10.15.2012

Christian Chicks and Mama Ducks {Faith Life Preservers-Day 15}

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“‘If you can’?” said Jesus.
“Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Mark 9:23

I am leaving the church Sunday feeling full of God and loved all through to my inner most parts, when I am stopped by a Sister in Christ who is is determined to give me a word of encouragement.
She asks how our family is doing and holds my arms seeking my eyes with firm gentleness.
I glance at the car, see my hubby, daughter and her friend waiting.
They know when we Christian chicks pause to talk, well there is no stopping us.
She holds me fast.
She asks if she has ever shared the story of the ducks with me?
Um, no. I know she hasn't, and am remembering the dad who is picking up
his daughter after church at our house.
 I'm all ears, waiting to hear what she will say.
We live close by and after all,
 it's good to pause when wisdom taps you on
the shoulder and asks to whisper in your ear.

She tells me of a difficult season she had with her own daughter 
and how she was driving on the highway one day, when she noticed a traffic jam.
As she strains to see what all of the commotion is over, she catches the 
cause of gridlock in her view.

Before her eyes, stopping traffic,
is a mama duck leading her ducklings across the lanes of now stopped traffic.

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She speaks fast and clear that God spoke to her clearly that day.
That the Mama Duck walked and the baby ducks followed. 
She said God's message was that she should keep walking
stand firm and believe without looking back.
It was a message of trusting God and believing for what is to be, 
though is not yet.

You see lately I find myself looking back a lot to the times when
things were different.
 Sometimes when we look back, we don't see clearly, friends.
Pain, difficult circumstances and suffering can blur our vision.

I confess:
I am Israel, looking back fearfully at Pharaoh's fierce army, pursuing hard.
I am Israel, angry with God for the miracle I can't see yet.
I am Israel cursing and questioning why I have been led to this place in the desert to die.
I am Israel doubting my God is good. 
Yet these same people witnessed God destroy the enemy that pursued them.
I am Israel and I bow down to the same God they sang to on that day.
I am Israel and I hope in The One True Living God,
who revealed His fullness in a man,
Yehoshua (יהושע).
Jesus.
Messiah.


I needed that message of hope and encouragement, friend.
Perhaps you need it too.
Have you ever received the gift of an encouraging word
that planted hope in your heart at the time 
you needed it (even if you did not know you needed it!)
from a sister in Christ or fellow mom?
We Christian chicks and mothers need to find other 
 mama ducks who might benefit from a word in season 
or promise of hope. 

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, 
“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Mark 9:24

A Faith Life Preserver is an act, kind deed, word or anything
that keeps your faith from sinking. It is a sighting, an unexpected gift,
a gentle but needed reproach, a prayer.


31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012

See all other Faith Life Preserver Posts HERE.
Check out all of the other 
31 Day Topics and Bloggers HERE!



12 comments:

  1. Oh wow. What a powerful message.

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  2. Love the duck story. So true, I never thought of it before, but mama duck doesn't look back or prod them along when its serious moving time. She just goes forward! wow, good stuff!

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    1. Grateful for an encouraging story from a sister in Christ!

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  3. Hi Dawn, with spring coming on fast over here we have our fair share of mama ducks walking the chicks across the road. Next time I see them I will remember also to not look back. Great encouragement
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Yes, Tracy! I am learning and grateful for God's creative way to speak to us, through us, to one another!

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  4. What a marvelous reminder to keep moving forward..."remember Lot's wife"...don't look back...

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  5. Oh, how I love it when God send someone to speak hope and life just when we need it.. and the duck story? Makes me smile! Yes, keep walking, dear one!

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  6. I can see my kids rolling their eyes when we stop to talk to people ... when they just want to go home. :)

    So glad you had a sister to encourage you.

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  7. This is so good, such an amazing display of how sisters in Christ are so vital to our faith walk. So glad that God spoke through her and that you were able to listen. Christian chicks unite! :)

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  8. I am super guilty of looking back on occasion...what a great and encouraging word. I am a MOPS Coordinator for a group that meets at a church where I live...this group is all about encouraging moms. Not all of our moms are Christians, but our leadership is and this can be so helpful when in need of reproach or a kind word. I am excited to read more of your 31 days...I am doing that too. Mine is 31 days to grace.

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  9. LOve this story.. beautifully written. Thanks for sharing.
    Diane
    treasuringgrace.blogspot.com

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