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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)

TITLE: A Bird Tale
By Teresa Collins


On my knees, it’s been awhile.
Why do I procrastinate?
Why do I hesitate?
I know you listen and I know you answer, Lord, you’ve shown me time after time.

Remember the time I was struggling when my children had been violated by their uncle?
I was angry as I was driving on my way over to confront him. I was thinking horrible even violent thoughts. The angrier I got the faster I drove. My heart was broke. I couldn’t think. “Lord, please give me wisdom!” I prayed out loud. It was a long country road; I stared out in the distance. My foot eased off the gas peddle as I was captivated by a mama bird with her baby on her back. She would take a dive and let go of the baby. The little one would flap its wings then mama would swoop up under her baby to give it rest. As I watched this happen time and again, straight ahead right in my view, I heard you speak.
“See how that mama bird is letting go of her baby?” you asked.
“Yes Lord.” I answered.
“I am going to let go of you now just like the mama bird.” I listened intently
“I want you to flap those little Christian wings and remember all that I have taught you.”
“You know what is right and what would please me.” you said.
I immediately felt humble and ready to deal with the situation just as you had instructed. Tears began to roll down my cheeks. I knew that you cared; you heard my desperate plea for wisdom and responded.

When I reminisce through time and examples of answered prayer I know you are always listening and waiting. I can’t believe how you get my attention and the answers are always right on time. It’s always easy to pray when there’s a crisis or trouble but why do we wait when things are good? As I bow humbly before you in praise, I ask for your forgiveness in the times that I am distant. I ask that you would help me to draw close in the good times. Thank you for using the birds to teach me and show your presence. As I reflect on your words, “To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge.” Matthew 13:12 NLT I know that I have been touched with the abundance of your love and some day I will be strong enough to soar beside you and not have to be carried on your back.
Thank You, Lord.
Your daughter…

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Patricia Trimarchi06/16/06
This is very good. Convicting point...we wait for the emergency, or the extreme need sometimes and when on our knees realize it's been a while...thankyou for the reminder to maintain that prayer life and the resulting close relationship with our Lord in the trials as well as the very good times.Your article was clear, concise, and well written.(I would have used "broken" insead of my heart was "broke".)Thankyou! Pat
Amy Nicholson06/16/06
This was a touching story. The picture of the bird carrying her baby on her back is precious. You might want to try breaking the text up into more paragraphs to make it easier to read. Well done!
George Parler 06/16/06
Wonderful story. The need for line spacing has already been mentioned. It just makes the flow easier for the reader. Good job.
Carrie Sund06/16/06
This was a very touching story
Virginia Gorg06/16/06
Very well done - a great devotional. Thanks.
Marilee Alvey06/16/06
I really enjoyed reading this. It spoke to me because I was in the same position with one of our children and my husband's uncle.

I loved how God spoke to you. I was thinking that the lesson was to let go of your children, that they were the little birds, but that wouldn't have worked! I love how, to God, we can still be the little bird, even when we are adults.

Good job!
Tanya Dennis06/21/06
Thank you. Your application was poignant and extremely relevant. It may have detracted from your point, but I was left wanting to know what happened. How did you handle the situation? How specifically had God instructed? It's always good to leave your writers wanting more! Keep it up.
Trina Courtenay06/22/06
This was quick, to the point and left me with a great message.

Keep writing for the glory of God.