Leading by prayer

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As the days pass it only feels clearer

and then it feels murky

 

The levels of anticipation, arrival, or excitement

are growing and building

 

Waiting, praying, and asking for the

power of patience to take over

 

With the next day passing

the outcome feels more murky

 

Waiting, praying, and asking for the

power of patience to take over

 

Finally putting my mind in neutral after

much seemingly repeated prayer

 

Seeing the enjoyment after the

preparation and leading with prayer

 

 

 

CATCH 22

 

fisherman-239487_1920 (1).jpgThe “Catch 22” of life has tricked us, or there is a bind on us that seems to have no exits or hidden passageways so you thought.  This past year, past week, past few days had plenty of these for all of the world.  Didn’t this past year, past week, past few days also have great moments of calm like a calm lake when you are setting your fishing pole out at the first sunset or the tender joy seeing a new youngster’s first months of life and dependence on his or her parents and family?  Often what looks like the bleakest times of life are defined before they are truly even experienced.  Can you pause your mind and your mouth at a moment’s notice to take in all of the new life experience?  Are you like I am often times reacting to the experience even before I have truly enjoyed it and understood all of it?  Perhaps, this is the desire of instant gratification.

God’s miracles can be most defined many times in the bleakest times of life.  Isn’t it His Light of tender eyes, care, and mercy that we can behold?   Even in those times there is a warmth of his presence in our faith?  Sometimes you need to just get closer to that warmth of God, His Son Jesus, and improve that relationship all over again.  It begins at the heart, and it is also what saves the heart in the process.

Consider the love you have for others, yourself, and even the Maker of the Universe, and remember His eyes are upon everyone.

“The eyes of the Lord are everywhere. keeping watch on the wicked and the good” Proverbs 15:3 (N.I.V.)

Truly,

 

FAITH

Flapping makes one flabby

 

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Soaring eagles do not make the most challenging flight patterns or draining exercises their favorite.  Every stage of the flight of life is filled with what makes one emotionally satisfied, drained or lonely.  Stepping out in faith, one must seek the kind of faith and trust to ask for help at any time.  Saying to God, “let me wait upon you and trust in you so I might soar like the eagles.”  It is interesting how the flight of the eagle doesn’t question his/her lack of strength, wing span, speed, or size.  However, questioning our own abilities does lack the patience and persistence to wait in the stages of life that require waiting the most.

Taking a lesson from the eagle, one can observe these eagles have great wing spans, but did you notice, as Jennifer Randell, CPN Eagle Aviary Manager details, that the wing span of the female is eight feet in contrast to the male’s six feet wing span? (Citizen Potawatomi Nation).  One can also see the size differences in the eagle as well females tend to be larger in size and weight helping with their nurturing and protecting roles over the nests.  The weight of the female is usually ten to fifteen pounds more than the male.  The males size allows for better ease of hunting and making provision for the nestlings.  Together these two establish loyalty to each other and to their offspring with rarely a recommitment to another after the death of a mate (Citizen Potawatomi Nation).

The strengthening is not just in the size of the wing,  but it is in the waiting.  When observed, the BALD EAGLE site, details the physical characteristics of the eagle’s strengths.  They have long, large wings, a short neck, and short legs.  These short legs make preparing for flight by tucking them in the safety of their own dependable feathers.  As the eagle is in flight it will take only “two minutes per hour” for the eagle to actually flap his/her wings because this is enough for the eagle to feel content and fully able to satisfy the level of energy needed. (www.learner.org)  The confidence of the eagle relies upon his physical characteristics and qualities, but he/she also remains in a positive and powered glide rather than a painstaking, flapping journey.

The upward and motivated flight of the eagle inspires a metaphor for the individual waiting upon God.  I trust that in the hoping and waiting we will learn to soar.

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (N.I.V.)

Truly,

 

FAITH