Wisdom From The Animals: Day 9

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 9

The Pink-headed fruit dove is only found in the Indonesian mountain forests of Bali, Sumatra, and Java. Being a child of the 1970-1980s preppy style, I’m rather fond of the pink and green combo. The whole preppy movement was about embracing classic styling in clothes, lifestyle and mindset. A person with status focused on being well connected, attaining a high income and a higher education. That focus translated into wearing particular labels of clothing, driving specific brand cars, and getting accepted into the It schools.

” A heart at peace gives life to the body but envy rots the bones.” Proverbs 14:30

When I was in high school, I sometimes wished that I had what others did. I wanted to fit in. I really needed those Sperry deck siders and Polo shirts. As I’ve grown older, I’d like to say that I don’t get envious but that would be a lie. I do find myself craving the it things of the moment. But I have learned that they don’t bring me lasting peace only an insatiable appetite for more. I find that I’m only content when my heart is satiated with God and my craving for worldly things made out of pink and green fabrics is in check.

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Blessings,

Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 5

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 5

An okapi ( pronounced oh-cop-ee) is closely related to the giraffe and is commonly called the forest giraffe even though some of the animal’s pattern markings resemble a zebra. Okapis live in the rain forest of central Africa. Scientists were unaware of their existence until 1900 because they are skittish by nature. I’m not very adept at mixing patterns but the okapi has hit the right blend. The okapis mixed patterning help disguise them in the wild from predators. 

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him one day and instructed them to preach, to heal the sick, to raise the dead, and to drive out demons among their fellow Israelites. As he sent them, he also instructed them to be on their guard because some would not be welcoming towards them.

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16

Just like the disciples, I am also called as a Christian to share the message of Jesus and care for others. I sometimes find myself though blending in too much to my surroundings. I can look too much like a zebra one day or act like a giraffe the next. Like the perfectly patterned okapi, I must strive to find the perfect balance that reflects Jesus everywhere I go.

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Blessings,

Mimi

Wisdom From the Animals: Day 2

peacock

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 2

Are you familiar with the expression, proud as a peacock? Chaucer spun this turn of phrase in The Reeve’s Tale. The expression symbolizes vanity and pride; the kind of pride that makes you think you’re better than others. The male peacock unfurls his magnificent multicolored tail to attract a mate. He parades back and forth showing off his colors trying to entice the female. On occasion, I’ve been known to remark to my children when they were very proud of an accomplishment or proud of how they looked that they were struttin’ like a peacock. But a fine line exists between the type of pride that honors God and the type that doesn’t. I hate to admit it but being prideful is one of those issues that has reared its ugly head in my life at different times. Even hating to admit it shows the work I still need to do in this area. Our high and prideful opinions of ourselves should not be the clothing that we wear. In 1 Peter 3:3,4, Peter states,

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3.4

Looking good is not the problem. We can be as magnificent as the peacock but if our insides aren’t pretty, no amount of pretty colors and feathers will make us pretty to God or others. I don’t want to be seen as someone who struts with vanity and pride like a peacock. Rather, I want to be viewed by God and others as someone who possesses the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit as the scripture states. My daughter has heard this statement from me many times but it holds true – “pretty is as pretty does.”

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Mimi