I’ll take Ornithology for $1000

Ornithology is a branch of zoology that concerns the study of birds. If you’re ever on Jeopardy and you pick Ornithology this blog post won’t help much. But if you’re a parent or a teacher or you know some children, keep reading.

Research has also shown that most birds learn the song of their species at a very young age.

Parrot on a bench

 (Parakeets aren’t considered songbirds but isn’t he pretty!)

Those of us who are parents, teachers, aunts and uncles, know that children, too, learn the “song” (language) of their species at a very young age. We see how quickly they mimic our facial expressions and sounds. Nothing thrills us more than to hear “Momma” or “Daddy” for the first time.

Maddie with parrots

We go to great lengths to teach our children words and phrases and songs. We repeat them over and over and wait for anything that sounds like a response.

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I don’t have little ones anymore and we’re well beyond the years when they’re learning how to talk. My job is done I think to myself. I check the box on my imaginary parenting to-do list and move on to the next big thing.

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But in a study published in the Aug. 7, 2003, issue of Nature, the researchers show how songs that birds have learned to recognize, trigger responses in the bird’s brain. As birds learn to recognize certain songs, the cells in the brain become sensitive to particular sound patterns that occur in the learned songs.

The reminder that my children parrot more than the sounds of vowels and consonants is sobering as a parent. When they were two and four it was cute to hear them mimic certain words. Now I hear their words drip with meaning and belief, learned by listening to my life song.

The truth hits like a snowball to the back of the head. The season of teaching them how them to speak words has passed yet I am still blessed with the opportunity to teach them the heart language of a Christ follower. I must write my life-songs with scripture and testimony. These songs will trigger responses; sounds patterns to which their heart and mind become sensitive—a tune of faith with a chorus of praise.

This year we stand knee deep in change and dreams.

The days are full of disappointment and hope. They are listening. Waiting for my song.

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The sun goes down and night comes and like the bird outside my window who sings even at night, I must sing. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I know that,  “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,’ Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.…”Psalm 139:11-13

With all this talk of singing I fear I may have mislead you. No one has ever accused me of being a songbird because I don’t sing in public. But just so you know I sound just like Adele or Kari Job or Natalie Grant. Not. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but I sing anyway. I sing out in church and in the car and when I run. I don’t worry too much about how I sound. I just sing.

But how my heart sings….oh that matters to me a great deal. I want my little birds who are still in the nest and still learning and refining the songs of life to hear sweet music from my heart. I want them to hear joy in the sorrow, forgiveness in the pain, hope in the hard times. And I want them to hear it over and over and over again. I want to repeat the song of praise until they know it by heart. Until its the only tune they know.

My heart is tuned to sing his praise. Every stanza and chorus has been written by the One who made me. His rhythm marks my steps. His Word is my anthem. And so I sing.

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. Psalm 46:1-2

 

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What I Learned from Jameis Winston

I’ve a long list of things to do this time of year.
• things I need to do
• things I should’ve already done
• things that aren’t getting done because I keep adding more things to my list.

Lists are good. They help me play the game. They’re my version of the quarterback’s armband. My list helps me lead my team—my family.

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I’m kind of like a quarterback, you know. In the game of life, my team—my family, listens to me in the huddle as I call the plays. I can throw a pass to one of my receivers; do a little hand-off in the back field, or run the ball if necessary. I can call an audible when I need to and occasionally I nail a Hail Mary. My team needs me and I need them so I do my best to lead them well.

Here’s one of our huddles in the car. I love my team!

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Recently, someone showed me a video clip of Jameis Winston getting in position to take the snap. (If you haven’t seen it click here.) The referee wasn’t where he expected him to be so he attempts to move him out of the way. I was a little distracted as I watched the video so I said, “Wow” and went back to what I was doing. I really didn’t think about it again.

Until Thanksgiving Day.

I was up to my elbows in chicken intently focused on preparing dressing for dinner when the image of that quarterback pushing the referee aside popped in my mind. Immediately, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart with compassionate conviction, “Sometimes that’s what you do to me.”

I tear chicken as the Holy Spirit tears through my heart with Truth. Tears sting my eyes.

You know the Holy Spirit is like a referee in our heart. He blows the whistle when we need it. He presides over our life showing us where a foul (sin) has been committed. The quarterback in the video felt the referee was in his way—hindering him. Often the Holy Spirit isn’t where we think He’s supposed to be or in a position we’re comfortable with but He is absolutely necessary for us to play the game well. He showed me that so often I try to play the game without Him. I push him aside in my hurry-up offense.

This isn’t my commentary on Jameis Winston. I think he’s a good football player and I have no desire to evaluate him as a player or a person.

It’s just that God used that very brief video to teach me this truth—sometimes I need to slow down.
‘Cause when the clock is ticking and duty calls and I’m the quarterback….Well you’d better get out of my way even if you are the referee or the Holy Spirit.

Do I have to tell you what a bad, bad plan that is?

I am so thankful God loves me enough to throw a flag. I am so thankful he doesn’t let me push him around without blowing the whistle.

He doesn’t let you either.

The LORD said to Joshua,

“Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. And as for you, command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant,

‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.’”

And Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God.”
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You shall stand still.

Stand still?

The waters they were approaching were impassable. Nevertheless, God was going to act on their behalf just as he had done for Moses when the people crossed these waters the first time.

Be still and know

My inclination is to get busy and do something. God says, “Be still”.

Be still and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10

Being still is hard when the clock is ticking and there is much to be done.
I don’t know what you’re facing. But I know that I’m not the only one with a list, under pressure, with people depending on me.

This is the time of the year of all the times of the year when we feel there is much to be done.

That immovable date of December 25 is approaching.

Be still.

The deadline looms.

Be still.

They demand an answer.

Be still.

It may only be a moment of stillness in your morning or evening or sometime throughout your day. Step aside and allow the referee, the Holy Spirit, to be in your game. Perhaps it’s more than a moment. Maybe it’s a relationship, a job, your whole life—where you’ve pushed aside the Holy Spirit, ignoring his plan, his rhythm for your life.

Will you begin today to let your life to be ruled by the peace of God and allow Him to be the referee in every moment? If we do this we will find ourselves walking in a path of constant “whistle blowing” conviction and humbling; but in this way we will come into real conformity with Christ. This way of living will give us the only victory that is worth anything in this life.

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Answers to 4 Common Questions About the ACT

Has she taken the ACT?

What was her score?

I’ve heard those questions a few times this year and if you have a high school student you have, too. Whether you’re a traditional or home school family, the ACT is part of preparing for college. Many, many years ago I took the ACT (I’ll share about that at the end) but when it came time for my first college bound child to test I had lots of questions.

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As we prepared to launch another college bound child we decided to take advantage of a local ACT Prep Course.

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Brandi taught the Math and Science portion of the course so I reached out to her and asked her to answer a few questions about the ACT that I thought might be helpful to you.

Brandi Bright holds a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education General Science from
Jacksonville State University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSRN). Teaching science to high school students quickly became her passion and, therefore, she has continued to teach high school science classes over the last 11 years. With an equal passion for math, Brandi has spent all of these years building a strong curriculum for high school students that incorporates both math and science into every content area possible. She is committed to providing an exceptional college-prep experience for students,
as well as aiding the struggling student to achieve beyond their expectations.

The ACT

What You Should Know

The ACT is something that is talked about often throughout the high school years. Many parents remember taking it during high school yet are puzzled by all the hype to today’s ACT. You see, the ACT itself has changed little since today’s high school parents were in school. However, today the stakes are high and both students and parents are left wondering what they should do and what is available. Hopefully this will shed some light on the mysteries of the ACT.

Why take the ACT?

 The first, most obvious question is “Why take the ACT?” The answer to this is pretty cut-and-dry. The ACT is most often required as a part of the college/university admission process. It is also required for nearly all scholarship applications. And, not only is it a requirement but the score itself has more to do with acceptance and scholarship eligibility than grade point average (GPA) (high GPA’s are a requirement but that alone will not get acceptance). Therefore any student who is college-bound will with almost certainly be required to take it. Virtually the only exception falls with those who choose to take the SAT instead of the ACT. This is most often personal choice since pretty much all colleges now allow both tests for admission (some do want SAT subject test for course placement and possibly for admission and scholarship eligibility in addition to the ACT or SAT). This all leads us to what is perhaps a more important, yet less often asked question…

When should the ACT be taken?

Frequently this question comes too late. While there is no definite answer as to when it has to be taken, time has shown that those students who start early taking the ACT and preparing for it are more likely to increase their scores and qualify for more scholarships. College admission applications and scholarship applications most commonly have a deadline date between December and March of the student’s senior year. ACT scores must be in and available to the college prior to those deadlines. This limits the student’s opportunity for improving their scores and re-taking the ACT during their senior year. For this reason, most students are encouraged to take it during their Junior year.

HOWEVER, data shows that taking the ACT at least once during the sophomore year when stakes are lower has beneficial effects. There is no limit to how many times a student can take the test and colleges count the highest score – not most recent. A sophomore testing session allows the student to experience the test taking process with the knowledge that they will have plenty of time to re-take it. Also, the scores give them an idea of what a realistic goal is for them and what they will need to do to reach that goal over the next 1 ½ – 2 years. Time is on their side and if they are committed they can make drastic improvements in their score.

How To Prepare for the ACT

 Now that it has been determined when and why the ACT is taken, it is now time to address How To Prepare for the ACT. Preparation can vary depending on what works best to meet a student’s need. There are many books with advice, subject-specific content reviews, and practice tests on the market. Many of these are very helpful, but do be aware that ACT prep is a big business so there are many pitiful efforts made by publishing companies in an attempt to cash in. Sticking with the better names is advantageous while also checking out Internet reviews in order to pick out the best option. There are also general and subject specific guides that are very good, but also beware because many of them require an ACT prep book to reference in order to fully use the guide. Most guides are written to enhance the #1 ACT prep book on the market, which is The Real ACT, 3rd Edition. These guides are not necessary but some do offer some good suggestions.

ACT prep books are fantastic and almost certainly a necessity. Internet resources are also plentiful and helpful. However, nearly none truly deal with strategy and developing a study plan. They also do not assist with time-saving measures when dealing with specific types of problems. The subject-specific reviews can also be a bit overwhelming and there is no-one to whom students can ask questions. This is why ACT prep classes can be a huge advantage. Especially when the class size is small and there is someone knowledgeable in the specific subject-areas to give tips and answer questions. Students are also more likely to know how to use their book and how to study more effectively after taking an ACT prep class.

What is a good score?

All this talk about preparation and improving scores and college and scholarship eligibility brings up another very important question. “What is a good score?” The answer to this depends greatly on what college/University is being considered. It is best to look at the specific college and see what their average admittance score is and then add roughly 5 points to it for scholarship eligibility. That being said, there are some general suggestions to give an idea of where a student stands. For Junior colleges, ACT scores are most often used for course placement in math and English and not as much for admission. Smaller 4-year state colleges and universities average about 18-20 for acceptance and scholarships for partial tuition begin around a 24. Larger, more competitive state universities have a broad range of average scores for admission but a good idea is around 22-24 with scholarships beginning around 27-30. Prestigious colleges around the country have an admission range in the 28 ballpark with partial scholarships beginning at 30-32. There are, of course, exceptions to all of these categories and these score ranges are averages so there are many accepted with far lower scores and do very well in colleges and universities. However, the higher the score the greater the scholarship opportunity.

Now that we have established a basic overview of the ACT, lets discuss some of the advantages of the test. The ACT has become incredibly accessible and is fairly affordable. It is given almost monthly and the locations abound! The ACT is given at most colleges and universities and some high schools. It is also now being given by many school systems to their students during privately arranged test times. Because of all the opportunities to take the ACT and the many preferences within colleges and universities for the ACT, ACT prep resources are abundant. This gives students a variety of good opportunities for achieving their goals. Although many schools have moved to promoting AP courses (put out by College Board, the SAT company, therefore a different format and focus than the ACT), because of the popularity of ACT, they are teaching a bit more to the ACT-style. This gives students a little more advantage when taking parts of the ACT, although it is not altogether a prep for the ACT.

 This is pretty much the general scoop on the ACT. Hopefully this has been informative and will provide you with a basic understanding of the ACT.

Thanks, Brandi, for providing us with answers! Good information helps us be prepared. If you’re interested in the ACT Prep Course Brandi leads leave a comment with your email address and I’ll send you more information.

You can also find The Real ACT Prep Guide here.

One final note for parents and students: My ACT score was 20. I took it once my senior year and don’t remember knowing that I could or should take it again. But I have a college degree, a master’s, and a doctorate. My hubby never took the ACT and spent some time on academic probation due to over-zealousness in extra-curricular activities, aka, he partied too much.  However, he went on to get a college degree, and a master’s that benefit him and others in his life’s work and calling. We did not have the benefit of scholarships and spent years paying student loans. We consider it one of our greatest investments.

Don’t let your GPA or ACT score or some past academic short-fall determine what you do with your life. Work hard. Get help when you need it and never, never, never, give up.

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.

2 Timothy 4:17

 

 

 

 

You’re a Dead Man

It’s a serious threat heard in action movies and a harmless one occasionally between friends. If you Google it you might get 215 million results with a few video clips that probably wouldn’t be edifying so don’t even go there.

“You’re a dead man!” Have you heard it? Have you said it?,

You are (or were) a dead man or woman.

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I was a heart pumping. inhaling, good-not-good-enough prisoner.

Good as dead.

Sentenced for my sin.

But God made a Way in Jesus placing upon Him the debt I could not pay.

He took upon himself the punishment I deserve. For the lies. For the pride. Because I hated you as much as I loved me. I was no innocent child. Behind the freckles and pigtails and cute little wire-rim glasses was a girl born hell bent to have her own way. Make her own way if she must. I was four days in the grave stinkin’ up the whole place dead in my sin.

And He was right there in the middle of all my self-sufficient mess, calling me forth from that grave and dressing me new in Him.

I’m alive now.

I. Am. Alive.

I’ve known Him for so long; sometimes I forget what I was without Him.

Hopeless.

Great Smokey Mountains 2012

Lazarus was a dead man. D.E.A.D. Dead. And Jesus was right there to bring him back to life. Death was no match for Jesus; he called him forth from that grave and dressed him new with the testimony of a resurrection.

And then we read this:

On account of Lazarus many believed in Jesus.

John 12:11

I sit in a hospital room and waiting room and doctor’s office and I hear it. The praises of white coats and scrubs; hands that heal with knives and needles and knowledge. Belief rolls off the lips of the ones made well.

What more then for the Resurrector?

The One who makes dead me and dead you alive again with a Word.

We come forth healed whole and belief rolls off our lips.

They will hear it and see it. On account of you and me many will believe.

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With simple words many will believe.  With a song they will believe. With a smile they will believe.  With kind words they will believe. With love they will believe.

 

No Shave November

Welcome.

I’m really glad you’re here.

A few weeks ago I decided that November is the perfect time to take a much needed break from social media. “No Media November” works for me more than “No Shave November” don’t you think? (FYI: These posts are set to go to Facebook and Twitter automatically in case you clicked there.)

I’ll use the extra time to count my blessings, refresh this space, and focus on a big writing project.

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God is at work in me and I want my life and this space to reflect what I’m learning in my walk with Him. I know you have the desire to be successful in all that you do and live a life that pleases God so there will be some minor rearranging and editing here that I hope will be helpful to you.

God’s standard of success is obedience to His Word. Every area of life must conform to His standard if we are to be successful. My desire is be obedient to Him in my marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, health and fitness, finances, and spiritual life. Like Paul, I don’t always do the things I want to do; and the things I don’t want to do are often the very things I do. (Romans 7:19-20) But I press on.

My focused goal here is three-fold:
• to honestly share my struggles as I seek to live life God’s way
• to shine a light on God’s unwavering faithfulness
• to equip you with the tools you need to stay the course and finish well.

PERFECT TIMING
I plan to have those changes ready by December 1. In the meantime, I hope you’ll visit often. I’ve certainly missed connecting with you on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram so today would be the perfect time to leave a comment! Share a struggle, a testimony of God’s faithfulness, or a renewed commitment to walk with God. I’d like to know I’m not alone here.

Speaking of the perfect time…one last thing before I go.

For years I waited for the perfect time to write a book. In my 20’s and 30’s I was busy with school and family and work. The perfect time never came. Or so I thought. Now in my very late 40’s the perfect time has yet to materialize but I’m going for it. All those words scribbled on napkins and receipts and journal pages have been organized and outlined. Chapters are taking shape and the book proposal is being fleshed out. There’s been laughing, crying, binge eating, and lots of praying. Deadlines are looming. Perfectionism is banging on the door, but I’m not letting her in. My heart and mind are set on Him.

What are you waiting for?

The perfect husband or wife? The perfect season of parenting? The perfect job? The perfect church? The perfect house? The perfect time of life?

The perfect time to obey God is now.

Right where you are.

Love and serve the husband or wife and children you’ve been given. Work hard at your job. Get involved in the church where you’re attending. Practice hospitality in the home where you live.

Obey God right where you are right now.

We can be all that God desires for us to be because it is Him doing the work in us. Paul knew the struggle well as we read in Romans 7. But he also knew the goal and kept his eye on the prize.

Focused on the Goal
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.
Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.
But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him. (Philippians 3:12-21. MSG)

READY, SET, GO
That’s your cue to start. Begin again right where you are and finish this day, this year, this life walking with God. I’ll be right here with you.

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 31}

Thank you for walking with me on this journey. These last 31 days have reminded me that I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses committed to walk by faith on blue sky days and stormy ones. As I look around and see you holding fast to Truth and Promise I am encouraged and strengthened.

Today we end these 31 days together with a celebration.

We were in San Diego recently and spent a day on Coronado Island. As we arrived at the beach we saw the beautiful, old Hotel del Coronado. We noticed a marriage celebration taking place and the beautiful bride and groom on the beach.

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We weren’t invited to the celebration that day but there is an invitation with our name on it.

Do have yours?

The Revelation of Jesus Christ is a message of hope for believers in the 1st century and the 21st century. Blessed are those who are invited to the feast.

And from the throne came a voice saying,

“Praise our God,
    all you his servants,
you who fear him,
    small and great.”

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters

and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
    and his Bride has made herself ready;
 it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:5-9

31 - RevelationDon’t you just love happy endings?

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 30}

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Jude 1:24

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 29}

If you could crawl inside my mind for just a minute you might see thoughts about:

ACT scores—College admissions—Braces—Marriage proposal—Driver’s Licenses—Empty Nest—Puppy Love—Messy rooms—Hormones—Graduation—Loud people—What’s for supper?—Mounds of laundry—Shopping trips—What’s for supper?—Cell phones—Nail polish on carpet—High School Chemistry/Anatomy/Calculus—What’s for supper?—Wedding dates—Gray hair—Lose 10lbs—What’s for supper?

When I became a mother I wasn’t thinking about any of those things. Maybe I was too sleep deprived to have a complete thought.

As kids grow up, each stage of life has the potential to send parents careening into the fear and worry ditch. The Liar loves to see us there.

Walk on Water Faith believes this:

 I have no greater joy than to hear

that my children are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:4

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We are surrounded by storms and rough seas. Life is hard and The Liar won’t let up.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion,looking for someone to devour. I Peter 5:8

Praise the Lord for Truth. Cling to Truth.

How’s your walk?

How’s your Walk on Water Faith?

I hope you’re holding fast to these Truths. Seems I’ve needed them more than ever the last few weeks.

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If your children are walking in truth, thank God for that and allow this verse to help you maintain your perspective as a parent when The Liar tries to get you sidetracked. If your children are not walking in truth, pray this verse for them and trust the One who loves them even more than you, to redeem and transform them.

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 28}

My momma used to say I walk like I’m going to a fire. She was right.

I still walk that way. Except when I’m with him.

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He walks slow. S—L—O—W—.

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(He swears he walks fast at work. Must be all the coffee.)

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Whatever.

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During the three decades we’ve been together I’ve tried to change how he walks. I’ve started out beside him holding his hand, quickening the pace thinking he would speed up. I’ve started out in front, shouting “Come on” over my shoulder. Sometimes I just leave him and go on my way.

Two things I’ve learned:

  1. He ain’t gonna walk fast. Ain’t. Gonna. Happen. Unless there’s a real fire and then he would run to it and into it and through it if need be ’cause that’s how he is.
  2. Walking slow is good. Dare I say sometimes better than walking fast? I’m learning to like it.
  3. You can identify someone a mile away by how they walk.

You can, can’t you? Way before you can see their face, you know their walk. You can identify a child on a playing field, or a uniformed soldier, or a loved one in a crowd just by their walk.

A walk is a funny thing, too. A bench in the mall provides hours of observation and entertainment.  You’ll see gliding, bouncing, shuffling, striding, galloping, tottering, limping—all kinds of walking.

We have a spiritual walk, too. Our spiritual walk refers to our everyday conduct as believers in Jesus Christ.

John commended his readers’ walk (or at least some of them). He rejoiced to find them walking in truth. They were living in a manner, in their everyday ordinary life, pleasing to God.

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.
 2 John 1:4

I wonder what John would think of my walk? More importantly, what does God think of my walk? Is he rejoicing as He looks on? Am I shuffling along in unbelief? Am I galloping along in my sinful habits? Am I limping along in unforgiveness?

Walk on Water Faith means walking in truth—living in a way that bears witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His redeeming work. This Gospel will transform all who believe and perfect our walk toward Christ-likeness.

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So how’s your walk?

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Walk on Water Faith {Day 27}

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

I John 1:5

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