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God is My Gizzard!


Yesterday I posted my sermon notes on a blog titled, “We All are Good AND Bad.” Today’s devotional in my Daily Guideposts was a wonderful follow-up to that topic… and a terrific antidote!

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God is my gizzard
Sifts out indigestibles
Keeps the nutrients

Owls have a gizzard
Because they swallow things whole
Sometimes we do, too!

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In today’s Daily Guideposts 2020 devotional, Erin Janoso shared a story about her daughter finding an owl pellet. She wrote:

“Owls don’t have teeth, so they often swallow their food whole.Because of this, they end up eating things like feathers and fur that are indigestible – and some stuff like bones – that could puncture their tender digestive systems. Luckily for the owl, it has a gizzard that acts as a shield… sifting what is nourishing from what is not.”

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We don’t have gizzards,
But we often swallow things
That are not healthy.

Social media,
Garbage from some gossipers,
And harmful untruths.

God is my gizzard.
He sifts the good from the bad –
Helps discriminate.

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Erin Janoso continued in her devotional:

“… unlike the owl, whose body acts involuntarily, I can forget how desperately I need God’s help sorting what’s nourishing from what’s not.
“I looked again at the gray mass lying on the table (the owl pellet). If an owl’s gizzard could put such an end to the things that would harm it, imagine what God could do for me, if ony I remembered to ask.”

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Erin Janoso ended her devotional with this prayer:

“Lord, help me eject from my heart
the things that are indigestible,
things that harm me
and separate me from You.”

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Psalm 28:7

“The Lord is my strength and my shield.”

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Be wise, like the owl,
and put on the armor of God.
Let Him protect you
from the indigestibles
that come your way.

Let God be your gizzard!

Bee well!

See ya tomorrow.
Love ya,
JanBeek

Lead Us By Your Grace


Lead us by Your Grace
Guide us so that we’ll be safe.

Yes, Lord! We need your guidance
Now more than ever.

Enjoy this beautiful rendition of
THE PRAYER.
Let it touch your heart as it did mine.

Hebrews 4:16

“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Where is our go-to hearth?
We may all tilt toward the screen.
Is it a bright light?

Does it reflect grace
When we addictively turn
To the media?

Social media
Can be a wonderful tool,
For we have choices.

Grace is never far;
It can be undetected
If we choose poorly.

Grace is on our screens
If we know where we should look.
See posts who tag “GRACE.”

I know grace is mine.
I feel it daily with thanks.
I share it with you.

Grace is comforting.
It’s an expression of care.
It gently lifts us.

Grace is God’s great gift.
It is delivered freely.
Accept it with love.


In these days of Pandemic Pandemonium,
Don’t succumb to the chaos!
Know that God hears and He is with you.
Find comfort in His Grace.
We will emerge a stronger, more loving world.

Where have you seen God’s grace
at work in your community,
in your home,
in your heart
this week?


Tell me about it.

See ya tomorrow…
– meantime, I’m holding grace lovingly,
and letting it seep through my fingers to you!

Smile!
We will get through this together.

Do You Tweet?


Are you a Twitter fan?

Do you Tweet?

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People can tell a lot about you depending on your answer these two questions.

Who do you follow?
and
What sorts of things do you tweet about?

 

Can I tell what you love by reading your Tweets?
Do you Tweet about things that annoy you instead?

Some people are open books – they use very few filters and they just type in whatever pops into their heads. Some are quite thoughtful.

I prefer to follow people like

Dalai Lama:

“Cooperation comes from friendship, friendship comes from trust, and trust comes from kindheartedness. Once you have a genuine sense of concern for others, there’s no room for cheating, bullying, or exploitation; instead, you can be honest, truthful and transparent in your conduct.”

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Dalai Lama’s messages are usually quite different from

Donald Trump:

“The Fake News Media has NEVER been more Dishonest or Corrupt than it is right now. There has never been a time like this in American History. Very exciting but also, very sad! Fake News is the absolute Enemy of the People and our Country itself!”

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In contrast, it helps my spirits to tune in to people like

Bob Goff:

“The world is full of difficulties; but it’s even more full of hope.”

@lovedoes
https://www.facebook.com/bobgoffis/

 

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Bob’s messages are uplifting, and so are those of

Pope Francis:

“Prayer reconnects us to God, charity to our neighbor, fasting to ourselves. God, my brothers and sisters, my life: these are the realities that do not end in nothing, and in which we must invest.” #Lent

If I follow a politician like our president,
I think it’s also important to check out other politicians.
Keep balanced – hear from both Republicans and Democrats.
Check the Tweets by

Elizabeth Warren:

“Our differences make us stronger. I will fight against all forms of bigotry and hate—including white nationalism.”

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And the Tweets by

Barack Obama:

Yesterday he tweeted, “And here are some ways to help cyclone victims in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe:” (linked @barackobama)

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For pure entertainment, I get a kick out of

The Voice:

“When insane runs meet unstoppable energy, you get this incredible battle.

See who @JohnLegend picks MONDAY 8/7c on @NBC! 🎶❤️”

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If you check out Tweets,
why do you do so?

Is it to entertain, to inform, to connect with others?
Or do you avoid it all together?

I find Twitter can be time-consuming if I get caught up in it,
and I’d rather read the blogs I follow on WordPress!

I’m curious,
what is your impression of Twitter
and all the Tweets folks are posting?

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