Monday, November 1, 2010

Month of Thanksgiving -- Blessing 6

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Branch Of Wisdom

We are to thank the Lord for everything, in every circumstance.  I recall reading about Corrie and Betsie ten Boom, Dutch Christians who hid Jews during the Holocaust.  Betsie had a simple faith, and told Corrie to thank the Lord for everything.  In one of the concentration camps, Corrie explained that she could thank God for almost everything in their circumstances, but how could she thank God for the lice (I believe it was lice)??

A short time later, the sisters realized that they had the freedom to share Scripture, sing, and minister to the other women in their barracks because the German guards would not come past the entrance.  Why?  Because there were lice.

While we do not have lice, or fleas, in our home--I thank the Lord for that!!--I thank the Lord today for His amazing creation; namely, all the creatures He created, and yes, even for the ants that for some reason feel welcome inside our home every spring.  On the subject of insects, Danny spotted this guy on our window.

God made praying mantises to be able to turn their heads 180 degrees to search for prey.  He gave them excellent eyesight, with the ability to see up to 60 feet away!

Their life span is a mere 12 months

A praying mantis can cause us to stop schooling/cleaning/etc., and run outside, or to the window, to inspect and ponder God's amazing creation.  Lori, I took pity on you and didn't post spider photos!!  :)

I have no Bible verses to share about insects, as they all pertained either to swarms of them, or which ones the Israelites were allowed to eat.  Here is one, though, about His creatures in general!

God made the beasts of the earth after their kind,
and the cattle after their kind,
and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind;
and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:25 nasb

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  1. Good Monday morning to you Christine! I am sorry for taking so long in returning your lovely visit to my blog.....I have had little pieces of time here and there this whole weekend for blog visiting, hoping to catch u[p today.
    I have read of their lice story. Another reason they were thankful for the lice was the fact that the lice kept the soldiers from sexually molesting them.
    We are not bug lovers here at his house, but we do love the Little Praying Mantis.

  2. Since we are gardeners here, this little fellow is well liked among us :)

    Our Lord will always provide opportunities for us to share His Word with others.


  3. Hi ma cherie! God did single out the ant, and lauded her ways in Proverbs (6.6, 30.25).
    :-) He also spoke of how locusts with no king advance in ranks (Prov. 30:27).
    And I, too, stop to admire a praying mantis whenever I spot one! :-)
    ~ Helen :)

  4. What a neat post. Thanks for sharing this. I love books by Corrie Ten Boom.

  5. I appreciate your thoughtfulness toward me, dearest!!! :-D (LOL!)

    Love, Lori

  6. I wish I had read this earlier before I went to the Library! I have wanted the girls to read about Corrie Ten Boom. What an amazing life she and her sister Betsy had even when held like that. If they can be thankful in their circumstances .. surely we all can be because we obviously are not being held captive. I loved seeing the pics of the praying mantis. I've never seen one IRL so the pics being so clear were amazing. Thanks so much!
    Smiles, Cass
    P.S. Not sure if you knew I am offering a second prize to this meme. I decided so when Tamara told me she was doing this. It's in one of my first posts. oxoxox

  7. What great pictures!!!! I have never seen a praying mantis in person and it would certainly cause a break in our schooling too!

    My husband called today on his way home from Arizona with the two boys saying he is bringing home two presents in a container. I'm afraid to ask what they are! Haha


  8. Katia, Corrie and Betsy were amazing women of faith. Thanks for all the comments, ladies, they are so very welcome and encouraging!

    Theresa--two presents in a container? I wouldn't be looking forward to that, either!! lol