Birthday Blessings


One year ago today, God sent another little person into my life. Her name is Ellie, and she is my eighth great-grandchild. Although miles have kept us apart, I know this child deep in my heart. I know that from the tips of her tiny toes to the fine hairs on her pretty head that she is a little miracle. I know that she is a part of God’s plan in this world.

All life is a miracle. When God first said, “Let there be…” the universe in all its splendor was created…and the rest is history.

“For I know the plans I have for you…” (Jeremiah 29:11) We are all a part of that plan whether we are one year old or eighty.

And so today, I thank God for Ellie and wish her a birthday full of blessings and a life full of love.

Something to Crow About


Have you ever talked to a crow and got an answer? A few years ago, a young friend (ten at the time) and I were having a conversation on my veranda when a crow, perched on a high wire, began cawing. Its tirade seemed directed at us and so I shot back, “Oh yeah? C’mon down here and say that!” To our astonishment, the bird flew at us and we dashed into the house.

Crow on guard

I’ve since learned that the crow is a very intelligent bird; for example take this internet clip:

“Crows are extremely adaptive.  They have been seen cracking walnuts by dropping them at a height needed to burst them open.  Now if that doesn’t amaze you, this will.  Crows will also drop walnuts on roads waiting for cars to run them over — and if it doesn’t work the first time, they move the walnut and try again.  These crows also memorize traffic patterns so they know exactly when to drop the nuts, and retrieve the nuts only when the lights are red and the crosswalk sign is on.  A skill most humans have not yet mastered.”

I’d say that is certainly something to crow about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Is Finished


These three little words mean so much in so many ways.

It is finished…could mark the end of a marriage.

It is finished…could mean the last sentence of a book has been written.

It is finished…could mean the final stroke of the brush has created a masterpiece.

It is finished…could mean a relationship has reached its limit of endurance.

It is finished…could mean the final period has punctuated the end of a sermon.

It is finished…could mean the finishing touches have signaled that a meal is ready to be served.

It is finished…could mean the last breath has been breathed.

“It is finished”…three of the final words of Jesus on the  cross. (John 19:30)

It is finished…could also mean the end of treating one another badly.

It is finished…three little words that mean so much in so many ways.

 

Interesting People and/or Good Music


Let me introduce you to some interesting people I found in cyberspace after being told about them by others. Some of them have written many books, some of them lecture on You Tube, and some of them debate Stephen Hawking. If you haven’t heard of them perhaps these brief intros from the Internet will spark an interest in their teachings. As you can see, everything is at your discretion, even the music at the end.

Hugh Norman Ross (born July 24, 1945) is a Canadian astrophysicist, Christian apologist, and old Earth creationist.

Ross obtained his Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Toronto[1][2][3] and his B.Sc. degree in physics from the University of British Columbia.[4] He is known for establishing his own ministry in 1986, called Reasons to Believe that promotes progressive and day-age forms of old Earth creationism. Ross accepts the scientific age of the earth and the scientific age of the universe, however he rejects unguided evolution andabiogenesis as explanations for the history and origin of life.[5][6][7]

Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., (born May 16, 1952) is a Jesuit priest, philosopher, educator, author, speaker, and retired President of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Many of Fr. Spitzer’s lectures can be found on You Tube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHCisnAVrWQAug 16, 2011 This video is one I made from an MP3 download of Ravi Zacharias‘ talk called ” Ravi Answers Atheists”. He’s got his own channel at …

http://www.biography.com/people/stephen-hawking-9331710Follow the extraordinary life of Stephen Hawking on Biography.com. Learn more about his groundbreaking work and the effects of his affliction with ALS.

However, if these interesting people don’t interest you there is always good music.

 

For The Birds


Sometimes it is the smallest thing that can bring an instant smile to one’s face…like the beautiful little birds in our own gardens. Today, I pay tribute to these feathered friends who make me smile on a daily basis. That’s why this post is for the birds.

“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” Matthew 6:26