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An Alligator Attitude

While in the Everglades we took an airboat tour learning about plants and wildlife in the Everglades. Of course we were all on the lookout for alligators and fortunately we got to see several. We also got to see a bird native to the Everglades. Although I can’t remember the name of the bird, I remember that the momma bird was very protective of her babies.
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Rest in the Nest

The other day I saw a nest of 3 baby birds. I got the binoculars out just so I could watch them. They were asleep for a while. Then they woke up chirping and opening their mouths because they were hungry. Pretty soon the momma bird came over with some worms to feed them. The momma bird seemed to stay around to protect them after they were awake until they settled down in a peaceful state again.

It reminded me of how we are a lot like those baby birds in our lives. We seem to be going through life peacefully and then some sort of problem comes our way and wakes us from that peace. We cry out to the Lord and he comes over with some spiritual food to help us. It’s at this time when we need scripture reading, prayer and worship time to help get us through the tough times.
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What’s Your Favorite Season?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells of a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.   It lists things specifically:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

It’s true that there is a season for everything.  As I look back over the years of being a new wife, a new mom, watching our kids first day of kindergarten, then first basketball games, softball games, celebrations of 13th birthdays, vacations, first love, then heartbreaks of first love, then death of loved ones, then college, more celebrations, more heartbreak, proud moments and disappointing moments, I see many changes in seasons.  But through it all, I loved being a mom and a wife and celebrating life.  I saw God in the trials and in the joy.  I thanked Him for the good and begged Him for relief during the bad.

It made me think about how I love every season in Indiana.  I love the snow in the winter.  I love the baby birds in the spring.  I love the green grass in the summer.  I love the beautiful leaves in the fall.  No matter if it gets icy, rainy, hot or windy, I know I can make it through the few months to the next season and that I will love something about the next season that is coming.

Keep this in mind as you are in certain seasons in your life.  There is a reason for every season you go through in life.  And there is a time for every season.  It’s just a season.  Cling to the Maker and you’ll get through it.  Sun, snow, rain and wind are all good in their time.  Enjoy the season you are in – “build a snowman”, “smell the flowers”, “dance in the rain”, “jump in the leaves”.  There’s good in every season because God …….is………..good!

Greener Grass is Right Under Your Feet

Too many people are thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, when they ought to just water the grass they are standing on. – Amar Dave

This reminds me of the devotion I read today regarding being thankful. It seems like sometimes we are always looking at the glass half empty instead of half full. We are always looking at the negative in our lives instead of the positives.
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50 Years of Kindness ….. To Your Family

Yesterday was my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary!  Fifty years of marriage is a long time and it hasn’t always been easy but they are stronger than ever in their marriage after 50 years.

The secret is to keep Christ in the center of your marriage.  But my mom said they have also had to keep patience and love and kindness in the center of their marriage as they worked through the trials over the years.
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Tuesdays with Morrie Or Any Other Day With Any Other Person

Yesterday I went to see the movie, The Fault in Our Stars.  If you haven’t seen it, you should……….but take your Kleenexes.  There was a part in the movie where three teens were talking about giving eulogies at other people’s funerals and how they should “practice” before someone dies so that the dying person can be present at his own funeral.  Even though it sounds a little morbid, it was a part in the movie that you felt yourself smile and even laugh a little.
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My God is in the Bucket Filling Business

Yesterday’s  blog post was about waiting patiently on the Lord……….I’m still waiting on some things but man, did He answer quickly on some other things!!

I have created a mission called Bucket Buddies® mission that is designed to make a difference to cancer patients by providing a bucket full of small gifts.  Read More

Be Patient and Keep Refueling

Have you ever been in a hurry to get to a destination and you are stopped by sudden traffic?  I hate that.  It seems that you are crawling at a snail’s pace – or maybe the snail is crawling faster.  A few years ago my husband and I were on our way home from a weekend trip in Gatlinburg, TN and we got caught in a 4-hour traffic jam from a semi trailer chemical spill.  We were at almost a complete stand-still for 4 hours.  People were running out of gas and pulling off the side of the road.  Others were raising the hoods on their cars to allow some air to flow to cool down the engine.  It was 4 lanes of traffic and no exit in sight.  No where to go.  We just had to be patient and sit.  Fortunately we had snacks, a cooler full of water, a tank full of gas and magazines to read. 
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