Wisdom From The Animals: Day 6

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 6

More than one million lesser flamingos have been known to congregate together in East Africa forming a gigantic flock, the largest known among birds. The saying, birds of a feather flock together, is so true of flamingos. They like company. In fact, they like company so much that the males have been known to form a tight knit cluster and perform the mating ritual together as they each try to catch the eye of the perfect female. ( Check out #8 to see a video of male flamingos dancing.)  

I’ve learned I need a flock in my life and not just any flock will do. I need people around me that encourage, support, and love me as I seek to live out what God has designed for me to do. I want to do that for my people too. I want to encourage and nurture their gifts that God has bestowed on them. I need community.

Some have told me that they don’t need to come to church on pick-any-day-of-the-week. They feel that they experience God in nature or in other locales. I agree that they might be receiving a blessing of God but I think living and participating in a church family, whatever time or day of the week that might be, is imperative to a believer’s growth and well being.

Following the death and resurrection of Jesus, Peter and the other disciples were witnessing large numbers of people turning their hearts towards God and accepting the message of Jesus as they shared what Jesus had taught them. Luke records these words of the early days of the church.

“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.” Acts 2:41-45

Sure, the early church was listening to a sermon but in the before, after, and in between times — Sounds like a party to me! These believers were hanging out and enjoying a potluck supper together. Give your local church a try. Get involved and find your flock. Your life just might become a big party.

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Blessings,

Mimi

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 5

zebra cousin

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 3

orangutan

Wisdom From The Animals: Day 3

Orangutans spend the majority of their life in the trees. They are the only ape from Asia and live on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. These gentle creatures share 97% of our DNA and are critically endangered. The mother orangutan only bears young 4-5 times in her lifetime. Her children remain with her sometimes into their teens. According to Orangutan.org, “Such prolonged association between mother and offspring is rare among mammals. Probably only humans have a more intensive relationship with their mothers. Primatologists believe that orangutans have such long “childhoods” because there is so much that they need to learn before they can live alone successfully.”  

A mom’s work never seems to end. I would feed, wipe, bless, burp, clean, snuggle, and dress my children until I felt I performed these actions in my sleep and maybe somedays I did. I had crisis moments when I never wanted to hear someone yell, “Mom” one more time. While at other times, I would gaze at them in wonder that I, who still felt unqualified and like a kid herself, was entrusted with these precious gifts to train and nurture to adulthood. Orangutan moms know that the very survival of their offspring and species depends on them educating their children on how to survive. Don’t we know the same?

This world is tough and children need a parent to educate them. My heavenly Father has educated me in so many ways since I became His child. He is continually training me still. Likewise, no greater responsibility exists for a Christian mom than teaching her child to walk with God. The very survival of our species as Christians depends on it.

“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:28-30

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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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Blessings,

Mimi

 

Welcome to 31 Days of Wisdom From The Animals

Welcome to my 31 Days Writing Challenge 2015! This year my topic is 31 Days of Wisdom From The Animals. I hope you’ll come back to visit over and over again. I’d love for you to follow me on the blog or any of my other social media sites. Thanks! 

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Wisdom From The Animals: Day 1

Isn’t it amazing how a haircut can change your perspective or even change your day? We adopted a pound puppy a little over a year ago. They told us that she was a retriever mix, and yes, she does have some retriever characteristics, but as the months went by her fur kept growing and growing. Delta began to have problems seeing and had to peer out from under her bangs. We tried to help the girl out with cute little bows and ponytails but she just ate them.

I think I’ve tried doing the same thing. Sometimes I let things slide and allow them to affect the way I view the world. These words, behaviors, beliefs, or actions seem small at first but if I don’t pay attention, they often pile up and cause me to see things skewed and through a haze. I’ve even tried to fancy up situations where I don’t have the right view or perspective with cute bows but they’re only bandaids. Paul writes;

“Be very careful, then, how you live -not as unwise but as wise,.” Ephesians 5:15

When I realize that stuff has piled up in my life, I know that the best thing for me to do is get a haircut and clear up my sight. I need to clean house and rid myself of words, behaviors, beliefs, or actions that are not in God’s best interest or mine. Our pound puppy Delta can attest to the importance of a good haircut because once she was blind but now she can see.

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Blessings,

Mimi

I’m Posting at Cara’s Blog Today

Hey!

Cara and I became acquainted through our mutual blog friend, Katie.  Remember the Giveaway this fall?  She was a part of that fun.  Cara writes a lovely blog about life and faith and family at be.mama.be.  I love her tagline, “Finding beauty in the most unlikely of places.”

Today, I’m guest posting for her.  I hope you’ll drop by and get acquainted with Cara and her blog and of course, read about the simple wisdom I discovered for raising my children.

Here’s just a little taste of the post:

I was floundering as a parent when my children started approaching elementary age. I did fine in the basic areas of love, comfort, feeding, clothing, and etc. but the older my children became, the less confident I felt of providing proper direction and guidance for them. I felt ill-equipped to navigate them through the preteen and teen years still ahead. The world, I felt, had become much more complicated and harsh than the reality that I had grown up in.

Then one day,…

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Blessings,

Mimi