a signal grace

This weekend I was listening to a podcast and heard the term ‘signal grace‘ for the first time. I didn’t know what that meant, so I looked it up and had an “ahh moment”.

It is a Catholic term and promised to those who pray the rosary. Being raised Southern Baptist, I didn’t know traditions, but was determined to find out the scoop.

I had never really thought about the term, signal grace, but in my own life I have experienced these and called them, “God moments” when God shines a light on something that is happening in my life and speaks to my heart.

For example … my own God moment/signal grace has always been birds. When my son passed away, I had 3 different occasions where birds were involved. One in particular was in California, just two days after his funeral. I was walking on Coronado Island in the early morning and telling complaining to God how awful I felt and how no one understood the pain of losing their son……..and He sent a bird.

Yes. He sent a bird. Into my hair.

It came out of nowhere and swooped down onto my head and as I reached back to swat it away, God instantly, YES INSTANTLY, showed me His son on the cross. Sooo….yes, He understood my pain. And in that moment after the bird flew away, I had to smile. Ok. Oooops.

My God in heaven knows pain. Jesus knew pain. I’m not the only one with problems or pain and only have to turn on the TV to see all the hurt.

That was just one moment with birds. Several other moments happened and always made me smile. These were my signal graces.

I like to get up early for my time with the Lord and this morning it was still quite dark outside and as I sat reading His Word, a bird outside my window was singing his little heart out! In the dark!

Once again, God showed me how even in the darkness, I should be singing.

Our world seems to be crumbling around us, but it’s not up to me to sit and worry. It’s not up to me to try and figure out the answers to what is going on across the globe. It’s my job to sing in the darkness.

So, no matter what comes our way …. sing. The Lord may want you to act, but in your sacred duties, sing like the little bird in the dark. Read His Word and know you are loved.

an albino hummingbird…tweet that!

How beautiful and how rare!  A ruby-throated albino hummingbird is a precious sight for all of us!

Kevin Shank took these gorgeous photos in Virginia and had them published in the October, 2011 issue of Nature Friend magazine.

Matthew 6:26, “”Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

Enjoy!

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more great photobombs…

As a reminder:

Photobomb –  (verb) to drop into a photo unexpectedly.  An otherwise normal photo that has been ruined or spoiled by someone who was not supposed to be in the photograph.

PHOTOBOMBS…not just for animals anymore…..And don’t worry….mine are family friendly!

And who wouldn’t want Will Ferrell photobombing your wedding announcement?

just another bird? I think not…

Creation is a mystery, right?  I mean, as christians, we KNOW that God created all things, but think about it.  There was nothing and BAM!  Heaven and earth!   And that was just the beginning!!  Our little minds say that such an event could not happen, but our faith drives us farther and takes us beyond reason to the beautiful truth of God’s creation.

Check out these birds….Formed in the mind of God, they have such a uniqueness and are a breathtaking example of God’s hand…

1.  Himalaya Monal

2.  Formosan Magpie

3.  Flamecrest

4.  Golden Pheasant

5.  Green Jay

6.  Kingfisher

7.  Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

8.  Bleeding Heart Pigeons

9.  Nicobar Pigeon

10.   Quetzal

11.  Winson’s Bird of Paradise

12.  Peacock

13.  Sup, Polish Chicken

Father God, help me to see the beauty all around me.  Remind me of your love and your grace today and never let me forget how much you love me!

the baby hummingbird…

This guy found this baby hummingbird after it was attacked, and he nursed it  back to health until it decided to stay and be his pet. Very charming video,  and be sure to have your sound on. The song in the background is almost as  good as the video itself. (Thanks, Clyde!)