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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Spiritual Sundays

Hello everyone and welcome to Spiritual Sundays hosted by our lovely Charlotte and Ginger.

Isn't this cute? I took this picture from inside the house. I love gold finches and I sure enjoy watching them at the birdfeeder just outside the front window. They arrive about mid-April and leave around mid-September.

They are such pretty little birds and they are wonderful little entertainers! They are very nervous however and they take their time looking around to make sure all is well before helping themselves to the feast in the birdfeeder. There is always a chance that the neighbor's cat could be hiding under the bushes to grab a snack.
"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." ~ 1 Peter 5:8
We can learn much from our little feathered friends! They have a built in God-given instinct which tells them when to come to the eastern coast of Canada and when it is time to leave for the South once more. They know instinctively where they can find nourishment and they nest pretty much in the same place back in our trees every year.

Like our little feathered friends, we too have a built in instinct or spirit from God which He speaks to and uses to guide us throughout our day. He knows what is best for us and He knows how to take care of us. Trusting God should come as natural to His children as the little birdies' instinct does. They don't think about where or when, they just know.

"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. " ~ 1 Corinthians 2:12-13
Jesus said that we are much more important to our heavenly Father than even the birds of the air; for we are made in His image.
"Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?" ~ Matthew 6:26

Do you have faith or trust issues? We would do well to become more like our little feathered friends and depend on our Creator who knows what is best for us!

September 11, 2001 is a day that we will never forget! To all who lost loved ones...the fire fighters, the police officers, the office workers, the government workers, the flight crews, the passengers, the mothers, the fathers, the sons and daughters, the brothers and sisters, the friends, the loved ones, the innocent bystanders, the innocent, our innocence....You are not forgotten....We Remember!

Thank you for stopping by today. Please join everyone at Spiritual Sundays to be refreshed and encouraged ~ The Lord bless you!

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. I love goldfinches. They are our state bird here in Washington. When we lived on the east side of the state, we did not have them. They are prevelant here on Whidbey Island. So beautiful! We always keep the thistle feeder full for them. I enjoyed your post. Happy Patriot Day (although its a sober one), and Happy Spiritual Sunday.

  2. Just adding a thankyou, Sandi, to you and all Canadians... America remembers all you did for our citizens on 9-11, and in the days that followed. Of course, your country lost loved ones, too. Peace on this day of rememberance.

  3. What a lovely post ~ I love goldfinches and enjoyed seeing this photo...We see a few in our neighborhood in Iowa. Blessings~

  4. Lovely post, tribute and picture! Thank you.

  5. I want my first natural instinct to be trust in God...just like the delicate birds. Thank you, Sandi, for your heartwarming comments for America.

  6. I love birds..and this one is beautiful. It's great how you used the analogy of the birds. Good message. thanks for it. Have a great weekend. Sarah

  7. Great analogy, Sandi. I love Goldfinches - they visit our home in the winter and we have a thistle feeder (along with feeders for other birds).

    Blessings to you today. We all have our memories of 9/11/01 - a day we will never forget.

  8. Good morning Sandi, and Happy Sunday. It's been a while since I've visited here and I love your Bio Photo. You look beautiful and happy!

    Love the message for today's Spiritual Sunday. A great reminder and so beautifully put. I oftentimes wish I were a bird. I love how they appear so happy, so free and so content.

    I have faith and I trust God. But as humans, we oftentimes let the "life stuff" get in the way.

    That's why I'm spending more time each day in His word. The moment I begin to feel overwhelmed, which is in the work place, I have to say Psalm 121:2.

    Love you and have a beautiful day!

  9. Thank you Sandi for this wonderful and uplifting post...They are words I needed to hear/read...I was unable to attend church this morning as lil Sara fell asleep (in her church dress I might add) due to her allergy meds which are a 50/50 chance of making her hyper or making her sleep...Oh well...I will just spend some quiet time reflecting at home instead...and maybe that is what I need after such a busy week.
    Thank you again and God Bless

  10. Thanks for the encouraging post. I always want more faith, and I love reminders like yours that it IS possible.

  11. G'morn, Sandi ` Gold finches are my favorite little feathered friend. Yes, you are right ... they a built in instinct ... I love them greeting me each day ... lovely write.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

  12. Hello Sandi,
    The goldfinch looks nice and beautiful.Unfortunately, here in France you did not have this kind of birds.
    Thanks a lot for stopping by my blogs and for leaving your kind comments.

    ♥ Hélène Glehen - A french artist, fond of roses and romantic stuff ♥

  13. I wondered where my goldfinches went, they went to your house. They come through Okla about April and as soon as it gets hot they leave. Glad they found your house!! LOL, thanks for the comments about my pink pumpkins and Candy Corn. Great minds do think alike.

  14. Birds, roses, teapots - All my favorite things in one place! Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your gift. Look forward to many more visits. Blessings, Susy

  15. Hell Sandy.
    I read a part of your blog, because it is late and I'm tired. I like the birds.
    The story of 9/11. It is a day we never forget it. It always make me sad when I see the films.
    It is good that we every year are thinking of that day.
    Greetings Marga

  16. You're so right, Sandi. There is much we could learn from all of God's creatures. I love to watch birds. We don't have any goldfinches in our area but we have a lot of hummingbirds and I always enjoy watching them. We have other birds too. The only ones I don't really like very well are the pigeons that think our roof is a wonderful place to live.
    Thank you for sharing again today.

  17. I also enjoy the goldfinches at our home, as well as many other beautiful birds. And they do teach me so many lessons, what a great analogy. Thank you for your kinds words of our country's tragedy and loss.

  18. OH~~~This finch is so beautiful. I am a birder feeder as well.I love your analogy with the little bird.
    God Bless,

  19. What a wonderful message! Thanks for taking the time to share it with us!

  20. What a beautiful site and a great post. Thank you for sharing the beautiful bird. That just inspires me for some reason. All of God's creation does. Know that you have touched my heart today. God bless, Bobbi


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