Modest and Sensible

Today I have been watching the birds at the feeder right outside my kitchen window. It is only about a foot from where I am sitting.

I used to wonder why the male birds got all the color and the females got stuck with the dull ones. In our society, we women seem to spend a lot more time worrying about how we look, wanting to get attention through the clothes we wear. Maybe men, like birds, need the brighter “feathers”, cause God made them that way, they certainty need to be respected, heard and encouraged. They are also called to protect, so because of their bright colors, they would be seen first if a predator came.
But you know, lately, I have been so enamored by the beauty of the female cardinal and blue bird. There is such a subtle complexity to their beauty, that is just breathtaking. It makes me think of how we are called to be women like that, modest in nature. Subtle, and gentle, but complex. How wives should be willing to be a helpmate to their spouses, to let him be the one to be seen, to follow, allowing him to lead and shine, submitting themselves to them, as unto God.
I love what Paul said…
I want women to enhance their appearance with clothing that is modest and sensible, not with elaborate hairstyles, gold, pearls, or expensive clothes. They should make themselves attractive by doing good, which is appropriate for women who claim to honor God.

Power is Made Perfect in Weakness

I’m having my coffee, watching the birds at my kitchen window feeder.

There is this one little Black-capped Chickadee. He is the cutest thing. I noticed that he seems to be much braver than the other birds. He will come and just stay forĀ a long time, eating seed after seed. I wondered one time, what was different about him.

Then I noticed, he has deformed feet. They will not work, and he cannot hold the seeds so that is probably why he doesn’t fly off with them, but just eats all he can at the feeder. That is also why he is willing to take risks to get what he needs.

His weakness has made him stronger and braver than the other birds. I think maybe that is what Paul meant when he said about Jesus:

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.