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Thursday, April 17, 2014

BIRDS OF THE BIBLE AND OTHERS...





THE BIRDS OF THE AIR





                                                                          Baby birds


I awakened this morning to a sweet serenade of baby birds singing and thought:  'Heaven's symphony must sound something like this!!'  It was soft and serene...peaceful and melodious...The mother had built her nest
against our home.

Above, on his cage, is our cockatiel, Sweetie Pie, seventeen years old, a speaker of words and a whistler of songs:  I now happily add to his introduction:  a composer of music!  He composes his own sweet melodies and we call him Mozart of the Air. He can sing 'Carousel' and 'The Teddy Bears' Picnic.'  It is amazing what these little birds can learn!  He is absolutely a part of the family!

Mozart sings his soft sounds as we listen in astonishment!  He seems to think that he's  quite the entertainer, stretching his little neck and looking up to the ceiling as he sings.  He appears to wear a look of accomplishment  as he whistles and turns from me to my husband!  We think he is rather grand! 

The Lord mentions birds in the Bible several times.  Mathew 6: 26 "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  Luke 12:24:  'Consider the ravens...'   and  Matthew 8:20:  And Jesus said unto them: " Foxes have holes and birds have nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."

Psalm 104: 10 and 12, 24 25, 27,
He sends the springs into the valleys.  They flow among the hills...By them, the birds of the heavens have their home; they sing among the branches...The earth is full of Your possessions...living things both small and great.  These all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season.  What You give them, they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good.
Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles.  They shall run and not be weary.  They shall walk and not faint.
Exodus 19:4 ...how I bore you on eagle's wings and brought you to Myself.

Thank you, dear Father, for Your provision, for us and for the creatures of the field and of the air.
Luke 12: 6 and 7
All verses from: Holy Bible N.K.J.V.

Monday, April 14, 2014

I AM AMAZED!



I AM AMAZED!
 Cabinet Verse of the Week Chalkboard  Scripture Memory.  This is an excellent way to get the kids involved in keeping their daily focus on the LORD!

I am amazed!  Not only am I amazed that the God of the universe forgives our sin, black as a starless night, but that He decides to remember our sin no more.!  He chooses to see us in our forgiven-by-the-blood-of-Jesus state, with hearts white as snow and waiting to see Him upon His second coming.

How likely is it for us to ignore someone's hurtful words or actions?...   Probably not very likely, at all.  That is why God is God.  He is able to put aside our sin and the sins of others...we, many times, are not.  How loving is our God!  How filled with tender mercies and compassion!  How kind and merciful!

May the Lord fill us with His great compassion so that we may emulate the love of our Father in heaven.

N.K.J.V. Psalm 103: 11-14   So great is His mercy toward those who revere Him:  As far as the east is from the west...So far has He removed our transgressions from us.  As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.  For He knows our frame:  He remembers that we are dust. 
Photo by Linda Porcello



JEREMIAH 31:34  N.K.J.V.   I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God and they will be my people...For I will forgive their iniquity,  and their sin, I will remember no more. (cross-reference Hebrews 10: 17)