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

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“‘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.
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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).
Jesus.
Messiah.

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 Lesson of The Lunchbox

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Galatians 5:13

While enjoying a lovely meal with two other Christian couples recently, the conversation somehow turned to lunch. Now, I am not sure how or why the discussion took this route but I once it did, I began to have a slow revelation, followed by a lesson to ponder as well! 
The home was beautiful, the company divine and the food was fine. The conversation flowed and I felt blessed to be with these friends. Both of the women in my company that night were women I would say are admirable by any standard. I happen to have had the privilege to pray regularly with one of them, who also is a gifted business women, spirit-filled believer and has served as Co-Leader in ministry with me. The other would be described as brilliant and successful. She amazes us with her ability to multi -task  both in and out of the home and may I add she could defend the world with one giant leap and a word (is called in to Washington for advice/wisdom in her area of expertise). So as I sit and enjoy their presence, the turn happens and suddenly we are talking lunch. 
As in the fact that I make my husband his lunch every day for work.

Now those of you who know me or follow me, know that I am a Rebel Christian Chick and far from the sweet, gentle, domestic bird I am yet to be. Yet, there are a couple of things my husband really does appreciate that I do. One is making his lunch…and this radical behavior caused quite an uprising at that table that evening as the jaws dropped and confessions were spoken. “You make him lunch? How non-traditional!” Is it ironic making a husband’s lunch…ie. serving him is not considered the norm? Now, let me say this- these are Christian women. Both do have careers but also a reverence for God. The chuckle I got was because here I was, Ms. Not Very Traditional  Christian Chick, suddenly the most old- fashioned, totally traditional June Cleaver at the table. Ha and hardy ha, God and I chuckled. 
Now, let me tell you how this one thing has been the most surprising testimony you could ever imagine. This one very small act of service which was instigated, early in my marriage, by a dear friend who opened her mouth and uttered the same words, over dinner, the first year my hub and I tied the knot. “I make him his lunch every day.” she said. Me still being in a state of shock over the whole submission element of marriage almost fainted dead on. Yet it was early in my marriage. I was daring, reckless and ready to tackle anything to be The Proverbs 31 Woman, I knew God wanted me to be… or at least I was willing to try. I mean really what did I know? If the truth be known I wanted to choke her right then and there. But I refrained, because that’s what friends do. Besides…despite my fleshly resistance I really did want to be a good wife. Somewhere very deep inside. Sigh. 
So there I was inducted into a world of lunch making women. 
A dying breed, bordering on extinction apparently.
At first I did it a bit reluctantly. Then I began to get my groove. Soon, this one little act of service was the talk of the lunchroom where my husband works. 
Daily, his employees and co-workers longingly check in. 
“What did your wife pack you today?”
“Your wife packs you lunch every day?”
Day in and day out, he is the focus of attention, object of jealousy, 
admiring comments and endless curiosity.
God began to teach this Chick over time, 
that He can indeed use the smallest act of service to bring glory to Himself.
He surprised me, by showing me that He is indeed working in me. 
And that my friends is very good news!
All because of a lunchbox.


“For who has despised the day of small things?
But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel– these are the eyes of the LORD which range to and fro throughout the earth.”
Zechariah 4:10
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