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Monday, July 20, 2015

When You Just Need a Bluebird

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She had birthed her babies in the safest place possible.

Hand-built with love...used for decades of spring and summer seasons...the birdhouse was a haven for bluebird families.

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Unreachable by cats, snakes, and other predators...her nest was secure.

One evening, winds from the north tore down southward...trees bending, snapping, falling...buckets of rain pouring...and the metal pole that supported the birdhouse swayed.

She comforted her young ones and assured them they were safe and protected and that she would be right there with them...thru the storm.

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Suddenly, the wind force was so strong that the top of the birdhouse flew back on the hinge and the nest was exposed to the driving elements...and everything else.

Mama bluebird did what she knew she had to do...spreading her wings to completely cover her babies...she became a shield of protection...all...night...long.

Morning came and still her tired body and wings lay across her little ones...risking her life for theirs...never forsaking...

What sacrificial love from a tiny bluebird of happiness...

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**Sigh**

Such a sweet story...

but if you are storm soaked and the night is endless and sometimes the furthest thing from your mind is where happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow...

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Then remember this...

On that day that was dark

with boulders crashing

graves opening

and sacred veils ripping from powers unseen...

with

life blood dripping from His wounds

living water pouring from His side

arms stretched wide from east to west...

He became
the impenetrable shield
between the child
and the storm...

His blood covers everything

as sacrificial love that never fails...

conquers the darkness

and brings JOY

that can’t be defined with words

but must be experienced with the heart...

and that outshines

the rainbows 

stars

and sun...

That’s where I want to fly, Dorothy... 

That is what the Scriptures mean
when they say,
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him
.” 

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Best Thing in the World

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Just a few months after the world was introduced to a galaxy far, far, away and Elvis sang “Hound Dog” for the last time,

I heard your voice say, I do
and watched your dimples imply that being a husband was the
best thing in the world.

Three years later...

I heard your voice shout I have a son!”
and watched your strong arms hold him ever so gently and show that being a dad was the
best thing in the world.

Fast forward 25 years later and...

I heard your voice declare, I have a granddaughter!
and watched your blue eyes hint that she had already stolen your heart and that being a Papa was the
best thing in the world.

For many years I have heard and watched...

I heard your regrets over missing out on so many events while our children were young, while I watched you work so very hard and do anything necessary to make sure we always had what we needed...

I heard your complaints (and your laughter) about your brothers and their antics, and I watched your heart break when they were taken so soon...

I heard your frustrations voiced every day because of a body that just wouldn’t do what you wanted it to do, as I watched the effects of years of hard work and crippling arthritis take their toll..

I heard your cries of pain in the night and watched our snowy white little girl climb up and rest her paws on your chest and stare at your face until you said that you were okay.

For 36 years I have heard and watched.

And today, my love,

I hear

two hearts in rhythm

and I watch

a lifetime of love grow deeper and sweeter than mere words can describe.

You are the best thing in my world!

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“Love never ends:
it wakes up every day determined to do it all over again.”


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