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Mirror Love

I have seen many bizarre things over the years and I could not help but notice the weird actions of a bird the other morning. This bird kept ramming into my car mirror. Again and again, he bounced off the mirror. I couldn’t understand this repetition. I couldn’t understand the foolishness. Why would a bird continue to batter itself by jumping into my mirror?

So of course I was on the computer doing research. What I found was interesting. When it is mating season, birds often spend time bouncing off mirrors when they see their reflection. That got me thinking of our own mirror love.

There are moments when the birds look into the mirror and see this “other bird” and fall in love. The other bird is actually them. In the same way, some people say they have “found God” or “love God” but in reality they have fallen in love with the god they have created in their mind. This god that they love follows suit with their own beliefs, this god fits them like a glove. Rather than falling in love with God Almighty, they created a god who will allow them to continue as they wish in life. Like a bird bouncing off of a mirror, there is no relationship. Like the bird, the repetition gets them nowhere but it makes them feel temporarily satisfied until reality hits. Remember Who He is today. Don’t try to put Him in a box and mold Him to fit your life. He’s the potter. You are the clay.

“Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” – Psalm 100:3 [NLT]

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Children’s Ministry Lesson: Creation Cube

I am doing a lesson on Genesis 1 – Creation. I am going to start off showing the children the cross paper and discuss how God knew at the very beginning that we would need a Savior. Then I am going to transition into a discussion on Creation and we are going to cut out our crosses. I am going to read from Genesis 1 and review Creation. As we progress through each day, we will fill in a box on the cross by drawing something that represents what God created on that particular day. After the 6th day, we will fold our cross into a cube and tape it together. Then we will finish with Day 7. Finally, we will split into groups and take turns rolling our cube and sharing something amazing about that day of creation. Afterward, we will gather together and review.

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For the cross pattern, simply measure 8 inches by 2 inches rectangular on a vertical sheet of paper. Then draw a line every two inches so that the squares are 2″ x 2″. Then at the second square from the top, put a square (2″ x 2″) on both the left and right side.

When you cut out the cross, fold up the sides at the mid square section and then fold the extra square (the bottom square) up. Use tape to hold the sides together.

This lesson allows the children to use their creativity while learning about Creation.

 

Rooftop Bird

“I lie awake, I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop.” Psalm 102:7 [NASB]

Looking further:

God understands what YOU are going through in life (Hebrews 4:15).

Anger is okay. We all have emotions. We choose our response. (Ephesians 4:26)

If you ask God to be near you, He WILL be near you (James 4:8).

If you continue to share your life, your entire life with Him, you will have a peace that surpasses comprehension (Philippians 4:6-7).

We are to comfort each other (2 Corinthians 1:4, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 3:13)

You are never alone. Not ever. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Matthew 16:20).

A Running Bird

Did you ever ask yourself why a bird runs when it could fly?

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
– Isaiah 41:10 [ESV]

The Leaf

The leaf hung on the tree
So many together
All so different
But all so green

It was in a moment
So easy to pass by
As quick as a flash
Missed by their eyes

The bird broke the leaf’s stem
Just enough to sever it
Slowly the leaf died
Still overlooked

The wind blew, it spun ‘round
Until it hit the ground
Met no soft landing
Just left alone

At this point it was dead
Or so one would believe
But God had a plan
He was not done

This half-dead, broken leaf
It had a special job
One filled with honor
One filled with grace

God sent a special one
To swoop down, to pick up
To bring the leaf back
Simply to care

We cannot plan it all
We don’t know when we’ll fall
We can only trust
Only trust God

As the leaf sat up high
Used for a special nest
The leaf spent it’s days
Serving, caring

The leaf was good enough
Others could not see it
God gave someone eyes
The bird reached out

This bird, very diff’rent
Not one to sever things
One to share God’s love
A special touch

And so the leaf remains
Greatly serving the nest
Helping the new life
Caring, serving

God’s plans are never known
Trust in Him, Him alone
And peace be with you
Till we get home.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:29-31 [NIV]