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Saturday, February 5, 2011

For the Birds

"His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me."

Not long ago, my husband, daughter and I faced a very difficult time in our lives. We were able to pull through but only by being held up by those that love us. Through that time I also learned a lesson I will never forget. 

For as long as I can remember, I have desired to have control over things in my life, specifically for sanity's sake. I am a worrier by nature and having control brings peace of mind...or so I thought. 
In the few months of constant struggle, I was brought, unwillingly, to my knees to be shown I have control of nothing. And in the midst of that pain I read a precious message from my heavenly Father that was for my heart alone telling me to hand Him all my fears, pain, struggles and finally live my life free of those chains. This is the message He left, literally on my desk.

From The Daily Bread Ministry- Sparrow's Flight
"Not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will." Matthew 10:29
After dinner one night, a tiny brown sparrow flew inside our house through the front door. A chase ensued. Each time my husband got near to it, the little intruder fluttered away in desperate search for an exit. Before we could escort it safely outside, the bird toured the house so frantically that we could see it chest throbbing from its rapid heartbeat. 
Sometimes we are like that little bird- anxious, frazzled, and afraid of what might happen next. It comforts me to think that, "not one [sparrow] falls to the ground" without God knowing about it (Matt. 10:29). He sees and knows everything in our world. 
"The eyes of the Lord are in every place" (Proverbs 15:3), and nothing escapes His attention, including you and me. God understands and values the finest points of our being. Jesus said, "The very hairs of your head are all numbered" (Matt. 10:30).
It's amazing that God keeps a tally of our trivia and is even aware of a bird's misfortune. Since He knows about these small details, we can trust that He sees and cares about the big issues that ruffle our feathers. When we ask Him for help, God's response is always informed by His perfect knowledge of us and our circumstances. Let's trust Him with our anxious concerns. -Jennifer Benson Schuldt

Now, being the girl that I am, I had to have reminders of my Father's sovereign love and care in my home where I would see them constantly. Here is the result!

 To drive home the point of learning to trust God with everything, here is one of the many stories of how He has blessed my heart in small but significant way. I was bummed because I did not have any extra spending money due to paying bills, buying diapers or groceries. You know, trivial stuff :o). While driving home, I stopped at the mail box and happened to glance across the street. Our neighbors from down the street were getting rid of stuff. Oh be still my heart! There were four art canvas' laying on the curb just begging to be rescued. So I did what I NEVER do. I grabbed my daughter out of the car, went to my neighbor's door and asked if I could have their trash. 
A couple days later, along with lots of glue stick, scrapbook paper and creativity, my visual of God's love was complete!
May God bless you today in a way that you can be sure it is from His heart just to yours!


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