Little Bird, Scared Silly

The other day, a Little Bird all of 3 inches long flew into our home. Two of our doors had been left open, and the poor creature, suddenly finding itself in this “new dimension”, was scared silly!

So silly, that instead of instinctively turning around and flying back out the way it came in, Little Bird decided to flutter around from perch to perch. Two large doors loomed wide open in front of it, but instead of flying out, it kept flying higher and higher as if the roof would somehow magically open and let it out!

At one point, Little Bird found the ventilator window that is shut tight permanently, and kept banging against it even though its wings were getting hurt. Once exhausted from the effort, it settled down on a wire, and tried calling out to its friends for help. Sadly, none of them ventured in to the rescue.

All this while, I was gently telling the bird to calm down, look at the open door ahead, and fly out through it – by this point, we had three open doors, and almost every window in the house was open. I even tried creeping closer to the bird to see if I could catch it gently and carry it out. But the closer I inched, the further it flew in desperation.

Finally, losing patience, I told the bird, “Ok, enough trying to be gentle with you. The only thing left for me to do is to scare you.” So I clapped my hands and raised my voice… and right enough, Little Bird immediately flew straight out of the door it hadn’t seen before!

You probably know where I’m going with this. Little Bird is so much like us. Sometimes we land ourselves in trouble as a result of our own mistakes and and find ourselves in an uncomfortable place. When we do, our immediate response must be to get back out the same way we got in.

But if you find yourself too deep in already, don’t panic, hurt yourself, get deeper into the problem, and make things worse. Don’t furiously try venting it out on anything that appears close to freedom, getting hurt in the process, and blame satan for everything. Don’t expect anyone to help get you out, because they don’t know the place you are in, and as much as they would like to help get you out, most often they can’t. Don’t wait for the Father to scare you in order to force you out of the place you’re in.

CALM DOWN and LISTEN to the Father with His still, small voice directing you. Instead of running away from Him, thinking He’s out to get you and punish you, let Him pick you up in His gentle hands and carry you out to safety and freedom!

Photo Credit: INDIA’S BIRDS


“Hold My Hand”

When I couldn’t sleep as a child, I would often reach out under the covers to my mother, saying, “Hold my hand…”.

The other night, I found myself asking Jasher the same thing. And as he held my still quite little hand in his, I drifted off to thoughts of asking Daddy God to please “Hold my hand”:

When a toddler reaches his/her hand out to an adult, in that simple act, he/she is saying, “I can’t do this on my own. I need your help. I know you are stronger and wiser than me. I trust you to hold me and be with me. I know you won’t let me fall, and even if I do, you will be there to pick me up, soothe my wounds, and assure me that it’s gonna be ok. I know you can guide me to the place I need to go, protecting me from things I cannot see, and leading me down the best route. Your kind voice will cheer me on, telling me which way to go and what not to do, and when I reach my destination, I know you will celebrate with me. On my own, I am afraid, but in your grip, I know I am safe. So please hold my hand. I am counting on you.”

I never want to lose that same childlike trust in my Heavenly Father. So my prayer today and always will be, “Hold my hand.”


Are Setbacks Blocking Your Destiny?

During a very disturbed night drifting in and out of sleep, I heard something inspiring that I feel an urge to share. I hope this will encourage someone today.

Don’t let your setbacks hold you back from your destiny!

Picture a catapult. The farther back it is pulled, the further and more powerful the impact. The same goes for setbacks. It’s in that dire situation when you are stretched beyond known limits and find yourself trying to hold on for dear life to a line fraught with tension, that you must NOT try to get comfortable and carve a niche for yourself. Instead of dwelling in the past, focus on the future. Take aim at where you want to be. And most importantly… LET GO!


The Journey Has Only Just Begun

This was a word the Lord gave us the morning before we led worship at a church. Unknown to us, the church was ordaining leaders that day, and the word was a great blessing and encouragement to them.

The journey has only just begun. Just as a journey of a hundred miles begins with one step. To complete your journey, you must take thousands of steps. But fear not, all you need to do is take one step at a time. I am with you. I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go, I will guide you with my eye. When you turn to the left or the right, you will hear a voice behind you saying, this is the way, walk in it. I have given my angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways. I Myself will strengthen and uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Do not despise small beginnings, and do not be quick to judge the end by the beginning. For I am Alpha and Omega, both beginning and end. I know the end from the beginning. I will complete the good work I began in you. Remember, I am the same God who chose Joseph, Gideon, David, and Mary… even My Son Jesus was born in a poor stable. In your weakness, My strength will prevail. So humble yourself before Me, and I will lift you up. For I am the glory and the lifter of your head.