Random 5 Friday

Linking to Random 5 Friday, where a multitude of bloggers congregates and shares…whatever comes to mind. Here’s what’s floating around in my head:

1. Winter blew in big time overnight, rattling windows and anything else it could. Ferries and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel had wind restrictions in place. Expecting 20s overnight, but the forecast says close to 60F on Sunday. I like that about living on the coast.

2. Further north, our daughter was delighted to have snow.

3. I wondered where all the birdseed went–


4. We came down with colds during our Christmas travels, and now in that wonderful coughing stage. On the mend!

5. Let’s think of warmer days and mermaids! This one looks summery, even with her wreath.

Norfolk Mermaids on Parade

Thanks for stopping by for Random 5 Friday.


Fat, er, Flat Tuesday

I arose early this morning with big plans for the day and promptly set about laundry, tidying up–and just as quickly pulled a muscle in my lower back–unloading that new dishwasher, nonetheless! One would think I’d have learned that lesson by now, heat and stretches come first. 

The day was spent standing or stretching out with ice and/or heat. When I was up, I washed the pots and pans that awaited in the sink, read email/blogs at the kitchen counter, and kept an eye on the birds. A hawk stopped by, but left with empty talons. It was too quick for me to photograph. 

The hardest part of the day was missing writers group tonight.

Here’s another slideshow so you can see some different visitors, most of these only show up at the feeders in winter:

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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