Wisdom From The Animals: Day 28

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 28 

Audrey lived with us for fifteen years. She was an excellent hunter and quite proud of all of her kills. She liked to share them with us and would often leave them for us to discover on the mat at our back door.

“Of the animals that move about on the ground, these are unclean for you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard, the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon.” Leviticus 11:29,30

Chapter 11 of Leviticus is an instruction on which foods were considered clean or unclean. Food was divided into these two categories perhaps for physical reasons to keep the people from becoming sick and/or for spiritual reasons to keep them from becoming spiritually unclean before God. Unclean foods were those that were unfit for eating. Also, if any of these animals crawled onto, fell onto or into, or died near the clean foods then all had to be thrown out and in some cases, the vessel as well.

I need to be mindful of the food that I put in my body. In order to serve God fully, my body needs to be properly rested and fed to perform to the best of its ability. I know when I eat too many sweets or too much junk food, I feel sluggish and out of sorts. I want to be able to give God my all and eating healthy is one of the ways I can serve Him better. And I agree with God on the above instruction, anything in the rodent/ lizard family needs to go!

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Mimi

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 27

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 27

A polar bear’s fur is made of clear, hollow tubes filled with air. They clean their fur by rolling in the snow. Sometimes scarring or residue on the fur causes the bear to appear as cream colored, yellow, or even pink in the Arctic light to the human eye. Polar bears also don’t hibernate. Only a female bear will bed down when she is with her little ones.

“Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked man ruling over a helpless people.” Proverbs 28:15

I become like a mama bear when I feel the need to defend my family or my friends. I allow my passions sometimes to get the better of me. Those on the receiving end of my behavior don’t deserve the treatment that I give them. In this passage from Proverbs, the word wicked in the original language means guilty of a crime, guilty of sin against God, or guilty of hostility towards God. My behavior, raging like a bear unchecked and not in submission to God, defines how I treat others. I don’t want to be viewed as someone that others need to fear because of my mama bear tendencies. Only by walking in the Spirit and submitting my will to God can I soothe the beast within.

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Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 26

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 26

The family name of kangaroos, wallabies, and their relatives is Macropodidae which means big feet. Over fifty species exist in this marsupial family. Their powerful back feet help them fend off predators, jump high, and bound at high speed. Their tail aids in balance and support.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'” Isaiah 52:7

When I have good news, I can’t wait to share it. I want to tell everybody I know. Good news following difficulties is particularly sweet to share. Sometimes the news I want to share is of the kind that makes me want to leap and jump for joy. The good news of Jesus is the type of news that needs sharing. I sometimes find sharing His message of peace, salvation, and eternal life uncomfortable and scary but the message is worth my discomfort. Jesus is news worth leaping, jumping and shouting for joy.

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 25

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 25

Cows chew their food for a long time. When they first take a bite and chew, the food is swallowed and goes into the first section of their stomach, the rumen, where the food becomes the cud. The cud is then sent back up to a cow’s mouth where the cud is chewed again and re-swallowed. Following this second swallow, the food continues its way down the digestive system. A cow’s chewing of the cud is an indicator that the cow is a happy and healthy animal.

“Do not let the Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8

Take some time today to chew, ruminate, and digest God’s Word.

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Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 24

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 24

Moose are part of the deer family. They are solitary, gentle creatures who are rarely provoked into agressive behavior. Mostly, they graze, swim, and wander. We spotted this cow and her calf in Alaska.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22,23

Gentleness is a quality often undervalued in our society but one that is needed. In Greek, the original language of this passage, the word is praotes. The word is sometimes translated into English as meekness but that word does not convey the spirit of the Greek. Aristotle defined the word as the mid-point between being too angry and never being angry. Praotes, therefore, could be described as passion under control. According to these verses above, a person displaying the fruit of gentleness would be under the Spirit’s control. I can become quite passionate about wrongs, injustices, or sufferings that I see or experience. I want to show gentleness in the right way. I want to be angry at the right time but not angry at the wrong time. I want to display the passion of gentleness when I see others’ wronged but bear no anger against personal insults. I would like to display the gentle spirit of the moose.
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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 23

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 23

With their large canine-like fangs, sea lions are predators of the ocean. They were named sea lions for that reason and because the males sport a mane and both sexes vocalize with a roar. Sea lions also hunt and swallow their prey whole. They rely on their whiskers to aid them in the location of food nearby while swimming in the dark ocean.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

Like the prey of a sea lion, I need to be alert and take proactive steps not to fall into the clutches of the devil. I need to avoid areas or things that would put me in danger of being swallowed whole. I also need to adopt an attitude that is not fearful but an attitude of calm watchfulness trusting that God is with me.

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Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 22

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 22

In addition to being physically strong, elephants are emotional and social creatures that form deep family bonds. They are also extremely intelligent with an ability to remember. Their memories serve to protect their herd from dehydration and starvation by remembering places to find food and water in the wild. Zoo keepers have also noticed that elephants seem to remember individual people as well as other elephants.

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25

An elephant’s wonderful memory led someone to coin the familiar phrase; “An elephant never forgets.” Have you ever wondered what this world would be like if we could forgive others and forget what was done? I can forgive other people but I have trouble with the forgetting part. Any time the person does a similar act that requires my forgiveness a second or third time, I struggle with letting their wrong go. I’m not able to forgive like God can. I’m more apt to be like the elephant. Only with God’s help am I able to forgive and forgive and forgive again and not hold an account of wrongs.

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Mimi