Wisdom From The Animals: Day 31

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 31

Today is the last day in the #write31days writing challenge. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series. All month long, I’ve shared animal facts and biblical lessons that can be learned from each of these animals.The bird, above, is a hornbill and I thought this bird was perfect for Halloween. If you’d like to read the posts from the beginning, you can find them here.

“reject every kind of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22

Throughout scripture, God instructs us to turn from evil. He commands that we leave evil attitudes, behaviors, and actions behind us and embrace those that honor and praise Him. We are to embrace and incorporate attitudes, behaviors, and actions of righteousness. While celebrating this spooky holiday and enjoying all the fun of dressing up and eating copious amounts of candy, remember that God loves you.

Happy Halloween!

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Blessings,

Mimi

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 29

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 29

Koi were developed in Japan in the 1820s and are a variety of carp. In Japan, they are viewed as symbols of love and friendship. Koi come in many colors and can live well over one hundred years if the environment is favorable.

“‘Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!'” Luke 11:11-13

Jesus was teaching His disciples about prayer and told them a parable about a man who helped his friend only after his friend’s continued persistence. In the verse above, Jesus wanted them to see how loving the Father is in comparison. Our Father hears our prayers and answers them. Sometimes, those answers are not the ones that I want but God in His wisdom knows what is in my best interest. Other times, God answers my prayers in ways that I would never have imagined. I only need to come before Him praying in sincerity of heart and motive.

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Blessings,

Mimi

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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Blessings,

Mimi

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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Mimi

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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Blessings,

Mimi