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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Jan. 5, 2011 - Waiting for Strength

By Lydia Pate

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles” (Isaiah 40:31, KJV).

Years ago in our home in Zimbabwe, Central Africa, we had a small pet parrot called a budgie. He joined our household of five, along with our four dogs, and he quickly became the focus of much attention. Swinging was one of his favorite activities in his cage. One day as we were changing his water bowl, he managed to escape from his cage and began flying and flapping around the room. Shades of green and yellow whizzed over our heads. After much commotion, we caught our weary, trembling little budgie and stowed him safely away in his cage. What a pitiful sight!

Not so the bald eagle. With a body perfectly designed for flight, the bald eagle uses thermals or updrafts — currents of rising warm air — to help it soar to a high altitude and smoothly glide long distances until it finds the next thermal or updraft. An eagle’s wingspan is impressive and can measure 7 to 8 feet wide, further facilitating its flight. The eagle’s method of flying involves mostly soaring and gliding, which reduces the amount of flapping and flying it has to do.

How like that little budgie I am sometimes! When I do not wait upon the Lord, I resemble a panicky little bird, flitting and flapping to no avail and wasting all of my energy. Basically just winging it! When I look to the Lord first as my source of strength, He infuses me with life-saving power so I can soar like an eagle and glide above the fray!

Prayer: Lord, help me to spread my wings and catch Your rising currents. Give me power to shed those restraints that would hinder my spiritual progress. Let me not be content to flap aimlessly when the Holy Spirit nudges me to fly in Your purposes. Increase my strength so that I may mount up with wings as an eagle and soar to heavenly heights with You!

— Lydia Pate is a freelance writer and attends The Bridge Assembly of God in Mustang, Okla.



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