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It’s Time to Sing?

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Early one crisp morning I stepped out on the back porch, coffee mug in hand. It was late February, and there was still snow on the ground. And that’s when I heard it: bird song! A male cardinal sat in our leafless butterfly bush singing his heart out–at 36 degrees Fahrenheit!

“How do you know winter’s over?” I said to him. He answered back in song–though not in English,๐ŸŽถ “I don’t. I just know it’s time to establish my territory, find a mate, and build a nest.”๐ŸŽถ

The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk had a similar experience. Things weren’t looking too “spring like” in Judah when he cried out to God, “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” –Habakkuk 1:2 (NIV)

God told the questioning prophet that even MORE trouble was coming. Jerusalem was about to be leveled by the ruthless Babylonians. But the Lord offers the beleaguered Habbakuk a timeless piece of advice: “But the righteous will live by his faith.”–Habakuk 2:4 (NIV)

At the end of the book the prophet takes God at His word. Like my cardinal friend he says–in so many syllables–even though things don’t look promising at the moment, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”— Habakkuk 3:18 (NIV).

Kind reader, a big part of faith is faithfulness–consistent obedience to God, no matter the weather. It’s time to sing!

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

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Christian Living

The Best Job Ever

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We called a plumber last week to come check on our ailing water heater. And, as is often the case, a young apprentice came with him. While the boss was on the phone–finding a part–the two of us got a chance to talk.

He told me that he had been in the army, but was honorably discharged after fracturing his hip in a training exercise. I asked him if he missed the military. He said, “Yes. The Army is actually the best job ever. You get told what to do. You get told how and when to do it. They even tell you what to wear!” My first thought was, “Wow, it’s the same way with the Lord!”

This is love for God: to obey his commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.

1 John 5:3

Later that evening, I combed through my Bible, looking for the job description of a follower of Christ–also known as, the”best job ever!”

God tells us what to do

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”–Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

He tells you how and when to do it.

“The Lord gave me this answer: “Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed.”–Habakkuk 2:2-3 (GNT)

He even tells you what to wear.

“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”– Colossians 3:12 (NIV)


When I was doing my undergrad, I had non-christian classmates ask me, “So, you just follow your God like a robot?” “No,” I replied, “I’m more like a Ford Model T that’s maintained by Henry Ford himself. It’s always best to stick with the guy who designed you.”

๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ prayers and love.


For a post about the best boss ever, please read: “God Believes in You.”

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Christian Living courage

Throw Out the Life Line

Early one morning, I went around the corner of the house and walked straight through a large spider web. “Ah, man!” I forgot about my eight-legged friend who sets up shop here every evening–between the rain barrel and rose bush.

As I cleared the cobwebs from my face and hair, I felt her crawl down my neck and onto my shoulder. Sure, it was kinda creepy, but she meant me no harm. In just a few seconds she was gone.

Being a spider lover, I know exactly what she did. After laying down a line of silk on my sleeve, she repelled to the ground faster than a US Army Ranger! Charlotte, she’s a barn spider–like the one in Charlotte’s Web, had an excellent escape plan.

Charlotte looks just like this. ๐ŸŽถ Isn’t she love-ly? Isn’t she beau-ti-ful?๐ŸŽถ (source, Wikipedia)

What about you and me? Can we throw out a life line to the Lord? He is certainly able to rescue us. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.” – Zepheniah 3:17a (NIV) But do we have an evacuation plan, in case of danger, to crawl quickly to the ledge and leap into the safety of His arms?

If you faint when under pressure, you have need of courage.

Proverbs 24:10 (TPT)

In other words, hardiness and determination develop by being faithful under pressure. Like the legendary John Wayne said, “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. “

Other types of arachnids, like jumping spiders, also lay down a silk safety line–before leaping after their pray. This way, they don’t fall (36 inches๐Ÿ˜€ to their death) if they miss!

Here are a few favorite scriptures I turn too when in need of braveness:

“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”– Psalm 31:24 (NKJV)

“So let us boldly approach God’s throne of grace. Then we will receive mercy. We will find grace to help us when we need it.” — Hebrews 4:16 (NIRV)

“Do not be afraid–I am with you! I am your God–let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you.”– Isaiah 41:10 (GNT)

Please share one of yours if you’d like!


For a story about another (equally freakish) encounter with a spider, please read, https://davidsdailydose.org/2021/03/31/the-spider-on-the-rim/