I am not sure what to make of this. A couple of days ago my “readership spiked.” I mean really spiked. I went from like 40-50 views per post to 290 one day. All of the activity was from one country only, and not the USA.
Interesting. Puzzling. Hopeful.
Hopeful that whether the posts are copied, read or just looked at someone felt the love of Christ and were encouraged.
Has this ever happened to any of you?
~Be Encouraged Today~
April 8th is my third “Hippy Birthday.’ Which simply means I got my new replacement on that date. Working outdoors trimming bushes and raking gives me a reason to celebrate and to ache!
I spent the morning raking gum balls. Those wonderful trees that have so many characteristics. I was being sarcastic until I started looking up facts about the “Sweet Gum” Tree.
~The wood is commercially used for furniture, doors, millwork and paneling. It is also used to make baskets, railroad ties, crates and pallets, plywood, veneer and upholstered furniture frames.
~Shikimic acid from this tree is used in medicines, tea can be made with the greener gumballs. And finches love the seeds inside the gumballs. These are just a few of it uses.
Who would have thought those crazy looking things had a purpose? I just know that when I step on them they hurt and cause pain.
The last eight weeks have reminded me of those gum balls. I felt it was time to get off of some meds that I had been on for over 16 years, and it has hurt in many ways. I will soon find out if it is from meds or another issue.
But the good news is that Abba Father knows that I have a purpose. I may feel a bit of pain right now, and not know what is going on but I have HIS love and assurance. Pain can often warn us of things that might be wrong and can be used in our lives.
Yet again today, I receive that manna that He provides. I have a purpose, and so do you.
And how neat that He reminded me of His manna through gum balls!
~Be Encouraged Today~
We have all used a similar phrase at one time or another: “He is as mean as a snake”.
I used to think that the only “good” snake was a dead one! After all, the serpent was a problem time and time again in the Bible.
We have had significant flooding in the area, and it appears as though the snakes have possibly been driven to higher ground in this neck of the woods. We have had three very long snakes in our yard in the last several weeks.
The first one was only seen by my hubby and in our front yard and he was able to kill it. There we have a “good” snake. The second five foot beauty was seen climbing up our large maple tree in the back yard while he was looking out the window. Needless to say, he made it up the tree. Continue reading Snakes and Reputations