Day: June 11, 2011
Remember how the flocks of geese fly when they are going south? One is in the lead so it will be able to cut the current to make it easier for the ones behind and then a few more are right behind before the line gets longer. This way most of them can just glide and save their energy until the lead goose gets tired and has to be relieved.
This seems to be how we advocate worthy causes in our country. We get behind a good cause (defeat of abortion and all kinds of evil in the high places in government) and we rally behind our leaders…but we are really not involved. We are just gliding along and fooling ourselves, and the ones out in front and vocal, are really the ones doing the work.
Sometimes our leader falls or rallies to the opposite side and we hardly notice…we are still trying to glide along with the break in the current that has been manufactured by them.
Be it known however, that the current we are fighting against is still out there somewhere and in many cases…is getting the upper hand. We need to write those letters to our senators and representatives in congress… and do all we can to let the voices of the silent majority be heard.
ENVY OR LOVE
I wonder if the red bird
Thinks he’s prettier than the sparrow.
I wonder if the bullet
Thinks it’s truer than the arrow.
Do little fluffy kittens think
They are prettier by far…
Than the little darling puppies
Lying warming by the fire?
How about the precious infant
Gazing up in mother’s eyes.
Is he thinking envious thoughts
As he binds those apron ties?
No… we only learn to envy
As we also learn to hate.
Evil desire comes visiting
And shares our woesome fate.
But there’s a wond’rous remedy
To getting rid of hate;
Jesus lived it and He spoke it…
In Matthew Five and Eight!
-Edna L. Ingram, 2/08
“…Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
Baby Bird taken about a year ago…getting his head scratched.
Our little cockatiel has decided this morning that he’s my bird. He has been on my shoulder for about 30 minutes. I was going to mop the bathrooms and was all ready to do so…but had to go to plan B. He’s still hanging tight. I ran him a little tray of bath water but he wants no part of that this morning.
I’m just enjoying him right now…because he usually is Bobby’s bird. They are a one person bird…so this is really unusual.
We took this beautiful scene as we were traveling in Southern Oklahoma. If you will notice, the fence and the grass close to it are very blurry…but the scenery farther out is clear. That’s because we were traveling 70 miles an hour when the picture was taken. The cows seem to be eating peacefully in their pasture.
Life is like this picture. Up close…things like tragedies, hard times and heartache, make our lives blurry and we try to figure out ‘why’. It is hard to focus when our mind is on the “Why things like this happen.” But when you look at the ‘big picture’ of God and His eternity…it becomes more clear and trusting Him becomes easier. I really need to focus on the “Big Picture” and my life will begin to make sense.
THE ESSENCE OF FAITH
How can people watch a sunrise
And not believe in God?
Or look into a baby’s eyes
Or till the earthly sod?
How can they breathe life-giving air
And still a skeptic be?
While their body houses a spirit
That will last eternally?
Dubious thoughts surround us
When dark shadows come our way.
But how our doubts should vanish
With the breaking of the day!
©Edna L. Ingram, 1982
Romans 1:20 “…For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen,, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: ”
This morning I was walking on our new treadmill and the front dash of it is so much like a computer…these thoughts came to me:
Sometimes when I see a good example or if I read something about Jesus that I want to be like (which is everything about Jesus) I just want to hit the “copy and paste” buttons and be like that immediately.
Sometimes when I do something on the spur of the moment that I am not proud of….I just want to hit the “clear” button or the “delete” button and remove it completely.
Sometimes when I want to know something in the Bible or find something that I know is in there…I want to hit the “search” button and find it fast.
Sometimes when no one is around and I need someone (like the time I had locked myself out of the house and had to crawl into the house through the tiny bathroom window) I want to hit the “help” button.
Sometimes when I want to remember what has transpired over the last few days….I want to press the “view” button and see and remember it all at once.
And sometimes….more and more lately, I want to just press the “refresh” button. lol
But you know, we can have most of these in our lives. I say ‘most’ because maybe we can’t remember everything that has happened.
We can be refreshed every morning at the start of a new day.
We can have help from God, from our friends and from the church members.
We can search the Bible for what we want to know…It just takes a little longer perhaps.
We can hit the clear button…by repenting and getting forgiveness. The sins of faithful Christians are taken away as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12) (That is a long ways.) If we don’t repent though it really isn’t deleted at all…it’s still right in there on God’s “hard-drive'”even though we might have forgotten it and don’t think about it anymore.
Note: If someone has already written on these ‘buttons’ with thoughts like this, I have not seen them…and I apologize for this.
Some people have likened the “neglect of training children” to leaving the gate open and the horse getting out. I think a better allegory is: Trying to get sugar out of the tea when you’ve over-sweetened it. You can sometimes get a horse back into the corral but it is very difficult to dip the sugar back out of a liquid.
When our grandchildren were teens they really liked a lot of sugar in their tea and sometimes I would get too much. I would tell them, “if it’s not sweet enough, tell me and I will add more…if it’s too sweet, I will take some sugar out.” Of course they knew I couldn’t do that…I could just dilute the tea with more and make it ok.
That is all we can do about our children when it is too late….just try to dilute the garbage we have allowed, with the good stuff. May be the only hope we have left at that point. How sad that is! Because there are so very many little teachable moments while they are growing up, at whichever age they happen to be…but we do have to be with them to take advantage of those teachable moments.
Most adult children do not come back…at least until it is too late to train their own little ones. We have seen many though the years ‘get faithful’ after their children are grown up. If you have young children and you are faithful to God now, while they are growing up, be so thankful and give Him the glory for His grace. Generations have a tendency to repeat themselves either for good or for evil. God tells us to completely surround our children with His Word while they are growing up.
Deuteronomy 6: 5-9 “…And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
Time is fleeting and their growing up years fade into adult years before we are hardly aware of it.