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The Breath of Dawn

Before the breaking of dawn, I awake, startled and trembling. An eerie presence causes my skin to crawl. Darkness evades my soul. My spirit plummets.

A whisper escapes the taut muscles in my throat. “J-J-Jesus.”

Light bursts through the darkness. Tremors cease. My spirit soars—calm, rejoicing.

As I lie on my bed praising God, a vision of a flailing eaglet drifts past my mind’s eye. In the distance, flies the fledgling’s father. With his keen eyes, he spies the young bird, turns sharply, and swoops beneath it. The frightened eaglet lands on her father’s back with a soft thump. Together they return to the nest. Safe…secure…

The vision soothes my remaining ruffled fragments of fear and stays with me throughout the day as a gentle reminder of God’s protective eye that never loses sight of me.

More times than I care to remember, I have felt like that flailing eaglet. Still, God has always rescued me. And I have no reason to doubt that He always will. He cares for me.

He cares for you as well. That time you were rejected and your hurt was so deep your spirit plummeted to a new low, but you managed to find a friend who taught you the value of your life. That was God swooping beneath you, creating an undercurrent so you wouldn’t crash land.
And you, the one who lost your job. You were sure no one would hire you because of the circumstances behind it, yet several months or years and a few college courses later, you landed the job of your dreams…that was God, catching you midair and taking you to where He needed you the most.
Maybe you are the one who lost the person dearest to you to a terminal illness. You prayed with expectation. Yet at the moment of his death, darkness evaded your soul, and you were sure the sun would never rise again. But it did and little by little…day by day, you discovered a new purpose for living, perhaps in your children or grandchildren, perhaps in a ministry or through a dog that wandered into your yard. That was God carrying you on His back until you were able to fly again.

Jesus said, “ I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.” * And He meant it. All we have to do is call His name. He will minister to us, give us far more than we can ask or imagine; and best of all, He will never, ever abandon us. Like an eagle, He will carry us on the breath of dawn.

*John 14:18 (AMP)

See you in a twinkling,
Brenda
Author/illustrator

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Bad Things Happen

Last night this new blog frustrated me to the point of throwing in the towel, until I ran across this nugget in my quotes of encouragement.

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. ~Walter Anderson

Hm. I can pitch a fit, stomp my feet, and shutdown my computer, swearing to never turn it on again because no one ever reads this stuff anyway. Or after having my hissy-fit, I can write another post with trust in God that the one He had me write it for will find encouragement in it.

Christian Encouragement

It’s difficult to continue with the work, when everything seems to be falling apart at the seams. Yet, we are to be thankful and rejoice in all things. Yeah, I know it sounds like another sermon.

The point is talk is cheap. We can say we’re thankful even for the bad things that happen. We can mouth words of praise even through the storms of life. However, more than simple quotes of encouragement, our behavior reveals our faith and our gratitude.

See you in a twinkling,
Brenda

Author/illustrator of the Bumbly Bee books

Two Small Fish
Odd Duck Society
Brenda K. Hendricks