Scripture: Galatians 4:

4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. [b] 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, [c] Father." 7 So you are no longer slaves, but God’s children; and since you are his children, he has made you also heirs.

Job 30; Psalms 120; Galatians 3,4 – Passage Lookup – Today’s New International Version –

Observation: We are by our faith, Children of GOD!  Yet sometimes we act as if we were powerless in our circumstances.

Application:  I get a lot of good forwards from people, and if they are very good I save them.  I rarely pass them along to others – especially if they say something like "pass this along to 10 people and you’ll be blessed" or something like that.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t like them, and that I don’t get inspired by them, (because I like them and am inspired by them often!) I guess it’s the rebellious spirit I have that keeps me from wanting to conform to these pass along commands.  HAHA.   But today I got a very good one from my mother as I was reading the scripture.  (I get a lot of good ones from Mom – Love ya Mom!) and I felt that it really deserved attention.

It fits with this scripture I think because we often accept the circumstances that we find ourselves in as our prison.  We think that we have no power to rise above them.   But we are Children of GOD!  We have all the power we could ever need, and it belongs to us as our inheritance from our heavenly father.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded that we can claim that power whenever we need it. 

So – thanks Mom for sending me this today just in time to make it into my journal, and thanks to whoever originally started this forward, and whoever wrote it.  I wish I could give due credit to the author.   If anyone knows who wrote it please comment and share.


If you put a buzzard in a pen 6 feet by 8 feet that is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.

The reason:  a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to
fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place.  If placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. 
Then, at once, it takes off like a flash. 

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom.  It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself. 

In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. 
We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up!  That’s the answer, the  escape route and the solution to any problem!  Just look up. 
Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, but faith looks up! 
Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and trust in our Creator who loves us. 

Prayer: Lord God Almighty,

You are the creator and sustainer of the whole universe, and you have looked down on us, as unworthy as we are and loved us.  Thank you for taking us your creation which you were pleased to make into your image to your heart and granting us power from your throne.  When we face times of hardship and pain, help us to always look to you for the answers we need.

Love Michael


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