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Have you ever had the enjoyment of observing a mommy hummingbird caring for her babies in their nest? As I write this, we have a mommy hummingbird who has built her tiny nest in the wind spinner hanging from our covered patio. That little nest spins gently whenever we get a breeze. It also spins a little faster when the wind picks up!

The process of raising baby hummingbirds is not easy, and it is messy! Mommy not only must feed her babies, but she must also clean up after them. Their living quarters are small, so the babies learn to poop on the edges of the nest. But, those poops can’t stay there either. Mommy hummingbird flings them over the side! It is as if she says, “Fore!”, and uses her long beak as a golf club and hits those “balls” as far and as long as she can! Many are splattered randomly on the wind spinner itself! Many have found their way onto a patio chair cushion looking like a multitude of polka dots randomly placed! Others are on the concrete below and are easily washed off! The babies are growing well and soon their nesting time will come to an end! A change is coming! They will learn to fly and live as God has intended their lives to be!

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I take snapshots of so many things! Don’t you? Sometimes I will even take a snapshot of something I am doing just so I can post it to share on Facebook. It preserves a moment in time that I want to remember. And, that is precisely what journaling does for me, also. The Lord speaks truth and healing to me – so I write it down. I study a passage of Scripture and see something that causes me to make a connection I hadn’t considered before – so I write it down. Paul, the apostle, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit did this very thing. In the 13th chapter of his letter to the church of Corinth, he wrote:

“…no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.Love never gives up.
 Love cares more for others than for self. 
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
 Love doesn’t strut, 
doesn’t have a swelled head, 
doesn’t force itself on others,
 isn’t always “me first,”
 doesn’t fly off the handle,
 doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
 doesn’t revel when others grovel,
 takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
 puts up with anything,
 trusts God always,
always looks for the best,
 never looks back, 
but keeps going to the end.” Verses 3b-7 -The Message

Truly, I am learning to feed upon the Lord in portions. He knows it’s what I can handle. And it’s a discipline to write it down. It requires commitment (and paper handy…even a Starbuck’s napkin will do in a pinch).  It took years to develop this habit, but the fruit of journaling is the ability to share what God has given with others.

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“Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy. Love does not boast. It is not proud.”

1 Corinthians 13:4

We are told in 1 John 4:8 that “God is love”, so when I read 1 Corinthians 13:4, I immediately want to put God’s name in place of love. When I go through the apostle Paul’s famous love passage this way, I feel really good. It makes me feel very safeguarded; to know God is patient with me, which translates “long-suffering”.  To know He goes so far as to be kind toward me in that long-suffering is just amazing! I feel so loved. I feel worthwhile. I feel His compassion toward me. Yet, in all honesty, I am tempted to feel a bit smug. If I am in my flesh, love is all about ME.

I find it very interesting, and quite possibly deliberate, that the second half of verse 4 says:
“Love does not envy. Love does not boast. It is not proud.”

My self-centered musings halt.  Love is not about me. Love is for me; it is not about me–it is about others. Holy Spirit is perfect in balancing what true love is and does, and what true love is not.

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What if God is calling us to do something that appears crazy to others? For me personally, it is adopting from Ethiopia.

I have received a lot of questions as to ‘why’ we would do this. When we answer, ‘We feel God is calling us to step in this direction’, it often is met with awkward silence. I find myself pushing back with a list of explanations. This proves exhausting!

In my exhaustion, fear creeps in and I begin to question: Is God really calling us to do this?

God spoke to my heart this week saying, ‘Why are you down in the water, pushing against these tides, when you could walk on top of the water, child?’

Yes Lord! WHY!?

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