On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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 40:29-31

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Hodgepodge for all Seasons

Bible Study Fellowship begins today for me and this year we are studying the Book of Romans. It will be a great study and if you are interested, check out a study near you at https://www.bsfinternational.org/.

Wednesday! Hodgepodge! Copy the questions from Joyce and answer on your blog. Then link up at From This Side of the Pond. Thank you, Joyce for spurring us on.

1. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Sometimes. Elaborate. Sometimes it just creates more questions.


2. Have you ever driven any part of the Pacific Coast Highway? If so what was your favorite stop? If not, is this sort of trip on your bucket list?
It has been on my wish list for the past few years. Many years ago I did the planning for my boss to take a trip there and ever since, I have longed to go. It just hasn’t happened.

3. How do the changing seasons affect you?

The cooler temperatures in the Fall give promise to many delightful things that follow, such as the changing of the colors of nature around us, a feeling of refreshment from the heat of summer, a more routine structure and the holidays.

 
A trip to the Arboretum with these dear ladies.

Leaves!!!


I also find that Spring brings promises of a different sort, everything coming back to life, enjoying that gentle caress of a Springtime breeze, summertime and vacations to look forward to, but along with that, wondering if I will be able to take the heat.


As the seasons change do you find yourself looking more forward or backward?
I think in the Fall, I remember the past events and the joy it brought, and it makes me a little melancholy. Now it comes with some confusion and some disappointment when things don't meet with expectations. There is relief that comes when it all works out anyway. (This entire answer about feelings has probably left you confused.)


Which season-season transition bothers you most?
Fall to winter.Why do you suppose that is?
Probably some of the disappointments mentioned above, but working hard on focusing on what really matters.

4. It's your birthday and you get to pick the dinner menu. What are we having?
Either pot roast with all the trimmings or a Farmer Brown supper of Pinto beans with cornbread, fried potatoes and onions, fresh tomatoes, (cottage cheese and ketchup are special additions to the Farmer Brown supper.)

Do you ever lie about your age?
No, it wouldn't change anything. When I was 18, I did borrow a friend’s ID to order a drink in a club where our office staff went for lunch. The waitress was a little too smart for me. When she looked at the ID I gave her, she asked me to tell her what year I was born! Haha!! Our Oklahoma driver’s license back then had no photo on them.

5. What's a life lesson you've learned recently?

What I learned about love and forgiveness from the pearl.

When I have trouble with something someone has said to offend, irritate or hurt me, I always have to refer to what the Bible teaches about forgiveness, and 1 Corinthians 13. The other day as I was reading, I learned something new about the oyster and the pearl. Maybe you paid more attention to how that works. But I had missed something about the process of how the pearl is formed. I read:

"A hurtful particle intrudes itself into its shell, and this vexes and grieves it. It cannot eject the evil, and what does it do but cover it with a precious substance extracted out of its own life, by which it turns the intruder into a pearl."

Now somehow before I had missed that the oyster extracts a substance out of its own life. And what I saw in that is that the Holy Spirit has shed abroad the love of God into my heart. God is love. And so if my heart is full of the love of the God, when I am hurt or offended or irritated in some way, I can extract that love inside of me to cover whatever the provocation. Love covers a multitude of sins and now, when hurt or offense comes, rather than letting it remain and fester, I can make a pearl. I remind myself I'm "making a pearl."

And the more I thought about it, I realize that's what Jesus did at the cross. All the rejection and hatred against Him, He being God, being Love itself, extracted that love from His heart to cover our sins.


6. Insert your own random thought here.

This weekend is my 50th high school reunion. I am excited about it and a little nervous at the same time. Crossing my fingers and hoping for a memorable time with old friends. 1967 seems like only yesterday and yet, it's so long past. Wow. 50 years. It went by in a flash. Lots of water under the bridge. So many clich├ęs and ways to say, yikes! I never really believed I would be this old! I gives thanks to God for keeping watch care over me all these years. He has been good. He has been faithful.

11 comments:

  1. Hope you have a wonderful time at your reunion! Sounds like so much fun! Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  2. Nonnie, Your reunion will be a fun time....but there will be people missing, that is always sad. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  3. I love reading your responses. You have the sweetest heart and are so sensitive to what God is doing around and in you. I had read that about the pearl years ago, but had forgotten much of it. Praise God for His love! This is my 55th year and you're right, when did I get so old. Have fun!

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  4. I appreciate what you shared regarding your life lesson. THANK YOU!

    Have fun at the reunion.
    Carla

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  5. Your talk on forgiveness meant a lot to me today. I have some people I need to forgive. It is not that easy when the same people keep hurting you - the ones that should not be hurting you. But God does want us to forgive.
    My favorite season is fall - I like the cooler weather!
    Love, sandie

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  6. You graduated the same year as my hubby! I hope you have a great time at your reunion. We never attend ours.
    I love your thoughts about the pearl, and will try to tuck them away for future use.
    Kathy (Reflections)

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  7. I enjoyed your answers. I hope you have a great time at your reunion!

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  8. What a blessings reading your responses from your heart. Have a wonderful time at your class reunion! I always enjoy mine.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  9. My 40th reunion is next year and I'm trying to figure out if I'll be able to attend. I have mixed feelings about it. I hope you enjoy yours and have a wonderful weekend! I liked your picture of forgiveness. I am struggling a little bit with forgiving someone right now and this pricked my heart.

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  10. I love this post, Connie. It is full of honest truths and soul baring in many ways.
    I just attended my 50th reunion, too. How the heck did we get this old? It was the first one I ever attended and I loved it (which kind of surprised me). xo Diana

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