Thursday, December 29, 2011

For His Eye is on the Sparrow...

I hesitate to post this.  There seems to be so much sicknesses across the states.  So I know our family isn't unique.  And yet we are. To God that is.  Each of us is special to Him.

Amy's entire family has strep.  All of Jon Abram's girls have been sick with fevers, and Melody has a touch of the pneumonia.  Our Jennifer has been in Intensive Care since Monday and seems no better, perhaps worse.  There appears to be something more than strep, pneumonia, and mono going on. Today they have called in the Infectious Disease Doctors.For those of you on Facebook, this is old news.

I just went out and filled my bird feeders and am sitting by the window.  It was as though the birds were waiting for me, for fresh provision.  As I watch them, I am once again reminded of God's endless care and concern.  Sometimes it's hard to wrap our mind around that.

This morning as I read the account of the 12 spies trip into Canaan, I saw myself in the mirror of God's Word.  He reminded me of the many Red Seas He has brought me through.  As I read of the Israelites' doubts, I felt like hanging my head in shame.  God was grieved and yes, even angry at their lack of trust in Him.So many times the fear of tomorrow seems to drown me.  I needed to be reminded and to once again focus on Him.

My Mockingbird is at this moment delighting in suet.  The chickadees are knee deep in seed.  The cardinals are hovering near.  Their beauty in color and song warms my heart...  reminding me that I too have a Great Benefactor!

For His Eye is on the Sparrow, and I know He watches me!!!!!!!!!

In His care, Linda

Monday, December 26, 2011

Trapped!!!


Dear Friends and Family,

Greetings and love on the day after Christmas. Trust yours was a blessed one!  We enjoyed family so much, next to God, it is everything!

Jon and I came home around three yesterday from Amy's.  When Jon got on the deck he hollered back to me that a Carolina Wren was trapped.  I wondered how in the world this could be.  I've done everything to make my backyard and deck a bird haven.  In addition to the large feeder hanging from the tree, close to my window, I've added a 3-tier feeder from the deck.  It has suet, seed, and fruit.  I've had such an enormous array of birds.  The Carolina Wrens especially love the suet and fruit.  They are such friendly birds, seemingly fearless of humans.  I love their noisy chatter. It sounds as though they're scolding the others!

I couldn't believe my eyes!  We've been plagued with flies the last couple of weeks. I'd gone to the farm store and in desperation bought some fly strips to hang. I hate them, but hey, like I said I was desperate. They seemed useless inside, so unbeknown to me, Jon had hung one just outside our back door.

The pathetic little Carolina Wren, attracted by the flies, thought he'd found an easy meal.  There he was, little feet and wings all gooed onto the strip.  If you know anything about these strips, you know the goo is incredibly strong stuff.

I was so horrified!  Jon and I worked to release the struggling bird.  It's little feet and wings were a mess.  We finally managed to do so, but without much hope of it's survival.  The little bird, still coated with the goo, hobbled off under the deck.  I'm sure it will never be able to fly with it's stuck wings, and I suspect, that if it didn't find some safety, that Sara will finish it off.

This morning, as I sat with my Bible by the window and watched my birds, my heart was broken.  All that smorgasbord of food available and yet, the little bird just had to stray elsewhere.  

I wondered about my distressed feeling.  I love my birds, I provide, and care for them.  How can this be?  My thoughts turned to My Father and His promise that He cares for the sparrows.  And reminds me of how much more He loves me.  How greatly He must grieve when we go astray, looking for better fair in dangerous places.  All we need, He lovingly provides, and yet the temptations of this world beckons so loudly!  There is pleasure in sin for a season, for sure.  Just as my little wren left all for what appeared to be "greener pastures," man so often, chooses instant gratification.  AND THEN...the trap is sprung.

God beckons, longs, and loves mankind.  There is a haven of safety, inside His perimeters.  God's law doesn't box us in, but fences out the heartache of this world. 

The commercials and billboards don't show the last chapter.  The destroyed lives, the broken bodies, the ruined future.  They paint it all so glamorously.  But when sin is finished, it brings forth death.

You can be sure that there will be no more fly traps on my deck.  Hopefully, no more birds will suffer such an end.

How much more our Father wants to protect us, to defend us, to entreat us....  Truly, His is a "love without measure!"  May I never take it lightly!

Linda  

Friday, December 23, 2011

Going for the Gold!


Dear Friends and Family,

Hard to believe that it's Christmas Eve's Eve!!  This year has gone so swiftly.  I hope it's been a blessed one for each of you dear ones.

This week we've had our Melinda here fromMebane and consequently Erica has spent a lot of time with us as well, since the girls are best buds.  I felt I really accomplished something this year, I managed to make cookies with Erica three different times. They've been frozen for family affairs, tomorrow at Jon Abram's and Sunday at Amy's, Lord willing.

Jon and I have enjoyed the girls so much this week. They've kept us laughing. And since they've entertained each other, Jon and I have been able to have our down time as well.

Tuesday evening I dragged the big trash can out to the road for next morning pickup(the can has wheels).  Lyndy Lou must have seen me out the window because she came running out the driveway to meet me and scold me in a loving fashion, "NANNY! You shouldn't have done that, with all due respect, you're not getting any younger, you know!"

I felt a surge of joy rush through me.  "Oh, Yes, I am, Lyndy!" I responded.  "Though the outward man perishes, the inward man is renewed day by day.  I'm growing younger everyday!"  It was like a moment of fresh revelation!  I AM GROWING YOUNGER EVERY DAY!  I'm nearer home!  It isn't a sad thought, it's a beautiful hope!

Now, don't get me wrong...  I love life, every day of it!  I cherish it and count it a joy.  Every day is a gift, and I'm thankful.  Each morning, I'm excited about living another day for God. And I'm especially happy to share that day with  my precious companion!  How very good God is to us.

But what an overwhelming thought that as this mortal body winds down, It's really "reviving up(no irreverence intended) for a better day!  My investments are in another world!  No stock market crash there!!!  

I saw a news clip the other day of how scientists are experimenting with genetics in their labs and........... someday man will live forever!  Okay!  My first response was to figuratively throw up my names and holler, "No, No, No!!  Not here!"  Hey, that's kind of like depriving someone from their life savings.  Live here, in this world?  Humm.  I dont' think so! You'd have to be nuts!  I've been planning this trip for a loooooooooong time, and no crazy scientist is going to cheat me out of it!

Many of my dear friends have lost loved ones this year.  My heart has especially felt for them as they are facing "first" holidays with that big empty spot in their hearts, around their tables, and during the Christmas Season.  But they've all "died in faith."  What a precious hope we have!  Parting is painful, but not forever!!!

So today, I really am growing younger!  I see the finish line. It's in view!  I have set my face like a flint!  I won't turn back!  I plug my ears from the sirens of this world!  I'M GOING FOR THE GOLD!

And remember....in this great race, there's not just one winner!  We can all make it across the finish line!

Merry Christmas!  Thank God, He Came!!  Thank God, He died!  Thank God, He arose!  Thank God, He lives!  Thank God, HE IS COMING AGAIN!

Love to all you fellow runners!  If you're not in the race, join up now!

Love, Linda

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sweetest Name on Mortal Tongue!

Dear Friends and Family,

Greetings and Merry Christmas to each of you!  What a most blessed time of the year!  Trust you are enjoying His Presence, what else matters so much?

Jon and I are continually recipients of His great grace, love, and care!  How we praise Him.  Going out lately has been an overwhelming struggle for us, but we are so content together in Him.  Our little tree glows reminding us that He is still THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!  Our ornaments remind us not only of Him, but the many memories of "Christmas Past," of family and friends.  The sounds of our Christmas carol cd's keep the real "Reason for the Season" ever in our minds.

Jon Abram's family is even now at closing for their new 2200 sq. ft home. We rejoice with them.  They have been crowded for so long.  Lord willing, the plans are for the family to gather Christmas Eve at their new home.!  God is good!

Today is our Melinda, Lyndy Lou's, 13 birthday!  Jon Abram and Margaret now have THREE TEENAGERS in there home!  Wow!!

Amy is recovering well from her surgery.  Last evening they were here, which is rather rare these days.  Amy was teaching JB his Bible verse for today.  As I sat, watched, and listened, my heart was overflowing.  As you know, JB has a speech impediment, but sweeter words never fell from a little fellow... 
"For unto us a child is born(JB cradles his arms,) unto us a son is given:(JB swoops his little arms out with an emphatic "giving you" motion),  and the government shall be upon his shoulder:(Here our little man thumps dramatically on his shoulders), and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace(Now JB points to his diadem).
Isaiah 9:6

Ahhhh...

"Sweetest note in seraph song,
 Sweetest name on mortal tongue;
 Sweetest carol ever sung,
 Jesus, bless├Ęd Jesus."

And so down through the ages, from the OT prophets such as Isaiah, to the angels on that Holy Night, from the lips of Mary, to the early apostles, down through the church age, from days past to this present hour...that most holy of all names, still is being heralded from majestic church choirs, from the lips of babes.  It is truly the sweetest name on mortal tongue!

I wanted to burst forth with songs of praise as my little fellow quoted last evening: His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This morning, my heart was bursting with praise as I read the words, Emmanuel...God is with us!  Yes, little JB....GOD IS WITH US!!  We can face tomorrow, because HE CAME, AND HE LIVES!!!  He lives for me, for this generation....

Sweetest carol every sung!
Jesus, blessed Jesus!

Merry CHIRSTmas!
Love, Linda