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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hear (07/08/10)

TITLE: A Little Birdie Told Me!
By Barbara Lynn Culler


GOD? Where are you? I know you are here with me, but I need to hear you.

Splayed out on my bed, I whimpered out to Him; longing for His Presence. I was in the throes of clinical depression and had never felt so alone. Then out of the empty darkness, God comforted me in a very audible way.

In a numbed state of being I managed to complete daily responsibilities. My body felt like lead weight and my mind fogged over as if it were intoxicated. Exhaustion overwhelmed my soul, yet I would awaken around 3:00 every morning. This particular night, the numbness seemed too much to bear alone. I knew God was with me, but I longed for tangible interaction with Him; I cried out to my Jesus.

From within the mystical darkness of early morning, I heard the musical sound of a bird outside my window. It wasn’t just any bird song, but an unusual melody that I did not normally hear during the day. Intuitively, I knew that this was the voice of God serenading me in love. It was like the little bird was telling me that God heard me and remind me that He is right here with me. I was comforted and finally slept.

That little bird appeared during the night for the next few months, as I recovered from the illness. I called him my Jesus Bird as that was who he represented to my lifeless soul. Over the years, that same bird song has appeared at night through numerous seasons of darkness in my life.

I do not know what kind of bird it is that has the nocturnal song, and that is not important to me. The Bible reports that God has His eye on the sparrow, and I personally know that His voice also comes through a sparrow, or whatever type of bird that is available. Thank you Jesus for that little bird who tells me You love me.

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AnneRene' Capp07/15/10
Amen and I simply love the little "Jesus Bird". Put a great song and smile upon my heart.
Marie Fink07/17/10
A wonderful story of how God uses His creation to comfort us. Thanks.
Ruth Brown07/17/10
What a precious story. God is so good. Thanks for sharing. May God continue to bless you with His song. Ruth
Angela M. Baker-Bridge07/20/10
The others have said it all. Keep telling your stories of healing.
Philip Barrington07/20/10
God uses the most wonderful and unique things to encourage us at the time of a special need.

God used birds in the Bible. It just come to mind about Noeh and the Ark. It encouraged Noeh when the dove did not come back. This let Noeh know that the waters had subsided.

He used birds for an example. How he looks after the sparrows and how much more will he take care of us. Even through such a small thing as a little bird.

God bless
Colin Swann07/21/10
Wonderful story - loved it! Jesus commanded us to consider the birds, he knew they could teach us a thing or two. Thanks
Carol Penhorwood 07/21/10
Love your title! This really spoke to me, Barb, as I have been going through my own issues. What a testimony to the goodness of God!
Carole Robishaw 07/21/10
There is no limit, other than what we create, on God. So glad he chose to use something so beautiful to serenade you. Good article.
Amanda Brogan07/21/10
Wonderful job on this one, Barb! Not only is it well-done as far as the paragraphs being well-separated and the descriptions being beautifully vivid, but the message it so clearly portrays is one that we all need to remember. God hears us and loves us.

Thanks for sharing! Looks like you're really sharpening your writing skills! :)
Shirley McClay 07/21/10
Your heart was in your story and it touched my heart. I struggle with depression and it really is amazing how He uses the tiniest things that someone else may label a coincidence. We know better, don't we! Loved it!
Lollie Hofer07/21/10
Beautifully told. I like the phrase about God not only knows about the sparrow but speak through them as well. I'm sure piece is an encouragement to many.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/21/10
This is so beautiful. My eyes are filled with tears. It is comforting to know that in our darkest hour God sends us what we need. This is wonderful.The words you used were quite descriptive and made me understand the despair that you described. It touched my soul and filled me with hope as I, too have been feeling souless lately.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/21/10
This is a truly excellent devotional--I see your writing skills improving more and more.
Maria Egilsson07/21/10
Barb, your skills are just getting better and better. There was a lovely flow to this writing and the message of God's love and care is touching.

If this is your own personal experience, how tender His care for you. It gives hope and inspiration to others. That is what is so beautiful about this.
Susan Montaperto07/21/10
Thank you for sharing your story. Isn't it amazing how God never leaves us alone, even when we think we are alone and forgotten. God Bless.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/22/10
Congratulations in placing in the top 15 of your level.
George Parler 07/23/10
God's creations are always speaking to us. Of course He can sing to us through His creations. Beautiful descriptions, Barb. Well done.