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Molly: by David Evans

It's cold here in Florida and the squirrels in my back yard yesterday were acting crazy! I have three oak trees, and they ran up and down, dug holes, dug up holes, chased each other, jumped from tree to tree and ran among my ferns.

As I watched two in particular, they had something going on. One ran down the tree, dug up an acorn, turned, looked up the tree at the other squirrel, as if to say, I have an acorn and you don't. The squirrel in the tree ran down and chased her (I'm assuming it was a "her") away from her spot.

She ran up the tree and sat on a knot in the tree about 3 feet up and ate her acorn. Then she gathered her tail in her little front feet as if to clean. But I know better. She looked at him (the other squirrel) then, she did this flirty thing with her tail and cleaned her stomach with her little feet. Yep, you guessed it. He, (had to be a he) came running up the tree after her.

Of course she played this game of come and see what I have, then no, you can't have it game for a few minutes, then up the tree and out of sight they both went.

"God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24

Now, really, we know what those squirrels were after. But how do I portray my belief in God to others?

Do I speak the truth, then don't act like it? Do I say I trust and don't? Do others watching me see nothing more than flirting with my witness? When I say, come follow me, I know the Person who can help, do I run away when they start to come? I must make up my mind to do what I say I believe.

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Parsley said...

Good post. I am venturing on sharing my actions and words with spirit and truth, kindness and patience.

Karyn said...

Great post. Karen!

That is so hard, to find the courage to share the light with people, and to do so with temperance and not ferver or pushiness, as those are sure ways to deter those who need the help.
I am with Parsley, it is only through spirit, truth, kindness and patience that God's true light can shine in us and then hopefully it will find it's way to others.

Happy New Year, dear friend, and hugs

Jean Wise said...

I would add share the good news with joy too. Those squirrels sure provided you with a few moments of joy - what a gift!

Hilary said...

You have clever analogies. :)

Karen, I don't see your email address on your blog so please send me an email by responding to this comment alert (or if you're not set up for alerts, my address is on my blog) and I'll reply with an answer to your awards question before I get around to answering my blog comments. :)

Dave said...

Enjoyed your little story Karen. - Dave

Karen said...

Parsley, we will all work on that together!

Karyn, I agree with all you said. Have a good one, dear friend.

Jeanie, yes, squirrels are funny--that's why it struck me as being like us. :p

Hilary, thanks so much for your help with my blog learning. Blessings!

Dave, I love watching "things" and animals especially. Have a good one.

Melinda said...

Wonderful post ... I have a post brewing in my head on this same topic (living out our faith). I must say, that Molly squirrel is cute, but not as cute as MY Molly! ;0)

Thanks for being so faithful to encourage me in my blogging. You are such a blessing to me, Karen!

dawn said...

Karen--I pictured that little flirty squirrel as I read. Pretty funny to watch I'm sure!

Wow...the way we live is the truest indication of what we believe. We live out of our beliefs. What an important challenge you have given.

Auntie Cake said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks so much for your prayers. I think Libbie and I were just totally unprepared for how shocking the whole situation was for us. And to have to watch not only his wife, but all his close friends... But thank you, so much, you have no idea how I cherish the prayers... I will be back when I can think clearly. Hopefully that will be soon!
Kate

Jeanette Levellie said...

I love this post, Karen, and the drawing of the squirrel. Was it done by your son? Excellent! My son is an animator; I enjoy great art.

I'm asking the Lord for more boldness in sharing Him with others. It's easy on paper in a column or an article; more challenging face to face, where someone may think I'm a nut!

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Melinda, no your Molly is cuter. This is just a drawn pic. :) I think we will have more challenge in the future to live what we speak.

Dawn, the squirrels are so funny and fanciful. But I fight with staying "true" all the time.

Kate, I cannot imagine how you feel. I just know with friends and family, it had to make it better for the wife. Take you time, and while I wait I will be praying.

Jeanette, yes, my son drew this. What kind of animation does your son do? How interesting!! Yes, living out loud is hard.

Libbie said...

Yes ~ it is so much easier to have good intentions than to do good. Most of the serving other that I do is in my church right now & I really need to find a way to shine God's love to the community around me.

THanks for your encouraging words always Karen. Life sure has been crazy lately! It is so wonderful to have found this supportive group of women to share life's adventures with.

I think I have read at least one of those Beverly Lewis books too ~ it was a while back but I do remember really liking it. I should check another one out & read it- Like I have time :) Well one page at a time right :) I do lOVE to read & I have been missing that lately. I actually am going to sneak upstairs & read a ittle tonight so I better get going since it is getting late!

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