Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Storm has passe

   Big storm came through yesterday.. Weatherman predicting 4 to 8 inches... Well ~ we got 6 inches and the storm was finished by afternoon.. There was suppose to be strong winds and drifting snow.. Was so happy to not get the winds and today it's going to be a beautiful day~!  Sunny...It's already 28 and that is good.
     I'm leaving here in a little bit to go to Illinois to take care of my Illinois grandchildren (4).. Son, Rich and his wife,Lisa are in Las Vages for their anniversary.. They have been sending lots of pictures and looks like they are so enjoying themselves.. They will be back in Chicago on Friday afternoon... Lisa's mom has been there for 2 1/2 days and I'll be there for a couple days until they get home..
     The pheasants (3) are at the feeder this morning.. One has lost all his tailfeathers.. I looked it up to see why he has no tail feathers. It said that they when birds lose their tail feathers it's called fright mold.  It's a survival mode that occurs during trama.  All the tail feathers pop out to confuse their predator. The feathers will grow back about 4 to 6 weeks..   That is good because this bird looks funny without his tail feathers..
       This morning in my devotion it talked about Spiritual Maturity comes by degrees..
How would you describe someone who is spiritually mature? Leonard Wedel says: "A mature person does not take himself too seriously...keeps himself alert in mind ...does not always view with alarm every adverse situation that arises...Is too big to be little...never feels to great to do little things, and is never too proud to do humble things...never accepts either success or failure in themselves as permanent...is one who is able to control his or her impulses...is not afraid to make mistakes...has faith in themselves which becomes stronger as it is fortified by their faith in God."  So measured by that standard, how well are you doing ?  Are you able to evaluate your progress,without getting discouraged or feeling condemned?  Can you look at how far you still have to go, yet be able to appreciate and celebrate how far you have already come?  The Bible says we are changed "from one degree of glory to another."  Notice, spiritual maturity takes place by degrees.. In small steps, not giant leaps.. You must learn to live by God's Word, not by how you feel , for His Word states that as long as you believe, God is working in you:  "The Word of God...is effectually at work in you who believe (exercising it's superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it) " (1TH 2:13)  There is a direct connection between your daily intake of God's Word and your maturity level.. And the good news is, God hasn't left us to do it on our own. "We...are being transformed...from glory to glory...by the Spirit" (2Co 3:18)
Have a Blessed Day~! ta ta for now from Iowa

2 comments:

rex22lbs said...

Glad to hear the snow wasn't too much trouble. Good Luck to Mr Pheasant!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Poor pheasant!