Goodness will pursue you

“Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the LORD’s house as long as I live.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Gracie

I wonder a lot these days about nature and it’s inhabitants. My sister, a psychologist said to me this week? “As we age I imagine most of us turn to nature.”

I had an unusual experience this am. I decided to trim my hair a bit which I have been doing this past year due to the Covid pandemic.
My inner voice said, “throw your cut hair in the wind.” I opened the door and let the gentle breeze take the cut hair. I sat a few minutes on my porch rocking and looked to see what I might see. Awee! This little Gracie was less than 2 ft away from me gathering the curly matted cut hair and taking it under the hedge within inches. Why? I wondered!

I don’t really know why? I could google but I haven’t. Why? Because nature is teaching me to listen more closely to the Holy Spirit which is a lesson my Mother taught me. I heard a scripture that also makes me wonder!
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”—Proverbs 3:27 (NRSV)

Prayers for Borders:

“Dr. Edith Eger was just 16 years old when she was taken to Auschwitz with her family. She lost her mother and father to the gas chambers the very day they arrived, and she survived with the help and companionship of her sister. Decades later, when she began a university education in the United States, a young man handed her a copy of Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. She reflects that:

[Frankl] is speaking to me. He is speaking for me. . . . I read this, which is at the very heart of Frankl’s teaching: Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. [1] Each moment is a choice. No matter how frustrating or boring or constraining or painful or oppressive our experience, we can always choose how we respond. And I finally begin to understand that I, too, have a choice. This realization will change my life.

In time Viktor Frankl and Edith Eger developed a friendship and he mentored her as she became a therapist, specializing in treating those suffering from PTSD. At one point, Dr. Eger was invited to return to teach in Germany, where she spent time at both a former mountain retreat of the Nazis, and the labor camp where she was held. Here she reflects on her choice to forgive Reality by forgiving herself: 

The choice to accept myself as I am: human, imperfect. And the choice to be responsible for my own happiness. To forgive my flaws and reclaim my innocence. To stop asking why I deserved to survive. To function as well as I can, to commit myself to serve others, to do everything in my power to honor my parents, to see to it that they did not die in vain. To do my best, in my limited capacity, so future generations don’t experience what I did. To be useful, to be used up, to survive and to thrive so I can use every moment to make the world a better place. And to finally, finally stop running from the past. To do everything possible to redeem it, and then let it go. I can make the choice that all of us can make. I can’t ever change the past. But there is a life I can save: It is mine. The one I am living right now, this precious moment. . . .

And to the vast campus of death that consumed my parents and so very many others, to the classroom of horror that still had something sacred to teach me about how to live—that I was victimized but I’m not a victim, that I was hurt but not broken, that the soul never dies, that meaning and purpose can come from deep in the heart of what hurts us the most—I utter my final words. Goodbye, I say. And, Thank you. Thank you for life, and for the ability to finally accept the life that is.”

Reading this heart rending story in a devotional today I was reminded to pause and embrace those that suffered in this horrific time in history. It also reminded me today to remember the sufferings of the “border crises” America is now facing.

Former President Bush spoke this am on this very issue, “Bush added that the “people who are guilty, really guilty, are the people who exploit human misery, and charge money to desperate people, and bring them to the border with no plan to get them into the country.” Read article, https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bush-border-crisis-broken-immigration-system

One of our contributors, Debi Chaves, has a son with the Peace Corp, Chris, that is being transferred to the Border to help with the children. Please pray for him and all that are contributing to help at our borders. And, borders in crises around the world.

“The apostles] saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” Acts 2:3 (NIV)

Holy Spirit, come and turn our lives into a deep well that will spring up from within each of us flowing toward others that are in need of thee.

Tammy’s Empty Nest

Thanks my friends for joining in the full nest to empty nest. Our Baby Robins have left the nest. I can only imagine now! Until next time, Tammy
A Prayer of David
“LORD, listen closely to me and answer me, because I am poor and in need. Guard my life because I am faithful. Save your servant who trusts in you—you! My God! Have mercy on me, Lord, because I cry out to you all day long. Make your servant’s life happy again because, my Lord, I offer my life to you, because, my Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of faithful love for all those who cry out to you. Listen closely to my prayer, LORD; pay close attention to the sound of my requests for mercy. Whenever I am in trouble, I cry out to you, because you will answer me. My Lord! There is no one like you among the gods! There is nothing that can compare to your works! All the nations that you’ve made will come and bow down before you, Lord; they will glorify your name, because you are awesome and a wonder-worker. You are God. Just you. Teach me your way, LORD, so that I can walk in your truth. Make my heart focused only on honoring your name. I give thanks to you, my Lord, my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify your name forever, because your faithful love toward me is awesome and because you’ve rescued my life from the lowest part of hell. The arrogant rise up against me, God. A gang of violent people want me dead. They don’t give a thought for you. But you, my Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy; you are very patient and full of faithful love. Come back to me! Have mercy on me! Give your servant your strength; save this child of your servant! Show me a sign of your goodness so that those who hate me will see it and be put to shame— show a sign that you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭86:1-17‬ ‭CEB‬‬
https://www.bible.com/37/psa.86.1-17.ceb

Tammy’s nest

A worm would be nice! May 4

“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.”
‭“Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light. ”
Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭CEB‬‬
https://www.bible.com/37/mat.11.29-30.ceb

Thanks for bird watching with me. Tammy Holton

A reveal of Tammy’s baby Robins

Tammy’s New Borns

I read, “The red belly robin is another important bird in Christianity. Legend has it that the robin got its red belly from a fire in which it was trying to protect Jesus. The robin represents selflessness for a higher truth (or love).”

Genesis 1:20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”

April 17, 2021 I shared here a Robin’s nest with eggs right outside my window. My heart beamed with love. I nurtured the nest with quiet and unfettered care hoping to do my part to see the unveiling of baby Robbins and the virgin flight as they fly across the vault of the sky.

A mystery, yes a mystery and a delight for my eyes and hopefully a passion for higher truth and love. 💟 Tammy Holton

A Vase in bloom

Fresh flowers in my kitchen window always causes me to sing a new song! 🎼 How do you like my new translucent bud vase? Chris, my son, made it for me with his 3D printer. I used water pics to keep the flowers fresh! 💗

What song comes to your mind when you see fresh flowers after a long cold winter? What potential do you see in another when reality says slim!

I like this song…..

“In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree,
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that wants to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.”

–Natalie Sleeth © Hope Pub. 1986

A Cardinal

Waiting for a call

I found beautiful Stella, a cardinal, sitting motionless and stayed as still as a rock sitting in my side garden. I spoke to her with no response. I named her, Stella. I inquired of her for what she might need. She moved her eyes and allowed me to come near.

I waited by her side as I knew there were larger birds that could possibly harm her. I thought I don’t know enough about birds to distinguish male from female. So, I went on calling her Stella.

After a time I heard friendly chirps all around us and I looked and other cardinals were calling her name. She regained her strength and took flight with those of her kind.


Now this is what the LORD says— “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine! 2) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you go through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched; the flames will not set you ablaze.…” (Isaiah 43:1)

The Redeemed of the Lord God will be called by name and take a safe flight when the time is right. Do Not fear! Stella did not fear but waited to hear! What a lesson Stella taught me on my early morning walk.