Now what's better than to spend a lazy summer day, even if it's slightly interupted by a rain storm, with a Prim Friend? Absolutely Nothing!
Yesterday Danny-Boy and I took a treak out to see Patti from "The Brickhouse Craft Store" We had a wonderful time just sitting and chatting on "The Porch" while Howie and Danny-Boy had a great time playing together.
For anyone who hasn't done so yet, you MUST get out to see Patti at her shop! She has such great things and I even got a preview of what just arrived for the fall. They look MUCH better in person than in the photos she put up on her blog. She and Tim are also cooking up a batch of some wonderful new bird houses and get ready for the to-die-for yummy smells from the candle tarts she just made! I can't wait to get out there again once the Harvest Season arrives to see what other goodies she has in the shop then.
Patti, thanks for the wonderful afternoon and I'll see you again in the Fall!
Today as I was cleaning the house I happened to look out the patio doors only to see a large crow beating up a small little sparrow by the bird feeders. As I opened the door to go out and chase off the offender, he picked up the little sparrow and attempted to fly off with it.
As I approached the little sparrow on the ground I could see that it was still breathing and flapping it's wings so I went inside got some gloves and went back out to pick the little poor bird up and bring it inside to try and administer some first aid to the poor little thing. I placed some newspaper in an old bird cage I had and added some bird seed and water and then gently placed the tiny bird in the cage and helped it drink some water.
Unfortunately, after a few sips of water the wounds this little bird suffered proved to be too much for it to overcome and as I watched and petted and tried to calm it it quietly chirped to me as if to say "thank you" and then breathed it's last breath and went off to meet it's creator, God Our Father.
I actually cried when this tiny bird passed and a flood of emotions overcame me. We live in a turbulent world these days and I myself have been going through some trying times these past 16 months since I lost my job due to the current economic climate. There have been many nights I've sat up and worried about the future - will I be able to pay the mortgage, put food on the table, pay the bills that seem to come due just as it seems I've just finished paying them for the previous month - and I admit I have missed church more than a few times as I question why God has allowed this to happen to me.
As this cascade of emotions overcame me I suddenly remembered the passage from the bible that explains that if God in Heaven takes the time to watch over even the tiny Sparrow, then surely He will watch over me. I was made in His image and therefore that must mean that I am even more valuable to Him than the Sparrow.
For you see, that passage in the bible proves that Our Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us.... We each are special to Him and there isn't a circumstance in our life that He doesn't know about. You may feel insignificant just like the Sparrow. Feel that you don't matter to anyone, that no one would notice if you just disappeared. Well God would notice. Just as He sees when the Sparrow falls, He sees when we fall too. He wants to pick us up and hold us close, He wants to tell us that He loves us.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you that you love me, even when I don't deserve it. Thank you that you sent your Son Jesus to die for me. Thank you that because Jesus died, I can receive your forgiveness and a place is reserved for me in Heaven. I now ask you to forgive me for all of my wrongdoings, with your help I will turn away from them and I will endeavor to follow the plan You have for me. I now trust and receive Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and I thank you that you love me,and that YOU think I am special. Amen.
It was a powerful message God was sending me right there and then and there and I have to say that there is definitely something to be said about the saying "God works in mysterious ways"