"That your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God."
1 Corinthians 2:5
Friday, June 24, 2011
Whew, my back yard does have some of the strangest animals. (And we live in a very populated area.)
I saw this bird a few times early in the morning. At first I thought it was a female woodpecker, but each time I'd get close to the window or slider it would fly away. But she (I think it's a she?) didn't peck on the trees or hop up them like woodpeckers.
So one morning I had my camera ready. Please excuse the bad photo-because it's shot through my sliders from inside and through my screen on the patio.
I managed this one shot before she flew. After enlarging it on my computer, this poor baby has a deformed bill. It appears to be a Curlew Sandpiper. I was wondering why she was alone, usually sandpipers are in groups. Oh, and at the beach. But we haven't had rain in forever, so my yard looks like the beach-all sand and no grass/weeds. She still manages to find stuff to eat, but I don't know how with her beak.
"Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn't get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan's angel did his best to get me down, what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn't think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and he told me;
'My grace is enough; it's all you need, My strength comes into its own in your weakness.'
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 (MS)
Oh, Father, let my weakness be filled with Your strength, and it is enough.
I was born in cajun country. I now live in Florida with my husband Mike. My daughter Shelly, and Dan her husband, live close. My son David and his wife, Melissa, along with my three grandchildren live in Virginia. I love them all and thank God I have been so blessed.
I wrote tips for Focus on the Family "Teen Phases" magazine and have a short story in the "God Encounters" anthology. I have a story in the book, "Fighting Fear; Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle".
I once kissed, danced and swam with dolphins, and falcons have landed on my arm. Love my English Golden Retriever. I'm a sucker for chocolate and salsa.