provisions

dependent

August

A is the first letter of the alphabet. It seems a good time for a getting things in order again, beginning with A!

I hope you have had a relaxing, amazing & fun summer. That you are making special memories to look back on.

I am grateful you take the time to read my posts. I love when you are able to let your voice be heard on the topic, it makes the post all the more richer for your having stopped in.

Spring offers numerous gifts of new life. My yard is full of surprises – floral – greenery – animals. We often say it’s like a sanctuary. Too often I miss the gifts in my distracted attempt to stay on task. Why is this an ongoing battle for me? My journal pages are filled with requests of God to help me to focus, to be disciplined. I guess He wants to keep me in the classroom, in need of Him.

Early in the light of day I often curl up on the end of my sofa to be still. Though the distractions come in my heart and my mind, I make this a place to sit quietly. To wait on the Lord. Sometimes the waiting is a bit fidgety. Other times it’s like having an ocean wave meet me on the shore and roll back out to sea. I return. Hoping for the ability to abide in the vine…my sweet Lord.

photo-1I am drawn to birds nests. You will be hearing more about that in future posts. There is something so beautiful about watching a birds nest be formed. The mama bird works tirelessly to bring each tender piece of the homestead to its new perch. The intricacy and detail that holds together against the wind and rain amazes me.

As if it’s not enough to watch this building project from my own perch at the end of my sofa, I have to get closer. Like a child I am drawn to the edge of the nest. To peek over its edge. How in the world do the sticks and hay and mud hold together for me to look upon this masterpiece? A safe place. Created by a mother to care for her young. She knows what’s needed even before they find their way out of the crackling egg. She anticipates every need before one is expressed. I now anticipate with her.

photoNew life is evidenced by the high pitch of the hungry little ones. Mother is not far off. If I am too close in my childlike curiosity, she makes a stir on the nearby branch. As if to say – back off – those are my little ones.

I wonder, as I watch the baby birds stretch their necks for food as they sense their mother coming, is this how my Heavenly Father wants me to be with Him? Waiting. Trusting. Knowing He is watching over me. Protecting me.

Desiring a dependence upon Him in all things. Does He want me to sit quietly waiting for Him?

photo-3As I watch their little beaks reach toward the sky, trusting mama to bring nourishment they could not get for themselves, I am reminded that is all God wants of us. A posture of dependence upon Him in all things.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your path. Proverbs 3:5-7 ESV

WIll you curl up & trust with me?

HIS,

karen

Nesting JOY

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Day 39 of 365 Days of JOY

Only a week ago my husband called me to the yard to see this piece of intricate work of art sitting atop a bush in the yard. I couldn’t believe it. How often do you have the chance to stand over the top of a bird nest? We’re usually standing under it observing it from afar.

When we moved into our home a year ago we felt like we had moved into the middle of a bird sanctuary. So many different birds to watch, to listen to. But the detail that brought me the most JOY about the birds was finding multiple nests tucked away in carefully chosen safe places.

The Psalmist wrote about a nest –

Psalm 84:1-12

How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah
Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.[b]
As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!

As I stand looking down on this intricate work of art I am keenly aware of my Creator. I am in awe of His provisions. I read about those provisions, and I speak of them, but to gaze upon the detail of the work of God – NO words.

Some days I get caught up in the details of this life I live and forget to notice what God is doing. Forget to remember that a day in His courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

I am drawn to His very presence standing over the beauty in the dwelling place the sparrow.

I am again gently coaxed to remembrance of just how lovely is His dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!

Oh LORD, cause my heart and flesh to sing for JOY to you, my Living God.

Help me, like the sparrow, to lay all I am and all I have at your altars.

I look forward to tomorrow – to finding the JOY that you pour out for me each new day.

I will trust in you.