MATTHEW 6:26 ON 6/26

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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?  – Matthew 6:26

If you are feeling alone and forgotten today, this verse is just what you need!  We all need to be reminded that our God loves us more than anything!  In a world that seems to put less value and importance of the sanctity of human life – it does our hearts good to know that God values each and every one of us individually.

How can a great big God show such intimate and special concern for us?  I don’t have the answer to that question – but I know He does!

Our neighbors to the east have a bird feeder hanging on a metal shepherd’s hook.  They keep that feeder filled with bird food year around.  Sometimes I just stand at my kitchen window and watch the birds, especially in the wintertime.  I think of this verse and the old hymn, “His Eye is On the Sparrow”.  God provides for even the little sparrow – sometimes through folks like our neighbors.

My mom-in-love used to tear a slice of bread up almost every day to feed the birds.  She didn’t have much money, and I don’t think she ate very much herself, but she was bound and determined that the birds would not starve.  We used to remind her that God would take care of the birds, and she needed to take care of herself.  I don’t think she listened.  LOL!

It’s God’s desire to have an ongoing relationship with each of us throughout our life’s journey.  He loves us so much and cares about every little thing that’s happening in our lives.

HIS FAITHFULNESS RENEWS MEJust knowing that God takes such good care of the sparrows and cares even more about us…  makes me think that He will also cause us to soar like eagles!  With His help, we really do fly above the chaos that is life and run like an antelope without growing faint.

What’s stopping you today?  You are armed with the knowledge that the God of the universe favors you and wants to help you live life in a whole and happy way.  That leaves me feeling hopeful for the future.  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (29)AWell, we are nearly a month into winter and it’s not been too bad yet here in Kansas.  We’ve had a couple of earthquakes, but not much snow so far.  Every day that we have mild temperatures and no snow, I thank God because I’m not a big fan of ice and snow – at all.

LEFTOVER SNOW

But what’s Coyote John up to???  Looks like he’s LOST IN THE WIND!  That’s not difficult in Kansas – trust me!  😉

https://youtu.be/I5pE_T8dZh0

I enjoy watching videos on YouTube that my friend John makes.  He shows us the outdoors like nobody else does!  Most of us drive along the highway, passing by all that Mother Nature has to show us.  Let’s watch his most recent video recorded last December.

https://youtu.be/UuU6iLJif5o

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more          welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.  – Helen Keller

GOD'S THEREBetween RA, sciatica and type 2 diabetes, there are days when I can barely function.  I wonder if people like John know how much it helps to be able to watch their YouTube videos?  It’s the next best thing to getting out for a walk myself!

https://youtu.be/2SoMjOMfXrI

O, money can’t buy the delights of the glen,
Nor Poetry sing all its charms:
There’s a solace and calm ne’er described by the pen
When we’re folded within Nature’s arms!  

 – James Rigg, “Nutting Time,” Wild Flower Lyrics and Other Poems, 1897

https://youtu.be/OE2SIy64oTI

POEM FROM THE PRAIRIE LADY

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers — for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.  – Osho

A great big THANK YOU to John for showing us nature in winter – while we sit indoors all snug and warm.  😉

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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https://youtu.be/mrapIttS9qg

What do you think of crows?  Yes, that’s what I said…  crows.  You know, those rather plain-looking black birds that appear in large numbers around this time of year in Kansas.  What is your impression of them?  What’s that you say?  You don’t think about them one way or the other?  Well…  I used to take them for granted, but that changed on September 30th.

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There’s not a deep spiritual lesson in everything I see – not by a long shot!  I probably miss more lessons than I get, sadly.  I pray to gain wisdom at every turn.  As we know, the Christian life depends on two acts of obedience:

  1. Reading God’s Word, The Bible 
  2. Prayer

From there, God works with us as individuals.  With me, He leads me to living lessons, usually through nature.  I was out with my husband to pick up some prescriptions from the pharmacy and told him I’d wait in the truck while he ran in to get them.  Not an especially exciting story so far, but stay with me.

You know how it is when you’re waiting in a pharmacy parking lot.  I people watched for a bit – then that got boring and my eyes were trained on a bunch of crows.  They were huddled around something, which attracted my interest.  The longer I observed, the clearer it was to me – it was a very large slice of bread and they were fighting over it.

As two birds would start pecking at each other, a third one would try to fly away with the bread.  Barely able to hold it up, the crow was unable to fly because the bread weighed it down!  Forced to drop the slice of bread, the other birds would once again huddle around the prize and start fighting with each other over it.

Obviously the rule was ONE SLICE OF BREAD GOES TO ONE CROW.  There was no negotiation involved – it was all or nothing.  Win or lose.  I watched each of the birds try to sneak off with the bread, to no avail.  It was too heavy to fly with, but that didn’t stop each one of them from trying.  It made me think – “If you birds would just tear the bread into bite-size pieces, you could all have some!”  Of course, they are birds and do not think that way.

It made me think…  sometimes it feels like I have so much stuff that I’m burdened by it.  At one time I had things in a storage facility – which means that I was not open to getting rid of it, but not in a position to take care of it either.  It’s crazy to pay to store things that you can’t even see.  I’m not a hoarder.  It was a time in my life when I was leaving one home to live in a smaller space temporarily.  I hoped I could one day have my things around me – and I eventually did.

Have you ever put the slice of bread in your mouth and it weighed you down so much you couldn’t fly???

When I got home from the pharmacy, I packed two large bags for Goodwill.  I feel lighter already!  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Of all the places in the United States, God touches Maine first with sunlight every day.  Some people think it’s so we’ll get up early.  I think it’s because He likes us best.  – Stephen King

It is finally the first day of spring!!!  The bug to get out and garden, mow and even pull weeds has been irresistible for the past few weeks because we went to our local lawn and garden show on March 6th at Century II here in Wichita.

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.   – Hal Borland

We came away from the show with so many ideas and plans to improve our landscaping.  I can hardly wait to dig in and start.  Yes, pun intended – LOL!

Do you have a spring in your step today???

There were exhibits of all kinds this year, but the old favorites always catch our attention.  This year a local nursery was there and we got to go through some books looking for trees to plant.  We’ve had trees planted in our yard two times already.  The first trees died and the second ones were not the kind we wanted.  The last trees we got were supposed to be redbuds, but they are mulberry trees.  Yes – we know because we have mulberries in the spring, and subsequently, purple bird poop.  Lovely.

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.  – Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

Obviously, we are not dealing with that company again.  No, it’s not a life or death thing, but when you pay good money to get trees, you at least want them to be the right kind.  Jus’ sayin’… 

YELLOW WARBLER

Hopefully the third time will be the charm and next spring we will get to enjoy pretty pink or white flowers instead of purple mulberries and purple bird poop.  One can only hope.

Another spring.  May we enjoy it with wild abandon!  Breathe deep and capture as much warmth as the sun will give us.

May your spring be light and airy with less cares and more laughter.  May God bless your days with sunshine and the happy songs of the birds in your moments of solitude.  Happy spring!  😀

 

 

 

LOVE YOUR PET DAY

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Today is LOVE YOUR PET DAY!!!  You know, life gets busy and sometimes our pets get a little lonely when we are out doing other things in our lives.  This is the day set aside just for them – so pamper them and treat them like the special animals they are.

I honestly don’t think it’s about buying the most expensive squeaky toy in the pet store, but about the amount of time I spend with my dog, using that adorable baby talk that gets his undivided attention.  After that, he thinks I’m the greatest person and follows me everywhere!  – Linda Palmer

 

Linda & Casey
Linda & Casey

 

My baby is so spoiled rotten because he’s the only kid I have!

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Sheri & Mittens

 

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Moo is on Sheri’s leg… awe

 

Here are a few suggestions for the day:

  • Take a nice walk at the dog park or along the beach if you’re lucky enough to live near one.
  •  Casey loves to take a ride in the car – we will probably drive somewhere.  I like to take him to the bank because they always give him a treat!
  • Stores like Pet Smart let you bring your pets.  It would be fun to take your pet in and let him / her choose something like a special toy.  I try to guide Casey toward the clearance table.
  • Watch a movie with a great pet in it – sit with your pet and let him / her know how much better and smarter they are.
  • Fix a bit of steak or bacon for your pet.  After all, it is a special day!

God gave us these critters to love and care for, and they give us so much joy!

Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.  – George Eliot

Kelly & Alex
Kelly & Alex
Kelly the Cat Lady
Kelly with Pepper, Troubles & Sugar
Charlotte & her Santa Baby
Charlotte & Duke
Charlotte and her sweet dog
Charlotte and Otis
Charlotte holding her little dog
Charlotte holding Chloe

 An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.  – Martin Buber

licks, tails, and snuggles

unconditional and true

every one’s best friend.

– Lucinda Berry Hill,

author of “Coffee with Jesus”

& “A Second Cup with Jesus”

A very special THANK YOU to the folks in my facebook group, A SECOND HELPING OF WELLNESS…  WITH A DASH OF HUMOR & A PINCH OF FAITH, for the awesome photos they let me use of themselves with their pets.  I guess none of them own hamsters, rabbits, birds, reptiles or goldfish.  LOL!!!

We make the most precious memories with our pets, don’t we?  The sad part is when they get older and in poor health.  Our Casey is almost 13 years old, so we know the day is coming when he won’t be with us.  If you have recently lost a pet, I hope these poems will bring comfort to your spirit today.

PURRING IN HEAVEN

LOSS OF A FRIEND

Even though I know Casey won’t get to stay with me for the rest of my life, I love the fact that I got to rescue one abandoned and abused animal, give him a good home, provide excellent care and see a smiling face and wagging tail every morning when I wake up.  Man, that’s living!  🙂

SIERRA CLUB DAY

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On May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California, the Sierra Club was founded. Today is SIERRA CLUB DAY!!! This grassroots environmental group has been one of the most influential in the country and is still going strong.

Don’t count the day done until you’ve made the day count.  – Dr. Thom C. Gibson

I like their motto – LEAVE NO TRACE. That of course means that when you go on an outing – you clean up and leave your site just as you found it. If you packed it and used it – pack it back up and take it with you. You don’t have to be a member of the Sierra Club to use that kind of common sense when it comes to taking care of the planet.

Don’t wait until Arbor Day to plant a tree. You can plant a tree now!

This falls under the heading COMMON SENSE – but when you leave a room – flip the light switch off behind you. Why keep a light on – or a TV on if you are leaving the room? Instead of cranking up the heat in the Winter or the AC in the Summer, adjust the amount of clothing you wear to get more comfortable.

Stay informed on the latest eco news. If you hear of a more green way to do things, maybe you should consider making some changes for the sake of the planet.

Ask yourself a question before you mindlessly toss something in the trash: Could this item be re-purposed or re-used for something? You might be surprised what you can do! I recently turned a gallon jug into a handy watering pitcher for my plants.

Do you throw your gum away in a trash can, or do you just spit it out the car window and let it land wherever? Think about how you dispose of your gum next time. Aside from the fact that someone might step in it, a bird would think the gum is a rock and swallow it. The gum then expands, killing the bird.

A few small changes made by all of us can make a huge impact. This is the only Earth we get – no backup Earth – sorry. 😦