CAT BIRD

Some saw the picture of our “Cat Bird.” The other day, she was back in the tree. It inspired a poem!

CAT BIRD
Sitting in the tree
silent as can be:
the Cat Bird
waiting for her prey,
her dinner if you please.
Silently she waits,
her stillness is the bait.
Alas, her wait
has no reward.
Suspicious birds
stay far away
and sit another place.

Trust in the Lord . . .

Japanese Tea Garden
Japanese Tea Garden

Many years ago, my husband and I walked through a Japanese Tea Garden. It was a lovely, peaceful place. The land had been landscaped and the trees trimmed. It had been transformed.

So with my life. As I go through rough times, I am prone to dwell in fear or anger. It doesn’t help the situation, but it is hard not to react that way when I don’t the pain and grief.

But like the gardener who does beautiful things with the land, God is a gardener who does beautiful things with my life. He can give me peace in the midst of His trimmings and diggings. He has given me a promise that has become dear to my heart: Proverbs 3:5-8. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your way straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”

Recently a friend told me her mother had died of brain cancer about four years ago. She had quoted those verses to her daughter many times. It was her life verse. Now, during this difficult time, she clung to it. It gave her peace and strength.

As I have experienced trials, God has used them to minister and strengthen others. I am grateful. I often think how God gave His Son so we may have life. Can I do less than suffer graciously so I can give comfort to others–maybe even life?

God alone knows where the trials lead and how they will end. I’m glad He does. Someday I can ask Him about those things. Meanwhile, I ask for grace to trust Him and experience His peace through all the stormy skies and rough roads.

CAT BIRD

The other day my grandson and I were in his dining room while he was studying. I looked out the window and laughed as I called his attention to what I saw. It gave us both a giggle and a praise to God for His marvelous creation! There, in a small tree not too far from the house, sat a large–we decided to call it–catbird.

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Who likes to receive gifts??? 

We forget our children are truly a gift from God.

Saved and Blessed

Well – God gave many of us beautiful gifts, however are we taking care of our (kids) gifts correctly?

Psalm 127:3 – (KJV)Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
To be honest I have been reminded of this verse for the past two days now. I love my children all 3 of them very much, however lately they have felt more like a burden than a gift. The Devil is a liar. It’s not easy to raise 3 kids by yourself, however thats no valid excuse to see your kids any other way then a gift of God. God’s words are true and if God calls our children gifts from him then they are gifts indeed.

God has reminded me several times during the past two days that: My kids are a gift from God.

That changes things!!! I’m not…

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Someday

Someday perhaps I will see my great grandchildren. My sister, who is a year younger, has several great grandchildren. My oldest grandson is 16 (I hope he waits a few years before blessing me in that area!).

Someday I may see 100. I am feeling good at 73; hopefully, if the Lord wills, my health will hold up!

Someday I am looking forward to heaven. Jesus has blessed my life and I look forward to His blessings for eternity! I may not see my great grandchildren in this life. I may not see 100. But I do plan on seeing my Lord Jesus!

Don’t Let 2016 Define You!

Matthew Winters (Comeback Pastor)

Thoughts have been flowing, so I don’t mean to bombard my Facebook page and other social media. I just know that some of those who will read this are going to continue to live in the mistakes and hardships of 2016 and not let go. I want to declare to you today that your financial mistakes this year do not have to define you. Bad relationships in 2016 don’t have to define you. Horrible things you said and did don’t have to define you. A divorce, a straying child, or anything that happened in 2016 does not have to define you.

The consequences may still exist, but you don’t have to live in guilt if this stems from something you have done wrong. The blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse anything if you confess and turn from it. If this relates to something that happened to you that is out…

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CELEBRATE!

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Christmas is almost upon us! I love all the decorations, music, and joyful celebrations! But I don’t want to forget the true reason for celebration–the birth of the King!

CELEBRATE!

The angels’ song is filling
the air with hope and joy.
But no one stops to listen.

A star beams out the message
that life is offered to men.
But no one stops to see

Shepherds tell their story—
a king lies in a manger.
But no one comes to worship.

Too many tasks to do.
Too many gifts to buy.
Too many wishes to make.
Too much to celebrate.

No time for the gift of life.

Darlene Estlow©2016

May you have a blessed Christmas!

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May your Christmas be blessed!

COME

Come into the night
where shadows cover all.
Hear the angels’ song:
“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men
on whom his favor rests.”

Come look to the sky
where darkness hides the day.
See the star’s light
that leads to the promise
of peace on earth to men
on whom his favor rests.

Come see the baby
lying in the manger,
fulfillment of the angels’ song,
fulfillment of the star’s promise
of peace on earth to men
on whom his favor rests.
©2010