February’s Musings – #Write28days Challenge

Lady siting on a park bench gazing at a pond

Week 1 – Disappointed, Enthusiasm, Learn, Make, Sunrise, Awe, Emphasis

Week 2 – Exasperated, Energize, Predicament, Argument, Once, Awestruck, Creativity

Week 3 – Habit, Serendipity, Profession, Experience, Observant, Peaceable, Recuperate

Week 4 – Resemble, Perception, Persistent, Patience, Enable, Hibernate, Perceive

February 1st – Disappointed

Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines disappointed as defeated of expectation, hope, desire, or design; frustrated.

Yesterday, I ventured out into the cold weather to feed and water my ring-neck doves. My son accompanied me so that he could assist me in repairing one of the perches which had fallen overnight. To our surprise, when I put my hand on the side of the bird cage, the whole top half separated from the bottom half of the side wall.

Wow! We were shocked and disappointed that the plastic zip-ties we used on the rabbit wire atrium only lasted two years. The plastic zip-ties appeared to be disintegrating. We added more plastic zip-ties as a temporary fix.

Though disappointed that the heavy-duty plastic zip-ties which were supposed to be weather resistant were found deteriorating, I think our solution to replace the plastic zip-ties with metal J-Clips in the near future gave us the ability to overcome this disappointment.

In life, we encounter surprises which can cause us to be disappointed, but when we find a solution to the predicament, then we can move past the obstacle that disappoints us.

Quotes About Disappointment

But you know that disappointment is just the action of your brain readjusting itself to reality after discovering things are not the way you thought they were. ~Brad Warner

Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it. ~Eliza Tabor

References:

Seale, Quincy. Quotes About Disappointment. Published March 21, 2012 and updated May 1, 2020. Retrieved February 1, 2021, from https://www.keepinspiring.me/quotes-about-disappointment/

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Retrieved February 1, 2021, from http://webstersdictionary1828.com/

February 2nd – Enthusiasm

Wikipedia states, “Enthusiasm is intense enjoyment, interest, or approval. The word was originally used to refer to a person possessed by God, or someone who exhibited intense piety” or humble devotion to God.

This brings worship to mind. It’s a joy to run to His throne room and praise, honor, and exalt Him who is worthy of all our heart’s devotion.

Oh Holy God – I Stay Amazed

Klaus’s song, Stay Amazed chorus illustrates our enthusiasm to pour our love out before Him:

Oh holy God I stay amazed you’re so much more than words could ever say.

Oh holy God I pour out my grace on the one who never ceases to amaze me. (Repeat)

I’m pouring out my praise on You, I’m pouring out my love on You. (Repeat)

Your Name Cannot be Overcome

And the lyrical words from Tremble cause us to declare enthusiastically:

Your name is a light that the shadows can’t deny – Your name cannot be overcome – Your name is alive forever lifted high – Your name cannot be overcome.

I Run to Your Throne Room

And the song, Throne Room causes me to humble myself before God. In my heart, I run to His Throne Room:

I run to the Throne Room – Before You, the only one – I run to the Throne Room – Before You, I’m overcome. (Repeat)

Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come! ~Revelation 4:8

And the Outro of the sweet song, Spirit of the Living God says:

Spirit of the Living God – Spirit of the Living God – We only want to hear Your voice – We’re hanging on every Word.

I pray enthusiasm in worship, praise and heart-devotion have taken on deeper meaning today.

References:

Fieldes, Mia and Jacob Sooter. Lyrics to “Spirit of the Living God.” Genius.com, Vertical Worship. Retrieved February 2, 2021, from https://genius.com/Vertical-worship-spirit-of-the-living-god-live-lyrics

Fieldes, Mia Leanne Cherie and Kim Walker-Smith. Lyrics to “Throne Room.” Musixmatch.com, 2020. Retrieved February 2, 2021, from https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Kim-Walker-Smith/Throne-Room

Fieldes, Mia, and Andres Figueroa, and Hank Bentley, and Mariah Memanus. Tremble. Essential Music Publishing, Lyric find. Retrieved February 2, 2021, from https://www.google.com/search?q=lyrics+tremble+lyric+find&oq=lyrics+tremble+lyric+find&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i10i160.8319j1j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Kuehn, Klaus, and Robert Quintana, and Jamie Birkenfield. Lyrics to “Stay Amazed.” Musixmatch.com, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2021, from https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Klaus/Stay-Amazed

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Wikipedia. Retrieved February 1, 2021, from https://en.wikipeida.org/wiki/Enthusiasm

February 3rd – Learn

Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines learn, “To gain or receive knowledge; to receive instruction; to acquire knowledge or ideas of something before unknown.”

Last year, I retired from 26 years of teaching-at-home. Teaching and learning go hand-in-hand. I am a lifelong learner and enjoy researching, discovering and understanding new areas of intrigue or investigating deeper into old areas of interest.

Noah Webster wisely stated, “It is much easier to learn what is right, than to unlearn what is wrong.” We can all agree with him on that statement! My husband taught his last student driver this past summer and it is definitely easier to teach someone to drive correctly, than to have to undo bad habits and retrain them in safety procedures. It is good to learn and it is good to impart what we know to those around us.

Just as we learn and grow in the natural, let us continue to learn from the Master Teacher. God is a patient, loving and kind instructor who has given us His Holy Spirit to aid us in our learning.

6 Scriptures on Teaching and Learning

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. (Psalm 32:8)

All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. (Isaiah 54:13)

It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me [Jesus]. (John 6:45)

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I said to you. (John 14:26)

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:12)

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Let us teach what we know, and be life-long learners who grow in wisdom. And let us sit, walk and run with the Master Teacher, continuing to learn from His vast wisdom, knowledge, understanding and counsel.

References:

New American Standard Bible, © Copyright 1960, 1971, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Retrieved February 1, 2021, from http://webstersdictionary1828.com/

February 4th – Make

Let us make ourselves available to God. I appreciate the words of David in Psalm 139, “O Lord, You have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.”

He is Greater and Mightier

I am so thankful that the One who made us is greater in knowledge, mightier in strength, and boundless in love. Psalm 139 states, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”

God knits us in our mother’s womb in the natural, then He makes us new when we come to Him, surrendering all. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

We can acknowledge God made us; we can even acknowledge that He can make us new; but do we trust Him to lead us into areas unknown to us? The song, You Make Me Brave resounds with the chorus:

You make me brave – You make me brave – You call me out beyond the shore into the waves – You make me brave – You make me brave – No fear can hinder now the promises you made

I believe this song is about surrendering everything to God, following where His Holy Spirit leads us, and refusing to bow to fear. He who made us is trustworthy. He is Faithful and True.

Cook, Amanda. Lyrics to “You Make Me Brave.” LyricFind. Retrieved February 2, 2021, from https://www.google.com/search?q=you+make+me+brave+lyrics&oq=you+make+me+brave&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j46i67j0i395l2j0i20i263i395j0i395j46i395j69i60.6930j1j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

New American Standard Bible, © Copyright 1960, 1971, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

February 5th – Sunrise

Sunrise of the Soul

Sunrise of the soul – Awaken to the dawn – Breaking free from darkness – Unshackled from chains

O Mighty Lamb of God – For sinners slain – Blood shed for sinner’s deeds – Darkness extinguished by His Blood

Resurrected Lord – Breaking every chain – Shackles removed – Prisoners set free

Lion of Judah – Roaring in the night – A soul of freedom – To desperate souls

Oh weary wanderer – Run to the Light – The Son of God – Is the Father’s Lamp

No need for the sun – No moon for light – Son of God – Is our Eternal Light

Savior of the World – We receive Your Love – Co-heirs with Christ – Redeeming One

Oh hallelujah – Oh praise His Name – Sin, death and the grave are defeated – Hallelujah, we are redeemed

Arise oh soul – For the Son has set you free – Like the sunrise of old – You can shine for you are His

February 6th – Awe

The Awe in Awesome God

Awe is a “reverential fear.” “On Robert Plutchik wheel of emotions, awe is modeled as a combination of surprise and fear.” It reminds me of a song from 1988, called Awesome God by Rich Mullins. The chorus says, “Our God is an awesome God – He reigns from heaven above – With wisdom, power, and love – Our God is an awesome God.”

7 Scriptures of Our Awesome God

Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. ~Psalm 33:8

They who dwell at the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the sunrise and the sunset shout for joy. ~Psalm 65:8

Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of mankind. ~Psalm 66:5

God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God! ~Psalm 68:35

May they praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He. ~Psalm 99:3

He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. ~Psalm 111:9

People will speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of Your greatness. ~Psalm 145:6

“Awesome God Lyrics.” Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Retrieved February 6, 2021, from https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/943490

New American Standard Bible, © Copyright 1960, 1971, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Retrieved February 4, 2021, from http://webstersdictionary1828.com/

Wikipedia. [Robert Plutchik wheel of emotions] Retrieved February 4, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awe

February 7th – Emphasis

Emphasis is “special importance, value, or prominence given to something.” In our home, we have been gathering supplies for germinating seeds indoors. Special emphasis has been placed on preparing everything for gardening success.

In approximately six weeks, we will transplant into gardening pots. We have done straw bale gardening in the past, but are planting in containers this year. It is cold outside, but let the emphasis be it is springtime in our hearts and in our little miniature greenhouses where seeds are germinating.

Google’s English Dictionary is provided by Oxford Languages. Retrieved February 6, 2021, from https://www.google.com/search?q=emphasis&oq=emphasis&aqs=chrome..69i57j35i39l2j0i20i263i433j0i67i433j69i60l3.1400j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Gardening Resources:

We purchased organic vegetable seeds from www.Parkseed.com

We purchased Asmind 10 pack Seeds Starter Trays Seedling Tray from Amazon. It has 10 trays with 12 cells each which will allow us to germinate 120 seeds. It has the base tray, seed trays, and a little dome with adjustable vent. We are pleased with the quality and the price.

We purchased the Alphatool 30 piece 40mm Compressed Coco Coir Fiber Potting Soil for germinating our seeds in the seedling trays from Amazon. It has 30 pieces, it is organic, sterile and easy to use.

Week 2 – Exasperated, Energize, Predicament, Argument, Once, Awestruck, Creativity

February 8th – Exasperated

Our little Yorkshire terrier has a great personality. He enjoys sitting in our lap, sitting by the fireplace, and playing fetch with his little cloth newspaper dog toy. His only negative feature is he potties fifty percent of the time in the correct site and fifty percent of the time under the dining room table. His pottying under the dining room table has led to more than one family member being exasperated.

February 9th – Energize

Our family uses the Fitbit app to help keep us energized and active. Several family members have a goal of 2k steps a day, other family members have a goal of 10k steps a day, but we spur one another for movement. We participate in the workweek hustle which ranks us according to our total steps for the week. A little healthy competition energizes us each day to persevere in exercise.

February 10th – Predicament

What an interesting predicament! A comfortable sixty-eight degrees, t-shirt and shorts one day; an icy twenty-two degrees the following day. Long pants were a must! The fireplace was a bonus.

The north side of the house accumulated so much ice, I had to move our duck to the south side of the house where it is ice free. Due to a wind-chill of nine degrees, I must take boiling hot water outside several times a day to defrost the ducks water, the dove’s water in the bird atrium, and the wild birds’ birdbath. The icy weather is quite a predicament, but this too shall pass.

February 11th – Argument

There are arguments for and against intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting which involves a limited time of normal eating; paired with an extended time of no calorie intake. Most people eat 4-8 hours, then abstain from food for 16-20 hours. However, there is a wide variety in the ratio of food vs non-calorie intake.

Some do intermittent fasting by days i.e. eating for two days, then fasting one day. This method is quite controversial as some consider this extreme because it places the body in starvation mode.

I have found doing a green smoothie for breakfast (spinach, kale, celery, pineapple) and eating a regular lunch with no dinner works best for me. I feel more energized when I don’t eat supper. A side benefit is I lost the weight I gained after moving from the country to the city. No arguments please! I think this works best for me – a country girl who now lives in the city.

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February 12th – Once

Once upon a time, a young girl walked the forest horse trails. Though the horses were long gone, their foot-path remained behind as evidence of their many walks from the watering source in the woods to the open hay field where they grazed.

Once, I met a horse face-to-face. After silent eye contact, the horse turned around and ran to the neighbor’s property. Following him, I found loose fence wire and a wary horse innocently chomping grass on his side of the fence.

Once my brother arrived home from school, he fixed the loose wire and I continued to walk the foot-path – alone with God. It’s a beautiful memory from my childhood; walking the foot-path while talking with the Creator of the Universe who was (and still is!) intimately acquainted with every step I take.

February 13th – Awestruck

The song, I Stand In Awe by Sovereign Grace comes to mind. The chorus proclaims God’s worthiness. It states: And I stand, I stand in awe of You – I stand, I stand in awe of You – Holy God, to whom all praise is due – I stand in awe of You.

Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines awestruck as, “Impressed or struck with awe.” I think this song’s chorus captures being awestruck with God.

References:

http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/awestruck

I Stand In Awe by Sovereign Grace Praise. Songwriter is Mark Altrogge. Source: Musixmatch. Retrieved February 14, 2021 from https://www.google.com/search?q=i+stand+i+stand+in+awe+of+you+lyrics&oq=i+stand+i+stand+in+awe+of+you+lyrics&aqs=chrome..69i57j0j0i22i30l8.7138j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

February 14th – Creativity

Creativity is such an interesting concept. Webster’s 1828 dictionary states creativity is, “Having the power to create, or exerting the act of creation; as creative fancy; creative power.” My youngest daughter is very creative. She paints spectacular pictures on canvas; makes beautiful Autumn wreaths and amazing Christmas wreaths; and is currently using her Christmas gift of gel nail polish to create new designs on our nails.

She has painted our nails with pink hearts for Valentine’s Day, police flags to support our law enforcement community, polka dots, stripes, watermelons, etc. I didn’t realize so much could be done on a person’s nails.

My oldest daughter allows my youngest daughter to create a new design on her fingernails each week. Being a little older, I only allow my toe nails to be done in abandoned creativity. Creativity reigns at different levels in the young and the old.

Reference: http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/creative

Week 3 – Habit, Serendipity, Profession, Experience, Observant, Peaceable, Recuperate

February 15th – Habit

Webster’s 1828 dictionary states, “A disposition or condition of the mind or body acquired by custom or a frequent repetition of the same act. Habit is that which is held or retained, the effect of frequent repetition. Hence we speak of good habits or bad habits.”

When our children were young, we trained them to make up their beds as soon as they woke up. The few that waited until later because they resided in an upper bunk-bed, made their bed as soon as breakfast was finished. Making our beds at the beginning of the day was a great habit that has served us well.

We also trained our children in the habit of carrying our dishes from the table to the sink after each meal. Wikipedia states, “Habit formation is the process by which a behavior, through regular repetition, becomes automatic or habitual.” Our children would never think of getting up from the table and walking off. They have formed the habit of cleaning up their dishes and of helping to put food away after each meal. It is a great to form the habit of consideration and service of others.

Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Our children also formed the habit of seeking God first. This training began with family devotions, then grew into individual quiet times with family devotions. Training our children to seek God is the best habit we can teach them.

References:

http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/habit

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habit

World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.

February 16th – Serendipity

Wikipedia states, “Serendipity is an unplanned fortunate discovery. Serendipity is a common occurrence throughout the history of product invention and scientific discovery. Serendipity is also seen as a potential design principle for online activities that would present a wide array of information and viewpoints, rather than just re-enforcing a user’s opinion.” May we have amazing serendipity in the coming days.

Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serendipity

February 17th – Profession

With Valentine’s Day, many make a profession or open declaration of love. C.S. Lewis talks about The Four Loves:

1) Storage or familial love – according to C.S. Lewis this is a dependency-based loved. Valentine’s Day would see children’s profession of love through a heart-shaped card or parent’s profession of love through a teddy bear or a heart-shaped container of chocolates to their children.

2) Philia or love between friends – this bond is based on common values, interests or activities. Friendship profession of love can be through a card, text, meal, time spent together or a gift.

3) Eros or romantic love – profession of love from a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend.

4) Agape love is the love that is not based on circumstances. “CS Lewis recognizes this selfless love as the greatest of the four loves.” Agape profession of love is found throughout the scriptures. Lamentations 3:22-23 states, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

References:

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Wikipedia. Retrieved February 14, 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Four_Loves

February 18th – Experience

This generational winter storm has given Texas quite an experience. It’s the first time in our state’s historical experience that all 254 counties have experienced a winter storm at the same time. The extensive storm coverage coupled with our windmills freezing have led to rolling power outages. It is a very unusual experience for all of us.

Reimer, David. An Important Message from the Texas Storm Chasers Regarding the Unfolding Generational Winter Storm. www.texasstormchasers.com, February 14, 2021. Retrieved February 14, 2021, from: https://texasstormchasers.com/2021/02/14/an-important-message-from-the-texas-storm-chasers-regarding-the-unfolding-generational-winter-storm/

February 19th – Observant

“Taking notice; being carefully attentive; being a diligent observer.” I confess to being a people watcher. I enjoy observing how people process, think, and enjoy life. Sitting near a quiet pond at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, I observe small children in the nearby butterfly garden. Standing still, they quietly hope a little butterfly will land near them. When a butterfly complies with their little heart’s desire, their faces reflects the awe and wonder of the moment. Priceless.

Turning my gaze to the small pond, I see two middle-school boys leaning over the water, quietly observing the Koi fish swimming just below the surface of the water.

Continuing to sweep the environment with my eyes, I observe an elderly lady resting on a park bench. Her eyes closed, she seems to be absorbing the bird sounds. I close my eyes momentarily and join her. Yes, my ears ‘tune-in’ to the various chirps, bird songs, and even the water fountain bubbling. I savor the moment with God and His beautiful creation. And I savor the moment with fellow pilgrims in the journey of life, though I don’t know them by name, I appreciate them for beholding His beauty all around them.

I want to cultivate being observant. I want to observe God, His People, and His creation and savor the moment with Him.

Reference:

http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary

February 20th – Peaceable

The countryside is such a peaceable place. I enjoy gazing across pastures shrouded in fog with grass covered in the morning’s dew. When the cows step out of the fog, it is if they are stepping out of a curtain and onto a stage. Time seems to stand still.

The wrens, mourning doves and cardinals emerge from the sky, dropping into my morning sanctuary to investigate the flowerbeds for potential food. They do not see me on the porch swing. Everything is peaceable and undisturbed.  

When they discover my presence, we dwell together in harmony, each observing the other – me from the perch of my porch swing, and they from the perch of the barbed wire fence, the picket fence or the flower beds. We peacefully enjoy one another’s company until one of the children open the door and calls, “Breakfast is ready! Time to eat!” My official day has begun, but I will carry this peaceable memory of this moment alone with God throughout my day.

February 21st – Recuperate

Recuperating from Covid-19 seems to vary from person-to-person, but the one symptom which seems to be consistent with every recovering patient is fatigue. Allowing the needed time for rest and healing is a must for full recuperation. Please allow any family members to rest, heal and fully recuperate, showing support by covering their household chores and giving loving affirmation for their well being.

Week 4 – Resemble, Perception, Persistent, Patience, Enable, Hibernate, Perceive

February 22nd – Resemble

Webster’s 1828 dictionary states, “To have the likeness of; to bear the similitude of something, either in form, figure or qualities; to liken; to compare; to represent as like something else.”

As Christians, we deeply desire to resemble Jesus. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.”

Prayer: Lord, we desire to gaze upon the beauty of who You are that we might reflect Your love, Your grace, Your kindness and Your wisdom to each one we come in contact with here on earth. We give You permission to transform us into Your image that we might resemble You. And in accordance with Romans 12, we desire to present our bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to You, which is our spiritual service of worship. And we do not desire to be conformed to this world, but we desire to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, so that we may prove what Your will is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Amplified Bible (AMP) copyright ©2015 by the Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631.

New American Standard Bible, © Copyright 1960, 1971, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation.

http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary

February 23rd – Perception

Last week, Texas experienced a ‘once in a generation’ snow storm. Our perception of cold grew in greater depth. We measured 8.5” in the field section next to our home and 20.5” in the drifts, so our area officially averaged 14.8” which is a first for us. In the past, we received 1-3 inches, then the sun would come out and melt it within 3-24 hours.

There were quite a few memes floating around Texas regarding this snowstorm; the funniest one to me was the meme that said, “Texans quietly remove a cruise in Alaska from their bucket list.” This meme was so perceptive of Texan’s views after we experienced a massive snowstorm. We don’t want to have anything to do with snow. Our perception of the cold and snow has definitely changed in the past seven days.

February 24th –Persistent

During our recent snowstorm, we had to be persistent in carrying extremely hot water out to the bird bath in order to melt the ice for our doves in the bird atrium and to melt the ice for the wild birds. We were persistent in doing this every 3-4 hours; yet, the water would freeze after 30 minutes. We were persistent to trudge through the snow in the yard, past the garden fence covered in ice and to the south side of the house to the bird atrium. All the doves survived the extremely cold weather, so our persistent care paid off.

February 25th – Patience

Patience brings to mind the scripture from Colossians 3, “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so must you do also. In addition to all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ, to which you were indeed called in one body, rule in your hearts; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” (Colossians 3:12-17 NASB)

Prayer: Lord, we thank you for Your peace. We choose to ‘put on’ a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and love. We choose to forgive others and to speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with an attitude of thankfulness. We choose to walk with You this day in the power of Your Holy Spirit and by Your grace. Amen.

February 26th – Enable

Enable is “to furnish with sufficient power or ability; to furnish with competent knowledge or skill.” As parents, we have attempted to enable our children through practical, emotional and spiritual training. We enable them practically by teaching them how to cook, clean, and other basic home care skills for maintaining the inside and outside of a house. We enable them emotionally by training them in basic communication skills, about basic personalities and how to resolve conflict in a healthy manner. We enable them spiritually by leading them to God through His Word, prayer, weekly fellowship with other Believers, and in daily living as an example of Christ with the fruits of the Spirit. We have never been perfect as parents, but we have enabled our children to grow in a safe environment where they can test their wings before completely flying the nest.

Reference:

http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/enable

February 27th – Hibernate

The Dr. Carson documentary we watched as a family showed conjoined twins placed into a ‘hibernation mode’ while the twins were separated during surgery. The hibernation mode bought time for the surgery to be done. When surgery was complete, the twin’s organs were ‘awakened’ to work at full capacity. Placing their bodies in hibernation mode is an interesting concept which worked great for Dr. Carson’s surgery.

February 28th – Perceive

Webster’s 1828 dictionary states, “To have knowledge or receive impressions of external objects through the medium of the sense or bodily organs; as, to perceive light or color; to perceive the cold or ice or the taste of honey. To know, to understand; to observe. To be affected by; to receive impressions from.”

I think as parents, we perceive or “sense” impressions when our children are doing something that they shouldn’t be doing. I remember one time (many years ago), when I felt the “impression” to check on the boys one more time. Upon entering their room, there was a strong smell of pickles. Though I couldn’t find anything, the fact I showed up “unannounced” after they thought I was tucked safely in bed, kept them in their room the rest of the night. The next morning at breakfast, they confessed to having raided the kitchen for a snack of pickles. The mom perception and the nose were correct.

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  1. Great post Lisa. I love this ” In life, we encounter surprises which can cause us to be disappointed, but when we find a solution to the predicament, then we can move past the obstacle that disappoints us.” So true and very wise. Blessings.
    Visiting from #write28days.

  2. Ha! That’s how I get involved in my first blogging challenge eight years ago. I heard about it and decided that day to start the challenge which began the next day. It was a wise choice and I’m still friends with people I met that first year.
    I’m curious about your doves–are they Eurasian ring-necked doves? I usually get a large population overwintering near my house (along with morning doves and white-winged doves).

    1. That’s fun, Anita! I’m enjoying the #write28days and I appreciate you hosting it. Yes, they’re Eurasian ring-necked doves.

    1. I am so glad you were encouraged and comforted in your soul. And I rejoice that praise and reverence were released to our Lord. He is worthy!

  3. I really enjoyed this post. I like being observant, and I like observing other observant people. It’s just good to know there are others around us who want to stop and savour the world around them as well.

    Jeannie (next door to you at #25 in the Five Minute Friday linkup today)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jeannie. I appreciate what you wrote about Paterson, “the things he sees and hears are more like compost enriching his creative life.”

  4. Lisa, what a beautiful post! I always love writing prompts like these. I had never heard that Noah Webster quote before, “It is much easier to learn what is right, than to unlearn what is wrong,” but that is a powerful message worth taking note of and using as a mantra of sorts. I am a lifelong learner as well and would much rather learn the right things than have to unlearn all the wrong later.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  5. Wow! Good for you for making this commitment to write every day in February! Reading your thoughts from each day is almost like reading a running prayer. A conversation with and about God every day of the month.

    1. This is my first time to use writing prompts and my first time to do a month long writing challenge, but it has been a good experience. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement, Laurie. I ask God to direct me everyday and it feels like a running prayer/conversation with Him.

  6. Lisa, I felt a wee bit jealous when you described your peaceable morning on the porch. I love how you describe the cow stepping out of the fog!

    May you carry your peaceable morning with you all day!

    1. Oh don’t be jealous Jerralea. This is actually a description from five years ago when we lived in the country and I had younger children at home. I now live in the city with a little yard, but I carried that morning through that day, and I carry it now, even years later. These treasures of the heart are ours, whether we experience them once while on vacation or many times in our current day-to-day lives or in the past – now a memory.

      “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” Every gift He gives us, we can cherish in our heart, even if it is no longer before our eyes. No one can steal His gifts from our hearts. May you find many things to cherish in your heart, Jerralea!

  7. Thank you for the reminder that persistence often pays off. Even in times that persistence does not yield the results for which we hope, there is so many valuable lessons we can learn just by being persistent. I hope you have a wonderful day.

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