Ups and Downs

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Today when I went out to do my chicken chores I received a gift. As I stood by my chicken coop I was serenaded by two different birds.

The first was a Baltimore Oriole. Usually they are hard to spot once the trees have leaves on them. For some reason this bird perched on the top branch where he was easily seen. I was privileged to enjoy his beautiful orange and black feathers while I listened to his song.

When he would pause, there was a Barn Swallow sitting on the electric wires that run to the electric pole on our yard. It appeared that the Swallow was looking directly at me as he sang and gave that certain Barn Swallow clicking sound. Those birds singing, in plain view, were such an unexpected gift.

Last week has been  one of “those weeks”. It was incredibly busy (which is why there was no post!). I have always thought that when one did not have a regular job to go to every day; there would be plenty of time to accomplish everything that needed to get done. Not so!

This past week was spent preparing for two bridal showers; to be held on the same day. (My middle son is getting married this summer!) Tossed in to the shower mix, was time spent making and decorating a cake for a college graduation, a cake for a baptism and cupcakes for a different bridal shower hosted by my aunt for her grandchildren. My husband also tossed in a road trip to check out some farm equipment.

There were plenty of ups and downs during the week. That seems to be the way of life….it can get slightly skewed. Some good mixed with some not so good. I was reminded that I am not in control and that there is peace to be found in trusting that God has a plan.

When those birds showed up this afternoon, it was like a love song straight from the heart of God. I am not sure why I am always surprised that God shows up right when I really need it. I also don’t know why I am surprised at the way He shows up. He has never failed me yet (even though I question constantly).

If you have had a day, a week, a month or perhaps even a year of wondering what God is doing in your life or in the lives of those you love….fear not….He DOES have a plan and it is in His time…..I am counting on that promise!

May you see a glimmer of His goodness in the midst of trials. May you feel His love and protection in the beauty of a sunrise or in the song of a Baltimore Oriole. He is there….sometimes we just have to be still and listen.  May you have a blessed week.

“Don’t focus on what is not here….
focus on the blessings God has put in front of you
and enjoy the day.”

Sandy G.

 

34 thoughts on “Ups and Downs

  1. Ame says:

    i love this 🙂

    I was reminded that I am not in control and that there is peace to be found in trusting that God has a plan.

    isn’t that the truth! we can endure and have hope because we KNOW He is … and He will be 🙂

    When those birds showed up this afternoon, it was like a love song straight from the heart of God.

    i find so much joy and peace in things like this, too … and i’m super impressed you know the names of the birds and their sounds!

    I am not sure why I am always surprised that God shows up right when I really need it. I also don’t know why I am surprised at the way He shows up. He has never failed me yet (even though I question constantly).

    the thought used to be that we should not be surprised by the majesty of God … but as i’ve gotten older, i’ve decided that would be grievous. the Glory and Majesty of God are glorious and majestic because they are so beyond all we can imagine! how could something that huge not surprise and delight us! 🙂

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You are exactly right Ame. It is so beyond what my brain can figure out.
      I had to grin about your comment on knowing the birds. I was raised by a mom who had a bird book on her kitchen table at all times. I am married to a man who has the same love for birds and wildlife.

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      • Ame says:

        ahhh … i love that! i was raised by a mom slumbering on drugs on the couch, not knowing what the heck we were doing, even from when we were in diapers. and spent much of my daughters’ growing up years protecting them from their dad and his family. sigh. perhaps, though … when they have children, we can sit at the table with a bird book, and we can learn together 🙂

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  2. kindergartenknowledge says:

    I question too. I also have seen and heard and felt answers when I least expect answers. And yet…He is with me every moment. Why don’t I be still and quiet and patient? After all… when I listen…I realize that wonderful small moments are mine each day! One of the best of your many “best” posts…thank you, my friend!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      You are so welcome my friend! Just speaking my heart to some “stuff” in my life. I have to keep learning and relearning to “be still”. I either have a very short attention span or I am a very slow learner. Fortunately God is patient and keeps sending birds to remind me of those lessons.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Oh Maureen…that word buffeted….that is exactly the right word. This last while I, too, have felt buffeted. It was so good to be reminded, through birds and a sunrise, that God is in control and I need to trust and be still while He does His work.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I also needed to hear myself say this right now. Certain parts of life have been a bit difficult lately and a reminder to be still and let God be God was timely for me.
      I also thank you for your beautiful graphics Lisa which remind me of His glory through the botanical prints you make! Thank you.

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  3. bcparkison says:

    If only we could all remember the blessings. They are so easy to forget in the everyday rush. I’m a pretty simple person and sometimes the birds singing is just what the Dr. ordered, only we know the Great Healer is the one who knows what we need and when we need it.
    This past Friday was my husbands birthday. At the ballgame I whispered in Gabriel’s ear that maybe his Grandpa was watching and to” go for it.” He did…a home-run and caught several outs. Perfect!
    Prayers for you and Mr. chicken as the farm season gets under way. xoxo

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much for your prayers Beverly! And mine are with you as you celebrate your husband’s birthday on earth while he celebrates it in heaven. It cannot be easy. I love the way you reminded your grandson of his grandpa’s love for him and “to go for it”!

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  4. ruthsoaper says:

    Planning showers is a lot of work but it can be lots of fun too. My oldest sister is usually the cake maker (among other things).
    Orioles are such a beautiful bird. I am always so excited to see them probably because they are not as common here as some of the other beauties.
    Birds are the perfect reminder that God is in control –
    Matthew 6: 25Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns — and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?…

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  5. Al says:

    A private serenade from birds! You are one lucky lady. I actually find when I’m a bit stressed I pick up the binoculars and watch the water birds doing their thing around the water. Or just sit in the kitchen and watch the birds at the feeder. Suddenly, the weight of the world seems much lighter. Lovely post, Faye.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Al. There is something so right about just sitting and listening and watching those birds. We are in a season where most of the birds have come back and some are still migrating through. I could not believe the variety we saw this morning while drinking our morning coffee/tea on the deck.

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  6. lindasschaub says:

    This was a beautiful post and there is nothing like a bird serenading you – they make you feel like you are the only one in the world there to enjoy their song. I like whistling back to them and we go back-and-forth as long as I can keep up – my lips usually get too dry to continue, but they are always ready to go the distance.

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  7. Timelesslady says:

    I feel the same about the sight and sound of birds being a gift from God. With the arrival of warmer weather, I awaken to a serenade every morning through the window. God is good.

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