Sneak Attack

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Matthew 4:10, NLT

bird sneak attackHere in this beautiful spring season, I love to sit on our back porch and watch the House Finch that floods our back yard. Urgent to multiply, feathered couples flutter from tree to tree gathering choice morsels to pad the birthing room of their little ones. We’ve made friends with them every year and have enjoyed watching their brood hatch, grow, then learn to fly. That is until last year.

While sitting on the porch preparing a Daily Dose of Encouragement, I looked up at the nest that had been filled with babies, but only two eyes were staring back at me…eyeball to eyeball. They most definitely were not baby bird eyes, but beady, evil eyes. You guessed it…a dirty, rotten snake had slinked it’s way up the column from underneath the nest, and dined on those sweet innocent birds. Full and digesting it’s diner, it rested it’s chin on the outer edge of the nest, staring straight into mine.

I imagined it was thinking…”next?”

Yes, I was scared and my skin crawled. But, I was also livid! This was my porch…my turf, and what I considered, my birds! However, the enemy never cares about our turf. In fact, he makes it his mission to invade it and try to destroy it. Listen to what Jesus said in John 10:10:

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Jesus spoke of the enemy that goes after our family just like that snake went after those baby birds. That enemy is powerful, yet many people don’t even recognize he exists, but he does.  Jesus encountered him face to face.

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry.

During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”

But Jesus told him, No! The Scriptures say, (emphasis mine)

‘People do not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”

Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say,

‘He will order his angels to protect you.
And they will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’ ”

Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’ ”

Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”

10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,

‘You must worship the Lord your God
    and serve only him.’ ”

11 Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.

My friend, the enemy doesn’t just pick on little bird families. Certainly, since he tried to destroy Jesus, he would seek to destroy us. However, Jesus showed us the secret to defeating the enemy. Three times the enemy tried to destroy Jesus by making him sin against His Father God. All three times Jesus defeated the enemy by quoting His Father’s Words.

It’s incredibly important for us to read, study and learn God’s Word, and store it deep in our heart. Then, when the enemy comes slinking up the foundation upon which we have built our family, we will not be taken by surprise. We will know how to fight! We will answer that enemy with what we have stored in our hearts…the Words of our Father and His promises of protection. We will see that enemy for what he is…a pathetic imposter set on our destruction, but who is easily overcome by the Words of our Father.

Until next time,

Your Traveling Partner,



“But the word of the Lord was to them, “Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little …” “
Isaiah 28:13

17 (1), DOING IT TIL YOU GET IT RIGHTWe started out talking about kindness this week, and the great need for us to give it out freely. We are also reminded of our individual need to receive it as well, especially on days when life is getting the best of us.

Sitting under that portico, with rain and ice pouring all around me, God reminded me of several things I thought I’d learned long ago.

  1. Time spent in prayer and communication with the One who made us is never a waste. And He can cause that to happen any time, any place, no matter how busy or behind we think we are.
  2. Sometimes He has answers to our long time prayers, but we’re too busy to sit with Him long enough to hear His ideas. His idea to use Notes on my phone will be one I continue to use as He brings Doses to my heart in everyday life. So He really answered my time crunch problem in a permanent way.
  3. Kindness is incredibly important. It is a free gift we can give to others, because our Kind and Gracious God gives it to us.
  4. Sometimes when interruptions come, it’s because He has a better plan. It certainly was for me that day. Because all things really do work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes.

I’ll end this week encouragement with a personal victory. Later the same day of the lost keys and all God brought through that, He let me practice what He was trying yet again to teach me. Still in a hurry to get back to the office, I stopped for my last errand at the pharmacy. An elderly gentleman stood at the register checking out as I approached the counter. With only one item to check out, a pack of mints, I assumed he’d  be real quick about it. He wasn’t. He had what seemed like a hundred questions about those mints. Taking forever, he rummaged through his pockets to get the correct change. “How can one person take so long to check out one little tiny item,” I thought. Just about the time my last nerve was up, he turned back and gave me an apprehensive look, saying, “I’m sorry to hold you up.”

With a prick in my heart, I smiled and assured him it was all right. “I’m in no hurry,” I said. He turned and hobbled away, one tiny step at the time. Obviously his old arthritic bones was struggling from the cold icy rain still pouring outside.

What a great way for God to remind me to be kind and thoughtful to another struggling soul. Just the way sweet AAA Sharon had been to me.

Until Next Time,

Your Traveling Partner,



“Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.”
Philemon 1:7, NLT

KEYS LOCKED IN CAR (1), GOD'S GOT THIS!One of the reasons I felt so stupid about locking the keys in the car again, was because I knew an hour and fifteen minutes of precious time was about to be wasted.  Like most of you, my days are usually jam-packed. So many things to do, places to go, people to see. On this particular day, I really felt like I had a lot on my plate getting ready for a  Nicaragua mission trip. Thinking an hour and fifteen minutes was lost, I allowed panic and stress to rule the day.

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT) is a verse that has always made a deep impression on my heart.

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

The verses tells us to use our time wisely and I felt I was wasting it sitting under that portico in the pouring rain.

But God.

As I sat there praying and fessing up for wasting time, the Lord spoke to my heart and reminded me of Philemon 1:7:

“Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.”(NLT)

Followed closely by Psalm 46:10, “…be still and know that I am God.”

And then, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

And right then it hit me. This time wasn’t a waste. Number one, I was sitting here communing with the God of the universe! That’s never wasted time! And He was teaching me a life lesson. All over again. Then He topped it off by giving me an idea.

One of my favorite things to communicate via Daily Dose of Encouragement are spiritual lessons learned in the everyday trenches of life.

Grabbing my phone again and pulling up Notes from my Apps, I began to record this week’s Daily Doses.

Sitting under the portico, watching the cold ice-filled rain, tears began running down my face all over again.

God really does work all things together for good…when we let Him.

Until tomorrow,

Your Traveling Partner,