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Song Birds

  • Aren't five sparrows sold for two assaria coins? Not one of them is forgotten by God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore don't be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6 WEB

    We live in the South Carolina countryside and have a large oak tree in our yard, near our porch. We like to sit outside and read when the weather is nice, and it is amazing to see how many different types of small birds come by when everything is quiet.

    Here it is common to see blue jays, cardinals, doves, woodpeckers, wrens, mocking birds, finches, an occasional humming bird, and of course, the tiny sparrow. The air becomes filled with bird songs. Some of the little birds can sing so loud that I often wonder how so much sound can come from such a tiny head.

    The birds are accompanied by squirrels running up and down the tree, occasionally stopping to peer at us curiously. At night, I have watched a possum walking along the limbs. That oak tree is home to so many creatures and a thriving community is happening there, all without our help. God cares for all of nature. 'The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth' (Psalms 29:9).

    Jesus told us that not even a small sparrow is forgotten by God. While Luke writes that five sparrows were sold for two pennies (Luke 12:6), Matthew writes that two sparrows were sold for one penny (Matthew 10:29). So if you bought two pennies worth of sparrows, you got an additional one free. Not even that free sparrow is forgotten by God.

    Have you ever felt the Lord has forgotten you? I certainly have had times when I felt like that, but we are not to live by our feelings alone. The righteous will live by faith (Hebrews 10:38). Feelings change like the wind, while God's word stands forever. His word is our anchor. Even the hairs on your head are all numbered (Matthew 10:30).

    You may feel like the Lord does not care, but He wants you to know that He does care. You may feel that He doesn't know, but He wants you to know that He does know. You may feel that you have been forgotten, but He wants you to know that He will never forget His wonderful child.

    So often we get concerned about this or that, when actually Jesus is the real answer to it all. We seek the desires of our heart directly, but God told us 'Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart' (Psalm 37:4).

    The Lord knows exactly where you are today, you are not forgotten, His door is always open, and He wants you to trust Him. As you seek Him, your needs will be taken care of automatically (Luke 12:31) just as the birds of the air. In God we trust.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for loving me. I am sorry for my lack of trust when things get difficult. Please strengthen me, speak to me in a way that I understand and help me build a deeper relationship with You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray

    Note: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wylesedited: Nov 24

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for loving me. I am sorry for my lack of trust when things get difficult. Please strengthen me, speak to me in a way that I understand and help me build a deeper relationship with You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray AMEN! ...You know...God holds me , provide for me, & strengthens me everytime>> but I can still hold fear and doubt when in the middle of struggle or strife :( Forgive me Father! Help me hold faith over fear and teach me (yet again) to keep my eyes on you (L) Amen! Thank you Pastor :) God bless

Nov 24
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen!

Nov 24
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

Nov 24
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for loving me. I am sorry for my lack of trust when things get difficult. Please strengthen me, speak to me in a way that I understand and help me build a deeper relationship with You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. Lord hear my prayers. Thank you Father for you unfailing love.

Nov 24
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmannedited: Nov 24

Allow us to feel peace and assurance of your love and presence dear God. Amen. 

Nov 24
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Darlene Blackmon
Darlene Blackmon

Beautifully written.....thank you for this message....keeping faith in Our Lord when things get difficult is my life line and when things are good....I am so humbled by His blessing and graciousness.

 

Nov 24
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Nov 24
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Beautiful prayer,  Thank you Pastor.

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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen!

Nov 24
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for always being with me and for providing for all my needs, Amen!

Nov 24
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen,praise God.

Nov 24
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!

Nov 24
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father thank You so much for hearing my prayers,I know that some times there are doubts that leads me to believe I've been forgatten but You are there for me.  Lead me oh Lord,in Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

Lovely devotional, God bless. 

Nov 24
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

This was perfect for me today. I read it after I woke up, had just been praying about my vet visit this morning for my 18 year old cat Whiteheart. Praying that he would get help for his arthirtis and that it wouldn't be too expensive for me. It seemd like the Lord was reassuring me. And the vet visit was less than I feared, the vet gave him a cortisone injection which should help a lot and despite some other issues like a small heart murmur and catarats, he is in good shape, especially for 18 years old. :)  Praising God for taking care of me and my furbabies! <3 

Nov 24
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

FATHER, I KNOW I AM A SINNER, SAVED BY GRACE,PLEASE FATHER HAVE COMPASSION ON EACH AND EVERY PERSON BREATHING TODAY, IN THE NAME OF JESUS WE ASK          AMEN

Nov 24
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulusedited: Nov 24

Amen!

Nov 24
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord

Nov 24
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Even the birds sing praises to God every morning.

Nov 24
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

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LaTasha Murphy
LaTasha Murphy

Awesome!

Nov 25