I love birds and really enjoy hearing them sing. I like watching them for a while, but if they are in one of their twitchy moods, that doesn’t relax me. Their songs and communication, though, always relax and refresh me. My friend Lee, over at Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures Plus has more gorgeous photos and more detailed information about birds than anyone else I know. You might like to visit her if you enjoy birds as well.
But the other day I came across this video of these gorgeous robins. And, I tell you, they are do darn cute that you just have to sit and watch them. So I thought I’d share the link with you and give a boost to your day.
The Word of God tells us in a number of places that the Creator cares very much for His birds, but that He cares for us even more. It’s just comforting and encouraging sometimes to sit and watch those little creatures and think about how God enjoys watching us — and watching over us — even more.
Another striking creation capture by my good friend, photographer Terry Valley.
“Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. Oh fear the Lord, you his saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him. … They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” Psalm 34:8-10
This week Lee, at Birdwatching Adventures Plus, has offered a challenge to do a post with a specific number of words for specific days, but to use only scripture. So I’m taking part as my schedule allows.
Rest for your souls.
From Matthew 11:28-29
“Come unto Me all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls.”
Behold the morning brings the message:
Jesus paid the total price.
And again at close of evening,
It is written in the sky.
Day to day with joy resounding,
Grace and mercy new supplied;
In the face of sin abounding,
All its power at once denied.
Where the heavy heart and weary,
Shadowed by the awful curse,
Suffers pain and tumult daily,
Having life with God now lost,
There the sunrise, at day’s birthing,
Spreads the scarlet of His blood,
And that same bold crimson bloodstain
Rules the sky at set of sun.
God proclaims the glad reminder
At the start and end of day:
Man can live with God forever;
With Christ’s blood the price is paid.
Today is the next to the last posting in the “Sabbath Rest Invitational” series. If you have a picture, quote, song, poem, or prose piece that represents “Rest” to you, please share it. Post on your own blog and come over here and paste the link to it in the “Comments” section below.
Tired little boys and puppy dogs do it so well.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 11: 28 “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. And in Hebrews 4:9, the Lord says, “There remaineth, therefore, a Sabbath rest unto the people of God.” The only true rest comes from the Creator of all things, through His Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Sometimes, we get so busy that we forget to spend time with Him in order to absorb His rest. I’d like to do a series of posts that will help us focus on enjoying that rest He so lovingly wants us to have.
So this post is the first in a series of posts for Sundays. I don’t call it a challenge — rather an INVITATION. If you have a photo, a graphic, a favorite scripture passage, or a short quote that represents REST to you, please share it via this “Sabbath Rest” series.
Here’s How: Simply post your photo or scripture on your own site; then hop over here to my “Sabbath Rest” post each week and paste the link to yours in the “Comments” box. That’s it. We’ll all get a chance to visit other sites and benefit from the “Rest” offered on each one.
Here’s mine for this week:
This photo, as you see from the credits, is courtesy of free-extras.com. From the moment I first saw it, it has created a rest deep within me. I appreciate the photographer’s ability to capture the essence of peace and rest, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
The sun, the moon, the stars, the planets, the galaxies;
The oceans, the rivers, the mountains, the valleys, the plains;
The trees, the flowers, the grasses, the fruit, the vegetables;
The bison, the deer, the birds, the puppies, the fish, the frogs;
The sky, the clouds, the rain, the snow, the wind so free;
The air to breathe, the scents to smell, the light to see;
He made them all
Daisies are my favorite flower in the whole world. There’s such a simplicity and purity about them that I’m thrilled by them every time I see them. That’s pretty much the way I feel about the Lord Jesus Christ. He’s so lovely and so pure that just knowing He’s with me all the time fills me with the greatest kind of pleasure I’ve ever known.
I love black and white photos, so I wanted to take part in Sonel’s challenge. This gorgeous Blue Spruce is in my front yard. I think it’s one of God’s most perfect creations.
If you’d like to participate, you can find out about the challenge on her site: