I’ve never been able to get pictures of Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, and I enjoy these pictures my friend over at The Squirrelseye put up.
Now that warm weather is back, my husband and I have been spending the evening hours relaxing on the front porch and watching the birds that come in to the feeder. Some of them have been frequenting the feeder since their parents first brought them as fledglings. The people on the swing no longer frighten them. The chickadees in particular are courageous enough to occasionally use a human being as a landing strip. But the boldness that these two, rose breasted grosbeaks displayed was quite a surprise as they bounced around our feet picking up seeds. In spite of the fact that we had never seen them before, these two boys seemed almost tame. I think there is a chance they were a “raise and release,” and see humans as a safe food source. We are hoping they find lady grosbeaks and decide to stay for the summer. If anyone…
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“And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take you up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.” Joshua 4:5-7 King James Version
Several years ago, the Lord told me to “cultivate faith”. One valuable way for me to do so is illustrated by the passage above: find a way to remember what God has already done for me. In the above example, the Israelites used stones to help them remember; other times, God instructed them to mark occasions with feasts or festivals. He gave specific directions for the celebrations. Each of those gatherings stood for an occasion God had acted for them.
For me, I write down items. I have notebooks in various places, and I record God’s blessings in them. I carry one little notebook in my purse. While I have different sections in the notebook for meeting different purposes, the most important section is right at the beginning, where I list God’s blessings to me. I have small and large ones written down. Reading them carries me back to the situation and I have a renewed sense of gratitude for God’s care and provision for me. Remembering what God has already done helps me have faith for challenges ahead (and there’s always challenges ahead!) and helps me have a more optimistic view of the future. In the past, I tended toward despair, so being able to counteract that downward slide is important.
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As an avid reader, I get excited about the great number of books out there to read, either for entertainment, education, inspiration or with some books, all three. The quantity available in print, audio, and e-books reminds me of the vast amount of life in the oceans, so I call these book reviews “Diving Into A Sea of Books”. As with diving into an ocean looking for interesting objects, diving into books means you come across mixed results: over here, a book you don’t bother to finish, over there, a “treasure”–one that you like so much you can’t wait to reread it, and over there, a book you read and think, “Meh”.
I first came across How to Live in Fear–Mastering the Art of Freaking Out in a Christian bookstore. I thought that was a little strange, with a title like that. “Fear” and “Christian” don’t go together. But the longer I leafed through the pages, the more I realized the title fit perfectly with the theme: being able to live with faith in God while having anxiety/panic attacks.
Pastor Lance Hahn has experienced severe anxiety attacks since boyhood. For a few years the attacks left, then they came roaring back into his life. He describes what it’s like to be a Christian, and the senior pastor of a large church–a pastor who suffers from panic attacks. Continue reading
Green, Pink and White
This photo reminds me of a patchwork quilt, with all the varied colors in it.
A Sky So Blue
Orange and Purple
Bright, Sunny Yellow
All photos by author.
People who own cats, or shall I say, are owned by cats, know felines have the ability to get comfortable in strange places.
Here’s a few examples–
Shorty, laying around and hanging out
Mandy, on tv!