It has been a beautiful Easter day at our farm. It has been clear and very warm for this time of the year....in the low to mid 90's.
The Purple Martins have been busy with nest building and feeding. The Bluebirds have been busily tending their young, feeding and guarding, and being a living example of excellent parents.
In the photo above, you can see the father Bluebird guarding the entrance to the nestbox containing his 5 youngsters. They are pictured below.
The younger clutch of Bluebirds are also growing and doing very well, as seen below.
The reason that the picture of the younger Bluebirds is blurry, is because of their extremely protective parents. I must check this nestbox *very* quickly for the reason as seen below:
Yes, the parent Bluebirds are taking turns divebombing my head. (They've never made physical contact, but have come close enough to make me think that they would!) These Bluebird parents are constantly vigilent in providing for their young...just as our Heavenly Father cares for and watches out over us.
Some Knitting Progress
I haven't accomplished much knitting this past week, but have done a little. The Trellis Scarf is continuing to grow, slowly but surely. It has progressed slowly only because I haven't been feeling very well, but I'm improving...and my knitting needles are itching to get busy again. : )
Here's an updated picture of the Trellis Scarf:
In my nursing career I worked in several specialty areas. While working in a very large surgery department, I was blessed with working with a very talented and wise surgeon. Of the many things he shared with those of us that worked with him, I will always remember him advising us to never confuse *who we are* with *what we do*. He was encouraging each of us to not determine our own self worth basded upon our careers. He was preparing for retirement and sharing with us that we each had value far beyond what we did while working.
Many years later when I became quite ill and no longer able to continue working, I often remembered Dr. Hawley's words. It actually took me a few years to fully comprehend, understand, and realize our worth does not lie in our job performance. Our value is far beyond our own comprehension, and high enough that our Lord died for us, in our stead, so that we could have a direct relationship with our Heavenly Father. It isn't dependednt on our works. It is a free gift from the Lord...we only need to accept it.
I find that some of the most important things that we can *do* is to offer a smile, an encouraging word, a hug, a note, a prayer, a gift of friendship to someone with a heavy heart. This is what I appreciate most and what turns a heavy heart into a thankful and smiling heart.
My prayer for each of you this week is that you will know your worth and value in the Lord's eyes. And, that when the choice arises, that you will choose to follow Him and give freely of your smiles, hugs, and words of encouragement. Your heart will be blessed beyond measure. And, I am praying that you will understand the directions given by the Lord in his Word are not to be harsh or restricting, but rather as loving guidance and direction offered by a loving and caring parent that only wants the very best for His children. Just as we advise our own children to stay away from heat sources or busy streets, so He advises us through His Word...because He wants the very best for us and for us to be safe and avoid dangers.
P.S. I want to say a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone that commented, sent emails, or called this past week. You have blessed me bountifully and I am truly very thankful for each one of you.
The Bible passage that I'm sharing today was sent to me by my very dear online friend, Lois. Thank you so very much, Lois!
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore