Christian Chicks and Mama Ducks {Faith Life Preservers-Day 15}


“‘If you can’?” said Jesus.
“Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Mark 9:23

I am leaving the church Sunday feeling full of God and loved all through to my inner most parts, when I am stopped by a Sister in Christ who is is determined to give me a word of encouragement.
She asks how our family is doing and holds my arms seeking my eyes with firm gentleness.
I glance at the car, see my hubby, daughter and her friend waiting.
They know when we Christian chicks pause to talk, well there is no stopping us.
She holds me fast.
She asks if she has ever shared the story of the ducks with me?
Um, no. I know she hasn’t, and am remembering the dad who is picking up
his daughter after church at our house.
 I’m all ears, waiting to hear what she will say.
We live close by and after all,
 it’s good to pause when wisdom taps you on
the shoulder and asks to whisper in your ear.

She tells me of a difficult season she had with her own daughter 
and how she was driving on the highway one day, when she noticed a traffic jam.
As she strains to see what all of the commotion is over, she catches the 
cause of gridlock in her view.
Before her eyes, stopping traffic,
is a mama duck leading her ducklings across the lanes of now stopped traffic.
She speaks fast and clear that God spoke to her clearly that day.
That the Mama Duck walked and the baby ducks followed. 
She said God’s message was that she should keep walking
stand firm and believe without looking back.
It was a message of trusting God and believing for what is to be, 
though is not yet.

You see lately I find myself looking back a lot to the times when
things were different.
 Sometimes when we look back, we don’t see clearly, friends.
Pain, difficult circumstances and suffering can blur our vision.

I confess:
I am Israel, looking back fearfully at Pharaoh’s fierce army, pursuing hard.
I am Israel, angry with God for the miracle I can’t see yet.
I am Israel cursing and questioning why I have been led to this place in the desert to die.
I am Israel doubting my God is good. 
Yet these same people witnessed God destroy the enemy that pursued them.
I am Israel and I bow down to the same God they sang to on that day.
I am Israel and I hope in The One True Living God,
who revealed His fullness in a man,
Yehoshua (יהושע).

I needed that message of hope and encouragement, friend.
Perhaps you need it too.
Have you ever received the gift of an encouraging word
that planted hope in your heart at the time 
you needed it (even if you did not know you needed it!)
from a sister in Christ or fellow mom?
We Christian chicks and mothers need to find other 
 mama ducks who might benefit from a word in season 
or promise of hope. 

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, 
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Mark 9:24
A Faith Life Preserver is an act, kind deed, word or anything
that keeps your faith from sinking. It is a sighting, an unexpected gift,
a gentle but needed reproach, a prayer.

31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012
See all other Faith Life Preserver Posts HERE.
Check out all of the other 
31 Day Topics and Bloggers HERE!

The Promise Of A New Name

 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. 
To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, 
and I will give him a white stone, 
with a new name written on the stone that no one knows 
except the one who receives it.’

Revelation 2:17

Some days I really long for the hidden manna, He promises.
I am grateful for the grace, truth and provision in the present moment.
But I long for my new name, white stone and the promises to come.
He is faithful to keep His promises. 
I place my trust fully on Him and the promises to be revealed.
Now and forever. 
Linking up with:

How Vacations Are Like Heaven

The view I will look out at from the window of The Sunset  Cabin
I’ve been looking forward to our family 
vacation very much this year. 
We will visit Maine for one week. 

The beach
I am feeling a little like I 
need to recharge my batteries… 
Mountains surrounding Webb Lake
Do you ever feel that way? 
Beautiful, yes?
  This will be our third year visiting Weld, Maine.
We have fallen in love with this beautiful place. 
Our rocky shore
The way I have been looking forward to this vacation,
 reminds me a little of how we look forward to Heaven…

See the long window and smaller one to the right  (not tree view)
 – they overlook the lake and mountains!
We carry the thought and hope of it in our hearts. 
Back of our cabin and sheds
We look forward to enjoying our loved ones,
free of the stress of daily living and distraction. 
The owners of the eight cabins are sweet and kind! This is the smallest cabin.
Most of them are huge, able to hold large families comfortably with porches and
two floors etc.
We anticipate joy, and good things to come, 
although we do not know exactly all of the details. 
Pulling up to bliss…
opposite side of our vacation haven!
Knowing our destination allows us to press on in the present moment knowing we can count on the fulfillment and 
promise of what is to come.

“No eye has seen,
    no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
    what God has prepared for those who love him”
1 Corinthians 2:9

Take Heart

Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”

 “You believe at last!” Jesus answered. “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

 “I have told you these things, 
so that 
in me 
you may have peace.
 In this world 
you will have trouble. 
take heart
I have overcome the world.”

Take heart my friends, He has overcome. 
Let us not be surprised by the trouble he said we would have 
but instead let us look full well at Him-
for He has overcome!
Have a blessed Sunday!

Linking with:

And these lovely friends- the more the merrier- Join in!

Faith that Tries Not

Do or do not. There is no “try”.

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. 
Titus 3:4-5

I sent a quick heads up to some of my prayer partners through e-mail; I wanted a confirmation that each of them would be available and ready to pray together on our designated day. One response came back and looked like it had been quickly sent off.
   ” I will try to make it…”
I thought to myself, try? 
What does this mean?
 It really got me thinking about commitment, faith and calling.
First of all, I want to say that this is in no way a judgement on anyone as in reality, the person who sent that particular note made it and we had a blessed and needed time of prayer. Also there are times and circumstances that we are committed to a ministry or cause but in reality cannot be where we are called to be and that is all in God’s hands. But the fact is the response prompted a few thoughts and caused me to examine myself and I wanted to share those thoughts here with you, whatever the worth. 

I love the way Yoda tells Luke in this wonderful scene in Star Wars how he must unlearn what he has learned. 

I have found so much of my own life of faith has been, after all, a great UN learning.

So much of what had been helpful to survive childhood trauma had to be released.
Former strengths became strongholds as my spiritual formation began to take hold in this life.
Wrestling with God over who would determine the course of blessing, ultimately sitting on the throne in the chamber of my heart, brought injury to myself and others. Learning to trust and submit came at a cost that was deemed necessary pain in the unlearning process. Learning to rely on Him alone by grace alone, through faith alone, seems easy enough to say, but is harder to live by, as Satan pursues those who are marked for Kingdom service. But He who is in each of those called is stronger than he who is in the world.
How often do I step forward in places He calls me and shrink back after 
I look at what I am doing or where I am? 

It has caused me to stumble in ministry and my walk more than once. 
Even after stepping out and feeling sea spray on my face, water beneath my feet, 
and sensing a glimmer of the great Glory before me. 
How I step out in Faith, fully confident of Him who calls, 
but let one tine dart come my way and instead of standing firm I cower, 
run, shrink back, get sidetracked with temporal things. 
Ultimately, I make the mistake that many make at one time or another this side of eternity.
I take my eyes off the Master. I forget His promises. 
I forget what He has spoken in our sweet times of fellowship and intimacy.
I ‘m dropping my jaw at Peter for his impulsiveness, his cowardly denial, 
his bold proclamations and fears. 
And ashamed that I am Peter on His worst days.
I’m wagging my finger at the Pharisees, picking up stones to hurl at my brethren,
because of the perceived shortcomings I see and lack of Christian love, 
and tripping on my own long tassels. 
I’m an Israelite hot on the trail of The Promised Land, forgetting slavery as 
I recall the delicacies from days past.
So how do we turn our eyes back on to the one who is faithful?
Here are 4 ways I considered.
1. Recognize
it is you who have strayed from God; God has not changed. 
A wise friend said to me once when I was in a backslidden state: “Dawn, God has not gone anywhere. But you have.” I was not very happy when he said these words, but he was right. I would have done well to heed those words immediately; instead I wrote a few choice descriptions of him in my journal. 
Later, I recognized God had used this friend to speak truth. 

Once you were like sheep who wandered away. 
But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls. 
1 Peter 2:25

2. Readjust Your Trust
Once you recognize you are the one who is offtrack, get back on track.
As one very fine friend said to me, “Do what you did before”. 
That was actually a biblical principal. In that the returning was to the simple acts of obedience and trust I had done as a “baby” Christian. It’s amazing how many “good” things can get Christians out of the will of God. 

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.  
2 Thessalonians 3:3

3. Return
to the Everlasting Arms of the one who will never fail, leave or forsake you. There is nothing more beautiful than learning firsthand the graciousness of God. Except that once you receive it you know how to give it. Therein is the key and last important component of our turning back.

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. 
Deuteronomy 33:27
4. Remember 
His amazing love, grace and mercy towards you. In doing this, you are empowered to lavish it on others. Do likewise and be wise!

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 
  But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 
Ephesians 4:1-3, 7

So the next time you are tempted to say, “I’ll try”…
Try not!

Dear Lord, Jesus, I am incapable of anything worthwhile apart from your saving grace, mercy and everlasting Love. Thank you for being faithful, even unto death on a cross, that I might live the life you have called me to. By your power, for your glory, learning as one who is blind, naked, wretched and poor, I ask for the riches of your wisdom and rejoice in your truth. Lavish us with your love that we might know what it means to love…by your example; though it cost us everything. We know it is the way to freedom now and forever. Amen.

I am linking up this particular inspired post with Create With Joy’s
Inspire Me Monday!
Have a wonderfully inspiring week!

Previous Older Entries

Disclosure Policy

%d bloggers like this: