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1 Kings 6:7

As I was reading about King Solomon’s construction of God’s Temple, I came to 1 Kings 6:7b that said: “so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.” It was at that time that I heard hammering at a neighbor’s house.  It sounded like they were doing more roof work.  The next verse even mentioned the Temple’s roof.  This made me think of a sermon that mentioned God’s Temple.  It’s at this point I realized I needed to let others know what God did for my family.

On April 7, 2020, there was hail the size of golf balls in our city.  Much later, two men, saying that they were not storm chasers, came to our door, presented a business card (when I asked), and offered to give us an estimate for possible hail damage on our roof.  He warned us that if we didn’t report this hail to our insurance company, and another hail storm came, causing damage, we would get bit financially.  I declined the estimate, but took their advice to report the hail in our area.  Our insurance company gave us a list of roofing contractors, and asked if neighbors had roof damage.  There was roofing being done on two buildings at the time.  I called about half a dozen from the list, and someone came out.  They left an estimate of over $5,000!  My husband wondered why there was no mention of hail damage. I called the roofing company.  Soon after, we were surprised when we heard someone walking around on our roof a second time.  Then, we got a text from the company saying there was NO DAMAGE!  We went from an over $5,000 estimate to FREE!

Happily, there is NO HAMMER hammering on our roof!  Praise God!!  🙂

 

1 Kings 3

Dreams are a big deal in my family.  We share our dreams with each other almost every day.  According to http://www.verywellmind.com, “…researchers have found that people usually have several dreams each nighteach one typically lasting for between five to 20 minutes. During a typical lifetime, people spend an average of six years dreaming.”

In 1 Kings 3, we read that Solomon had an epic dream.  “In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee….Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing… I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.”

God gave Solomon great wisdom.  I pray that God gives all the dads out there beaucoup wisdom.  Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

Psalm 91:4

On a morning in May, I saw a Mourning Dove chick on top of our car.  The nest was nearby, but it was still a strange sight to see.  It looked so vulnerable.  Later, I heard its parent cooing.  When I looked out a window, I noticed the baby had left the car.

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When that Mourning Dove chick was on our car, it looked so out of place.  But after the parent called, and the baby left the car, things were right again for the Mourning Dove family.

If we feel out of place, we can go to God.  Psalm 91:4a says, “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust:”

John 4:13-14, 7:38

Yesterday, my family and I saw a lethargic, about quarter-sized snapping turtle with a drooping head, on a rocky area in a mostly dried up creek bed.  Emily thought it might be dehydrated, so we relocated the baby turtle further down the creek bed where there was shallow water.  Ethan recorded the rescue.  Emily named the baby Snaps, snapped pictures, and placed its weak little self mostly in the water.  It started to revive!  On turtlepets.com, we learned that, “…turtles should be able to survive for about 12 hours without water…”, so we’re glad we arrived to help the little critter have a chance.

A baby snapping turtle needs water to live, and so do we.  But we also need a special water, a spiritual life-giving water that Jesus provides.  Jesus said in John 4:14, “…But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

 

James 4:8

On Monday, I saw a bee walking sluggishly on our hallway carpet.  I had almost stepped in its vicinity.  My family likes to help pollinators when we can, so I carefully enclosed a tissue around the little bee.  I went outside, got the flower head of a dandelion, gradually opened the tissue, and introduced the flower head to the bee.  Happily, it crawled deep into the dandelion.  It really looked thankful, like it had been scared it would never see a flower again.  I nestled the bee in the blossom in a small patch of wild violets close to where I had seen bees before, out of the wind.  Then, it surprised me.  Its little body looked like it was hugging the inside of the dandelion.  After a not-so-quick online search, I discovered that dandelions belong to the sunflower family (www2.palomar.edu), and what the tiny bee seemed to hug, was a floret, “a small flower that is part of a larger flower.” (www.collinsdictionary.com)

The simple act of the bee seeming to hug a flower, made me think of my relationship to God.  I want to get closer to God, and “hug” Him like that.  James 4:8a says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”

 

 

2 Timothy 3:16

My family and I can see a nesting robin in our carport from our kitchen window.  According to journeynorth.org, robins put soft grass inside a nest that “keep(s) the eggs warm and protect(s) them from sharp twigs…”  Also, robins that stay close to their eggs, can do “frequent turning” to nurture life within the egg.

Likewise,  if we stay close to the Bible, and frequently turn the pages, we can nurture our Spiritual life.  In 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul wrote, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

 

Joshua 24:15

My husband, kids and I were listening to our church’s online Easter service this morning.  The message mentioned religious awakenings.  As I sat on our couch taking notes by our bay window, movement in my peripheral vision caught my attention.  A bird had landed on a branch in our front yard tree.  My daughter and I saw it, and began the identification process.  Emily noticed it was some sort of thrush.  I noticed the reddish tail.  We’d seen this kind of bird before.  I wondered aloud if it could be a hermit thrush.  Emily grabbed a nature book and confirmed it.  As I looked at the lingering little hermit thrush, I started to think about the possible meaning in its timing.  We hadn’t seen a hermit thrush for two years.  A thought came.  COVID-19 has turned many into hermits, where no longer busy people now have a chance to encounter Jesus.  During this possible awakening, people can decide to accept or reject Jesus.  Like Joshua, this family says, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

 

Matthew 18:12-14, John 3:16

In the span of about a month’s time, my family and I lost (and found) a small bottle of sand and seashells from a Virginia vacation, a phone, and pajama shorts.  Apparently, we’re not alone.  According to prnewswire.com, “The Average American spends 2.5 days each year looking for lost items.”

Jesus searches too, but not for objects.  He looks for spiritually lost people.  I’m so glad Jesus found my family and I.  I hope He found you too.

 

Philippians 4:13

This is a different post.  I want to share a big change in my personal life.  After much prayer, I feel that God wants me to encourage others not only here at BBF, but also as a cartoonist.  Someone asked me if I plan on using my faith in the comic, Awesome Opossum, and I said that although it’s mostly just innocent humor,  I do plan on mentioning God from time to time.  I’m new at this, so it might take awhile to get traction on the web.  If you want to check it out, the comic is at facebook.com/awesomeopossumcomic

I believe God will give me and my family strength to do this little business.  May God give you the strength you need to complete the task(s) He gives you.

Matthew 5:9, John 1:12, Philippians 2:14-18

Have you heard the song, “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music?  My family loves this song.  Some of the lyrics are:  “I’ve been born again, into a family…I am a child of God.”  So what should a child of God be like?  A child of God should receive and believe Him, being one who doesn’t complain or argue, but is a peacemaker.