

Sometimes life can give us a jolt. Unforeseen circumstances can be a shock to the system. If we’re not careful, fear can attach itself to us and become our pavlovian response to everything.

But we can’t live in a protective bubble forever.
(Trust me, I’ve tried.)

The only solution when we get zapped by life is to zap back! To remember that we have the power of God on our side, and that the way to keep fear from sticking to us is by clinging to His promises.

Here are a few to meditate on from the Psalms:

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11

“The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.”
Psalm 121:7-8

There’s peace of mind knowing that, no matter what we encounter today, God is “our ever-present help.”

With Him by our side, we can be static-free!

Words To Live By

Be Strong 
Be Courageous
Why? Because

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9

Thank you, God, for breathing life into ancient words that still speak to us today. 

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Thankful for Trees

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 NLT

Beneath the blistering August sun, people gain a new appreciation for trees.

No longer taken for granted, trees provide a welcome shelter for outdoor laborers. They share the shady canopy of green with feathered creatures who nestle into branch-built homes at days end, or whenever a respite from the heat is necessary.

I, too, find myself seeking out the comforting cover of the rare parking lot tree at my neighborhood market.

It might be farther away from the entrance but, it is worth the extra walking distance to make sure the car temperature doesn’t escalate to the point of causing me to spontaneously combust!

I am thankful for trees.

For the shade they provide and for the picture they give me of God’s sheltering love.

Beneath His canopy of grace, I find hope in the comfort of his protection and peace in the assurance of His provision.

And rest.

Rest that only comes when I am living in His shelter. Not taking the shade for granted – Ever thankful for the “shadow of the Almighty”.

Fire and Ice: Christmas ’09


Reflecting on this past Christmas, I’d have to say it was one of the more interesting ones to date. It was full of adrenalin-producing, death-defying moments not normally associated with the holiday. This was due, in large part, to my brain settling in for a long winter’s nap as well as my unwitting participation in what turned out to be the blizzard of the century.

It all began a couple of days before Christmas when we opened the first of our gifts and I decided to throw tissue paper about the room oblivious to the open flame of the candle on the coffee table. Flames were flying and I was freaking out but, thankfully, my quick-thinking husband grabbed the burning tissue from my flailing arms, extinguished the fire and saved the day. Whew!

I cleaned up the ashy evidence and convinced myself that this little episode was the last of my holiday “adventures”. But, boy was I ever wrong!

The next day, on Christmas Eve morning, we heard that snow was on the way and had already begun falling north, where we were headed. We figured if we were to make it, we needed to head out immediately so as to avoid possible slick road conditions. At one point, we decided to play it safe and not to try it. Then, inexplicably, we changed our minds, packed the car as fast as we could and drove off into what we thought would be some light snow and MAYBE…”maybe” some slick spots closer to our destination.

All was well…for a while. Then, as if we had entered some kind of sci-fi movie, we found ourselves driving slowly on roads covered with thick snow and ice, watching people being rescued from horrible wrecks and praying that God would keep us safe on our journey. My body was tensed and frozen, along with the windshield wipers which were little help to us on the remaining few miles of our trek. When we finally arrived, I wanted to kiss the ground, but there was too much snow.

We were able to enjoy time with family but, when it was time to go, we found the trip back was just as treacherous. It’s amazing how intense our prayer becomes when we sense danger and fear for our lives!

We made it back home by the grace of God and I realized this is one Christmas that won’t be soon forgotten! I learned that I still love snow but only if I don’t have to drive in it. I learned that life is fragile and we should never take it for granted. And, I learned that God is gracious and protects us, even from ourselves and our bad decisions.

His love is like a bright star shining over us, at Christmas and every other day of the year. What a great gift!