The Watchman~

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If you regularly read my blog than you know that my living room at home has 2 huge picture windows that face towards my backyard.  My backyard is surrounded with trees that regularly host hundreds of birds; eating and chatting! 🙂  The problem is that those lovely trees and my big picture windows simply don’t mix!  Over the past year I have easily scooped up 25 dead birds who assumed my windows were simply an easy way through the house! Uh~Oh!!  I have found this incredibly distressing; feeling helpless to stop this senseless harm.

Someone told me that I needed to put some kind of “bird of prey” in a visible place in my yard and that if I set it there as a “Watchman” then the birds would not feel free to enter my yard.  I couldn’t believe that this could work, but while shopping with my sister we found a big Owl with even bigger eyes; I proceeded to set it on a large table in my yard.  Since that day I’ve NOT found one bird harmed in my yard, not one! Having a presence more powerful standing guard let the birds know that this was not a choice they had the freedom to make!

This past weekend one of the pastors’ at my church did an excellent teaching on Spiritual Warfare; I have been thinking about the teaching all week.  As I looked out the window as my snow-covered owl the Lord spoke clearly to my heart.  What He was helping me to understand that as His child He stands guard as the “Watchman” over my life.  I may hear the enemy, even know that he is exist, but no enemy has the freedom to come into my “yard”.   Psalm 121:7 says,  ” The LORD will keep you from all harm– he will watch over your life;” !! I love this and the confidence it brings!!       

How about you? have you forgotten that you have protection that goes before you?  Have you worried about the enemy’s challenges, felt helpless?   Here is the truth: Greater is He than is IN us then he that is in the world! 1 John 4:4

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May you be encouraged today!

Don’t think He doesn’t hear YOU!

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The temperatures were rising as my friend and I made our way to one of the many pools at the resort where we were staying recently.  As we entered the gate we saw an adorable sight! A mama Duck and 4 daring, tiny ( days old) baby ducks! Really so cute!!    However, as I watched this sight for a short period of time I began to realize what was really going on.

This mama and her babies had been in the pool a really long time; too long.  Mama duck kept jumping up on the cement border of the pool, then turning to her babies in a sound that convinced me she was begging them to jump too.  The jump was too high, too far.  The babies were tired.

Well, my friend and I were so concerned so we used numerous methods to “try” and help them climb out on their own.  A pool float, and chair leaning into the pool, a pool noodle set as an angle that would have allowed them to simply walk out!  There was a way out and yet they stayed far away from these different pieces of equipment not realizing that they were there for there own good!!

Frustrated I sat in my lounge chair assuming that “nature” would figure a way out, I should let nature take it’s course.   I tried to ignore their constant peeping, tried not to acknowledge their attempts to climb out revealed by a tiny knowing splash! Ugh, I could not stand the thought of those little babies drowning on my watch!!

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With all the resolve I could muster I stepped into the pool determined to lift these precious little ones out of certain failure.  When they saw me coming they were so afraid, fiercely peddling those tiny feet trying desperately to get away! Didn’t they know I had a plan for their good~~ to save them???

Finally I was able to “corner” those tiny babies in my much bigger hands and lift them out to safety! Whew!  When their “feet” hit the dry pavement they scurried away into the bushes leaving the pool area! They were Free!! I was relieved.

I always consider all the life lessons around me; fiercely looking for a deeper truth hidden there and God is always faithful to reveal precious thoughts to me!!

So often we stay in unhealthy situations: relationships, jobs, or ministries because we feel we cannot find a way out. The leap seems to high, just impossible!  The Lord in His goodness often provides “escape” opportunities; ways to move out of a season that is creating undo weariness, and many times we just can’t see it! We may even see those options as something to fear! ( like the floating device the ducks “could ” have utilized but were deathly afraid of!!

We serve a compassionate God and even when we miss all the signs He will reach down and “pluck us out” of a situation and put our feet on a firmer foundation. Initially we may feel shocked or uncertain -yet hindsight will reveal the depth of His love for us!  I have seen this so many times in my life. Situations that seemed like an end was actually a fresh start on “dry ground!”.

Never imagine that your Heavenly Father is not aware of how fast you are peddling and that, like me listening to the peeps of weary babies, He misses your tears. He does not!  So I encourage you to look at your life with a fresh filter! If you recognize you are weary and a change needs to come; Trust that He is setting out tools of escape for you and if you face a dramatic ending to something unhealthy consider that with His big hands He has lifted you out of the water because His heart was breaking at your cries for help!  He can’t rest when His children weep.

Trust that if He hears you He will not leave the “pool” until He has seen you through!! He is so good.  Let that soak in! 🙂

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