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Aww Nuts

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Aww Nuts
As I write this, I’m watching a blue jay steal walnuts, one by one, from a
squirrel house my husband built for two cute squirrels.
Watching this play out, I find myself a tad bit unhappy that Mr. Blue Jay has entered a home that was not built for him. This is how comparison and competing robs us piece by piece; it carries -off the identity of who we are in Christ and the provision He has laid out specially for us. The enemy robs us every time we compare or compete in an unhealthy fashion. It robs our peace, our joy, creativity, and depletes our resources, exhausting us in its empty pursuits.
As Romans 12:15-16 reminded us earlier, not only are we called to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, but do it wholeheartedly. If we cannot, one by one, our gifts, talents, and destiny can get carried away with our nutty comparison, only to be eaten, dropped, or buried by our detrimental thinking and behaviors. Our blue-jay thoughts steal the joy the Lord has for us, leaving us feeling empty. Just as I happily replenished the squirrel house of what was robbed of them, so, too, does God replenish what was taken from us. He will replenish even if it’s our own brokenness or someone’s wrong choices towards us that makes us feel cheated us out of His love.

Reclaimed Joy Discovering the God of Wonders In your Whys Lisa Jennings

“Sometimes big trees grow out of acorns-I think I heard that from a squirrel” .Jerry Coleman

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Author: Lisa Thompson Jennings

Hello my name is Lisa,it would be so delightful to sit down with you swapping life's stories..Reveling in God's goodness,sharing our battles won and those we still are fighting. Finding sacred ground together in heartbreak, redemption , forgiven and blessed hope that promises not to disappoint us. A little about me ... I love God with all my heart stumbling along the way as I do , I talk a lot but still covet listening, Laughter and being creative are not options for my soul would wither with the lack of them. My husband Kevin and I have been married for 35 years and blessed with two grown sons, a lovely daughter in love and two precious grandchildren .While this earthen vessel laden cracked and flawed by God's intentional grace and renewed strength made it through some hardships. God's redemption shining through past misfortunes that included surviving sexual abuse, a failed first marriage, eating disorder, panic attacks, gripping fear and crushing low self esteem. Drawn to a God that can right wrongs, bring beauty where ashes once laid ,all the while lovingly speaking His worth and value into weary, parched souls. So that we can not only survive as victims but thrive as a people walking in glorious victory, blazing a trail of freedom for anyone held in chains of injustices, personal failure or loss. So thankful God is all about new beginnings, fresh starts and slates wiped clean.. our past misfortunes merely spring boards of new found hope and deep abounding joy ... it's a privilege to be a fellow sojourner in this path to greater wholeness and liberation. Charles Dickens writes "Reflect on your present blessings every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some". Celebrating present and future Heavenly blessings with you

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