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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Journal With Impact: Nature Perspective Inspire

Workshop: Six Conversations for Writing Creative Journals

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord had done this?” Job 12:7-9

Scripture often reminds us of the power of creation in our lives and inspires us to see through a new lens, or another different perspective. One summer I shared some inspiration I found after some investigation regarding the unique characteristics of birds as a family devotional. Here’s an example.

“Bird Struck! Woodpecker

Family Devotional

“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it” Psalm 139:14.

Although they differ in length, all woodpeckers have a straight chisel-like self-sharpening bill and straight stiff tail feathers, which help them to lean against tree trunks.

They are like living electric drills similar to the jackhammers workers use to break up sidewalks for repair. The woodpecker can pound up to twenty some blows a second on a tree. That’s a lot of hard battering.

At the back of their lower jaw is a muscular pad that acts as a shock absorber. They are specially designed for the work they do.

Not only do they drill into branches and trees to eat insects and grubs, but the holes they excavate often become nests for other smaller birds such as nuthatches, wrens, and elf owls.

Jesus tells us that God knows when each sparrow falls and how many hairs are on his head. We are each unique to Him—a one-of-a-kind design that has specific abilities for special tasks.

Sometimes He has a very special job He asks us to do. If another bird tried to imitate the woodpecker, he would be badly hurt without the shock absorber. So it’s important not to imitate other people but be our unique selves.

When we follow Jesus, He Himself protects us and becomes our shock absorber. Then we can freely live our lives in His protection doing the work he asks us to do.

What are some special things you know how to do? How can you help someone else with your abilities?”

What have you been reading, or seeing, recently in nature in your investigations that inspires you to see through a new lens and a fresh perspective whether land or sea or sky or animals. What insight have you discovered to share and how do you want to share it?

Action Steps:

1.     Take a walk in a familiar setting such as a walk around a few blocks or a nearby park, or a trail you jog or walk whenever possible.

2.     Deliberately choose a characteristic to look for or listen for: foliage, or animal, or wind and concentrate on that specific detail.

3.     What do you notice that you have not noticed before?

Share: What is your fresh insight that inspires you?

Read deep, marcy

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