How to Be Blessed

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands submissive and inactive in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down to relax and rest where the scornful and mockers gather.

But his delight are in the precepts, instructions, the teachings of God (The Bible), and he habitually ponders and studies by day and by night.

And he shall be like a tree firmly planted and tended by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; whose leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper. (Psalm 1)

My heart is heavy for the devastation that is taking place in the world around us. So many souls have been lost, and I wonder if they are lost for all eternity. I hope not.

The book of Psalms is my shelter during the storms of life. My Amplified Bible describes them this way:

“With many authors over a long period of time contributing to this collection, the Psalms reflect a wide variety of feelings, emotions, attitudes and interests. Since these psalms come out of the experiences of individuals from such a wide background, they have had a universal appeal throughout the millenniums since they were written. ”

Rx: Take one a day, and see what the Lord would speak to your heart.

Writers Group Devotion/July 2010

Psalm 111:2 How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in Him should ponder them.

I’ve discovered much about our God through the study of nature, and all that He has created; birds in particular. In Matt. 6:26, Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap, nor gather into barns; and yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” And Matt.10:29-31: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? and not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.”

I considered the many references to birds, fowl, and winged-creatures that are found throughout the Bible; and wondered, “What is so special about them?” So, I started observing their behavior, to see what I could learn.

1.    They wake up every morning with a song in their hearts, and sing it to anyone within earshot,  sometimes proclaiming it from the housetop

2.    Jesus said if we come to Him, we will thirst no more; and we are to be baptized in water as evidence of our faith. The second thing I noticed with birds is the commotion around the smallest puddle after a rain.  Starlings, especially, can be seen bobbing their heads and fluttering their wings with abandon! How much more should we be drawn to Jesus, the Living Water?

3.    I learned that most birds have a crop, which is a small pouch in their digestive system that will fill with seed, once their stomach is full. They gather as much food as possible, and then retreat to a safe haven for it to digest. Isn’t that a good example for us to follow when we fill ourselves with God’s Word, to then go to a quiet spot to ponder what we’ve taken in?

Birds have been important in the history of writing <displaying a large feather> as they provided the quill feather. <insert laughter here >

  • it would be the feather of a large bird; a strong, primary feather usually from the wing or tail of a goose
  • Wikipedia states that left wing feathers curve suitably for right-handed use, and right wing feathers curve to fit the left hand.

In closing, I have a quote from Mother Teresa: “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”

May we ponder the seeds planted in us, and share His love through our writing.

By Patti S. Jarrett