The Geese are back! Silly or Smart?

Here in Colorado we get a huge influx of Canadian Geese this time of year.  They have migrated south for the winter from Canada.  And will be here till spring when they make their return flight.

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“Silly goose” is an expression, as in “Don’t be one.”  But they do some things that are quite smart for a bird  and for people too.  We can learn valuable lessons by observing them.  Here are two:

canadian-geese-1164819_6401  Travel in a group.

Not only is there safety in numbers, but the principle of flying in a V shape in the wake of the bird ahead has been proven to save a lot of energy. This allows the group to go much farther than the individuals could travel on their own.

When we pray together, encourage one another, mentor each other and work together, we can accomplish so much more than we can being loners. The Christian lifestyle is hard enough in our world today. With all the pressures and temptations, we need one another to stay on track and accountable.

geese-245636_6402  Take turns leading.

Because the lead goose literally pulls more weight than the others by being the first to break the air resistance, it tires out more quickly. So as they travel, the lead position is rotated.

The lead goose drops back to the end of the V and another in the line takes the lead. Because of the energy conserving benefit to the other geese in the V, this allows the group to go farther, faster than they could go alone.

We tend to go till we drop, burn the candle at both ends, wearing ourselves out. Especially in positions of leadership, share the responsibilities. Sure there are some things we need to do ourselves, but knowing when to simply say “no” or delegate is great wisdom.

To maintain this balance in your life, learn that there are seasons for the flow of activity. Balance refueling with expending energy to stay effective. And training up others to take our place should be part of our plan. Even if we continue in a ministry, sharing the load teaches and enriches others.

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God has placed wisdom all around us in all shapes and sizes. We can learn from everything He created. Learn from the behavior of the goose.

Then you decide – silly?  or smart?

 

 

 

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Twas the day after Thanksgiving…

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Twas the day after Thanksgiving

and all through the house

the aroma of turkey attracted a mouse.

 

 

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Leftovers were wrapped in the fridge with care

in hopes inspiration soon would be there

for all of the meals The Leftovers would bring

 

 

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and for all of the packages tied up with string

that would need to be purchased and sent on their way

to arrive at our loved ones before Christmas Day.

Our bellies still full of meal satisfaction

now have to get moving for Black Friday action.

The lines were so long and the people so scary

the prices outrageous and the parking lot hairy…

 

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When what to my wondering eyes should appear

but a coupon for half price that lasts the whole year!

 

So back to my car to my cell phone I call

I don’t have to shop on Black Friday at all!

And they heard me exclaim as I drove out of sight

Merry Christmas to all !

and a quiet Black Friday night !

 

Use your Panic Button

panic-button-1375953_640Wouldn’t it be great if we all came equipped with a “Panic Button”?

We could press our buttons to send out a message that says, “Please come quickly, I need help.”

 

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I remember when cars first came out with built-in car alarms and that button on the key fob that said “Panic.”  A small, black piece of plastic housed the advanced ability to lock and unlock your car doors from a distance, and set or set off  the alarm.

If you pressed the button a loud, fairly high-pitched sound came from the car that people all around could hear.

There have been times when I sounded the “Panic” button just for fun, and times when I needed help in locating my car in a large parking lot.  Thankfully though, I have never had a real emergency where I needed to use it to summon police or other assistance.

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But it started me thinking . . . What a wonderful gift it would be to have the assistance we need at the push of a button.

How many times have you really needed some help, but didn’t ask someone?

 Do you keep piling on responsibilities until you are at your breaking point?  A lot of us do.

Do you try and make it look like you have it all together and are in control, when nothing could be further from the truth?

Do you just collapse in a heap feeling overwhelmed and hopeless?

The truth is, we all DO have amazing resources we can use as “panic buttons.”

call-us-1817506_640More often than not, people you have met and connected with are ready and willing to help you when they can.  And it is totally OK to ask for help.

You may need practice saying the words “I really need some help.”  Or “Can you help me?”

Practice by saying it to your children. It will teach them that it’s ok to ask for help, and will also give them the joy of being able to help you.

superhero-2503808_640Practice by saying it to your husband or wife. The truth is, they WANT to help you; to be your Superman, your Wonder Woman, your hero.

Practice by saying it to a friend.  You’ll be surprised how willing people are to help you if you ask.

But your best resource is God.  In the Psalms, the Bible tells us He is our ever-present help in trouble, our refuge, our strength.  Psalm 46:1

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We need only call out to Him.   Romans 10:13 tells us For everyone who calls upon the name of the LORD will be saved. 

If you don’t have a personal relationship with God, know that He loves you, and He is waiting to hear from you.  He will not force His way into your life, but will wait for you to ask Him to come in.

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You can do that in a simple prayer.  Prayer is just talking to God.  Sometimes out loud, sometimes silently in your heart.  You can do it on your own, any time, and He will respond.  You can also talk to a pastor or Christian if you want to know more or have questions.

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As our Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ knows what we need, and is waiting to be asked for His help.  We are also told that He grants wisdom to all who ask in faith for it, and that when we call on Him, He will answer us and tell us great and marvelous things which we do not know.

He has resources that we can’t even imagine.  And He wants to give us good things.  He has a plan for our lives, to prosper us and not to harm us; to give us a hope and a future.

It’s OK to call for help. Ask friends, they will respond to you.

Push your button.

Call on the Lord.

He will answer.

Look back – Look ahead

birthday-669968_640Usually my birthday is a time I choose to look back on my year and take stock of what has happened.  And look ahead to see what the next year may bring.

This is mid-year for me, but I feel the need to do some checking in on my life.

Today is my Father’s birthday.  And that seems significant. It’s his first year to spend his birthday in heaven.

We used to talk about what it’s like when you die. Especially after my mother passed. Our belief is that your spirit goes to be with the Lord. And that you will experience such a great and wonderful peace as your spirit waits to be joined with a new heavenly body to return to the earth when Jesus returns.

Looking back, it has been both a painful and a joyful year.

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Painful since I was diagnosed with a rare immunosuppressive disease that came with medications that changed my lifestyle. I also lost my father’s reassuring presence here on earth.

And was diagnosed with breast cancer. Just this week had surgery to remove it.

But joyful because I spent precious time with my father at the end of his life. And I saw two sons marry the loves of their lives. And felt the love and support of so many friends as I dealt with the loss of a parent and my health.

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What has your year held?

What losses do you need to grieve and bring to God for healing?

What joys bring you a sense of satisfaction and peace?

Like the words of a praise song we sing at church, the truth of Jesus Christ in my life has been borne out.

“I will look back and see that You are faithful…I’ll look ahead, believing You are able, Jesus Lord of all.”

How has God been faithful to you this year?

What do you need to rely on Him to be able to do in your life?

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He is able, and He is willing.

So many of His promises reiterate just that.  Open up God’s Word, the Bible.  Let His promises speak to you, give you hope.

 

“Do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

I am praying you will listen for God’s voice in your life.  And hear it. Through scripture.  Through prayer.  Through nature.  And through your circumstances.

Whatever your challenge – a Word from the Lord

Isaiah 60:1-2

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“Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. 

See, darkness covers the earth

and thick darkness is over the peoples,

but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”

It is time not only to be brave,

enduring all that is happening to you,

but to take action,

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to FIGHT!

To be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power

Put on the full armor of God and take your stand.

His armor is the best

And He has already prepared you to meet this enemy.

The battle is the Lords!

Sometimes in the battle, we need only stand and see the deliverance of the Lord.  Like when God parted the Red Sea for Moses and killed Pharaoh’s army. Sometimes we need to take a step of faith like when the flood stage of the Jordan River didn’t stop until the priests stepped into the water.  Other times we actually have to put on the armor and join in the battle like the many times the Israelites had to fight for the land the Lord was giving them.

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Arise and Shine!

And give God the glory!!