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Jul. 22nd, 2012

Don't Give Up on You

Don't Give Up on you. Not yet. Life has not played it's last hand. Neither have you. Yes, seems like life's hand is soooooooo unfair. Yes, seems like others have hands that are far better than yours. They can win with theirs. You seem to struggle knowing which card to play. You don't know when life is bluffing or when you should.

Don't Give Up on You, tho. Not, yet. For, God knows the end and in the end YOU WILL WIN. T

The trick is hanging in there.

hang in there,
Jaybird

Apr. 1st, 2011

In the Meantime...

In the meantime…..

Life takes soooooooo long to happen sometimes. We have dreams, we have hopes for our future. And, yet….seems like there is ALWAYS a pause, a hold, a “wait” when we pray for things to happen.

We want those things to happen already!

Yet, God often goes along His quiet way, not taking the time, or so it appears, to let us know that He is working behind the scenes to clear up obstacles so that we can live the victorious lives we were meant to.

So, we wait…..and we wait….but what do we do in the meantime? The waiting is not so bad. It’s just the time in between. That ‘in the meantime’ time that gets us. For, we don’t know how long it will last. We don’t receive fair warning when those ‘in the meantime’ time comes and they can be soooooo frustrating, they can get sooooo discouraging as we begin to question if we are doing right, if we have heard right.

We wonder if it is our past getting in the way of our future. We wonder if we should have taken that right turn instead of the left one. Or, we wonder if we should have stopped at that last rest stop instead of barreling through.

Still, God goes through His seemingly quiet way whilst we are stuck ‘in the meantime’. Sometimes, ‘in the meantime’ seems awful cruel. Feels like God does not care about our struggles or our endless tears through the dark days of living ‘in the meantime’. We ache for His Words, for His calming Presence which seems to suspiciously disappear ‘in the meantime’…..*sigh*….

At work we have a period between 2 am and 3 am where our computer system shuts down so that it can update itself. It comes with no warning. And, sometimes happen after 3 so there really is no way to prepare. No matter how hard we are working there comes that down time and…..BOOOM. The screen goes white right in the middle of an important transaction. No amount of mouse clicking and fretting at the computer can stop the download. Yet, it is needed to refresh the system and to provide us with a better system.

God acts in the same manner. He quietly goes about His way and continually updates our systems if we but allow Him to. We go chugging along in life and then…..BOOOM. There goes that blank screen where we are on pause and don’t know which way to turn or why the screen went blank in the middle of an important task or decision or dream or relationship. And, no amount action or fretting or crying or frustration can deter God from His ultimate task: our good.

The bible says that ALL things work together for our good. Not some. All. And, some of those ‘all’ have hurt our hearts very badly and we wonder HOW this or that was meant for good??

In the meantime what do we do with the ‘in the meantime’ time? We can keep pounding at the keys, hopelessly, or allow The System to update our hearts and minds and spirit.

It is our choice. We can live a life of frustration during those times. Or, we can do as my supervisor told me yesterday “go with the flow!” The ‘in the meantime’ time will ALWAYS come in our lives. Always.

In the meantime…..laugh. In the meantime…..love. In the meantime….keep on keeping on. In the meantime…keep on looking up and reaching out. In the meantime….keep a hold of your joy as it is more priceless than gold.

In the meantime…..know that you are loved. Jesus gave His all for you all the time. He died so that He could sustain you….in the meantime.

So, in the meantime…..I wait. In the meantime….I choose to love. Choose to care about you. In the meantime….I choose to care about my fellow man and pray for each and every man, woman and child no matter where they may be in there lives. For, each of us are in that moment. We all have to live….in the meantime!

Praying for all in the meantime,
Jaybird aka Jeanette

P.S. Life is worth living, even when it hurts. Please know that you are not alone. Even when you feel most alone. You carry my prayers around in your heart for I pray for every soul that is hurting, I ask blessings for all who fight to live a life of integrity in the meantime. Don’t ever give up on you. Don’t ever give up on those you are praying for. They will make it. They are just…..in the meantime.

Nov. 24th, 2010

Make sure to end your day the same as it began....:-)

It has been interesting learning a completely new type of job. After 42 years, on earth, it has been interesting learning new things, trying super hard things and learning to make the best from the mistakes.

One thing that my coworkers and I have been learning is that our energy level can taper off if we are not careful. We begin the night with zest and vigor but if we have not had enough rest or spent enough time getting our minds prepared for the night's onslaught of work, that it is easy to want to slow our rate to compensate for not having prepared enough at the beginning.

I was thinking about that and also thought about how important it is to end the day the same way I began: with purpose, with hopefulness, with praise and joy.

And, I found that the last hour ended up as strong, if not stronger, than the first hour that I started.

God wants us to give Him, and life, our best efforts. Although life will hand us it's challenges, God has given us His Word and His Praise and Worship and Jesus and friends and family and all types of things that we can draw strength from as we begin and end our days.

Jesus loves us. He fights through us, and for us and WITH us. We do not tarry or work alone. We do not strive alone. We do not reach out for love alone. We are watched over. By Jesus. By His angles. By Our Heavenly Father.

Sooooooooooooo, take ahold of your day with joy and end it with laughter and peace. For, you are loved. Deeply and completely are you loved. What an awesome thought that is......*hugs self*........

We are loved.....

be at peace,
Jaybird aka Jeanette

Nov. 12th, 2010

Choose JOY! - Psalms 89:15-16

"How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all the day, and by Your righteousness they are exalted."
Psalms 89:15-16

"You have put gladness in my heart, more than when their grain and new wine abound."
Psalms 4:7

"For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."
Isaiah 55:12

Life will ALWAYS give you a reason to throw your hands up in defeat and despair. Yet, life will ALWAYS give you reason to throw your hands up in victory and joy.

CHOOSE JOY. CHOOSE VICTORY. CHOOSE LIFE.

No matter the reason. No matter the season in your life. Time WILL pass for each of us. And, sadly, many will look around at all the defeat stones and despair stones that they chose over the diamonds of joy, the gold nuggets of peace, the emeralds of love, platinum of trusting in Jesus.

Life is so very short. If you are missing love in your life, reach out. If you are in despair over a situation, pray about it and then confidently do the best that you can knowing that God has weighed in on the matter.

CHOOSE JOY! Oh, peeps, choose JOY.

God is good. ALL the time. Through ALL times, trials and situations.

being joyful with you,

Jaybird aka Jeanette

Oct. 24th, 2010

I GIVE YOU MY HEART


I GIVE YOU MY HEART


Lord, I give You my heart.
Right from the start,
I give all my love to You.

Lord, I give all my days.
In so many ways,
I look in Your eyes and give You my heart.

Please, don’t let this love end.
You’re my closest friend,
You’re One that I still desire.

Your peace is just what I need.
Your Grace I can see,
Is changing my life. Lord, I give You my heart.

Yesterday is gone and today is all we know.
If we. give all we’ve got, we will let this whole world know.

Yes, Lord, for the rest of my days,
Just show me Your ways.
Lord, right from the start, I give You my heart

By Jaybird aka Jeanette Scott

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"As for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever."
Psalm 52:8

"When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?"
Psalm 56:3

"Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Do not trust in oppression and do not vainly hope in robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart upon them."
Psalm 62:8, 10

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding."
Proverbs 3:5



There will ALWAYS be seasons, in our lives, where we doubt our abilities. There are times where we are afraid to trust those that we love to understand what we are going through. There are countless times where we are afraid to move right or left or even at all.

God gives us the space to make or not make decisions in our lives. Yet, He longs for us to TRUST in the gifts that He has given us. He beseeches us to trust in HIM. To trust that He has our best interests at heart. He loves us and desires good things for our lives and those of our families.

These are some tough times for our country and for each of us, individually. Many are skeptical of our leadership and worry about our jobs or lack of them.

Trust in the goodness of the Lord. He loves us. He fights for us. He is there for fellowship and laughter and joy.

Trust Him with what concerns you and move about your day with laughter and love.

ALWAYS know that you ARE loved, fought for, cared about, prayed for. By God. By Jaybird. God has our back and we SHALL prevail!

Life is so very short. Enjoy it. Through the good times AND the tough ones, KNOW that you are never alone.

Keep on reaching out and looking up!

Jaybird aka Jeanette

Oct. 18th, 2010

God loves us! - scriptures to encourage your soul......

Just reading these scriptures brings tears of joy to my heart. In a world that is filled with so much seeming hardship, lately, God provided His Word so that we could find encouragement when needed. You are loved! I have been up, for hours, praying that God will touch each and every heart who reads these words. My prayer is that you will KNOW, of a surety, that you are deeply loved and treasured. God loves you so much that He gave His Only Son, Jesus, to win your heart. Be at peace this day....

Jaybird


"To the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved."
Ephesians 1:6

"Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him."
2 Corinthians 5:9

"You did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you."
John 15:16

"Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him, In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will."
Ephesians 1:5

"Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will."
Ephesians 1:11

"But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him."
Acts 10:35

"Wherefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God."
Romans 15:7

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh not of the will of man, but of God."
John 1:12

"Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge."
2 Corinthians 1:21

God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
1 Corinthians 1:9

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. "
Matthew 11:28

"Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
Romans 8:1

"And you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority."
Colossians 2:10

"For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kindgdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
Colossians 1:14

You ARE loved! - Andy & Red

My heart aches for all who are feeling like their uniqueness somehow makes them worthy of less love or no love. God loves you, dear one. So very much. Your life was worth the death of The King.

Many years ago, God laid this story on my heart and I have posted it a time or two. It is time for Andy and Red to speak to hearts, once again, beginning with my own. Always remember that you are loved...

Friendship:
Andy & Red

They call me the “Story Teller”. Why? Well, you’ll see in
just a minute. I’ve got a story to tell. It’s one you might
enjoy. One you might identify with. It’s an important story,
or so I’ve been told. It’s about friendship. True
friendship. The world knows very little about true
friendship. What it means. What it does for the soul. I was
talking to the Master Storyteller one day and I asked Him
what HE thought true friendship was. He sat down and told me
the story of Andy & Red. I guarantee it’ll touch your heart.
It did mine. Let us take another journey together as I tell
you the story of...

Friendship: Andy & Red

In a small town in West Virginia, there is the famous story
of Andy & Red. What’s so special about two people? Well the
funny thing is that this is a love story about two beings
but one of them isn’t even human. Maybe that’s why this
story is so unique. I’m telling it second hand so you’ll
just have to take my word for it that this was a special
friendship. It was a friendship that had been unseen and
unheard of heretofore.

Folks talk about what happened to Andy and Red just about
everyday now. You’d think the story would get old or the
telling would have subsided by now. What happened between
those two was a sight not easily forgotten. It’s hard to
talk about that day. That time. It’s a story that is too
important not to tell. To understand what had been so all-
fired important about THAT day(that’s what folks around here
call it now), you need to know about the relationship
between Andy and Red.

Andy owned a ranch clear on the other side of town. 5000
acres of the prettiest ranch land you ever saw. Andy was
proud of his land, proud of what he could accomplish with
his own hands. He was a private man. Polite, but private. He
spoke when he came into town which wasn’t often. If you
would look at him today, you’d wonder what all the hoopla
was about over him. To tell the truth, Andy didn’t even see
himself and what he did that day as something special. I
guess, the reason why it stands out so in the mind is that
those things don’t happen every day. Friendships like the
one Andy had only comes by once in a lifetime, if you’re
lucky.

Then there was Red. Now, he’s the hard one to describe. He’s
the one that you have to convince a soul about. See, Red is
a horse. Not any old horse our Red was. He sure was a sight
to behold. One of the prettiest stallions one ever saw. He
was the color of burnt copper and had eyes of liquid love if
there ever was such a thing. The thing about Andy and Red
was that they were inseparable. One couldn’t be found
without the other.

Andy loved Red with all his heart and you could tell that
Red felt just the same as Andy. Everyday, Andy would polish
Red’s custom-built saddle and they’d be off. One could see
them galloping down the road way like two peas in a pod.
More often than not, Andy could be seen walking beside Red.
It was almost as if Red was human. A stranger new to town
would find it odd to see a grown man walking and talking to
a stallion but not the towns folk. Why, we’d gotten so used
to seeing them together that we couldn’t Imagine Andy
without Red or Red without Andy.

Every morning at sunrise, Andy would pack their favorite
lunch: an apple for Red and a thermos of fresh-brewed coffee
for Andy. Off they’d gallop through the hills to their
special spot. Andy had this big, old oak tree that was older
than God and reached straight to heaven. He’d unsaddle Red,
use his saddle for a pillow and would watch as Red tore
through the hills riding at full speed. Red loved those
times. He’d jump tree stumps, drink from the stream nearby
and chase rabbits. When he was done, he’d quietly plod up to
Andy, nudge him awake with his wet nose and wait for Andy to
divvy up the lunch goods. Every day, like clock work the two
did there thing.

They seemed to have an unspoken communication between them.
Andy could be found daily brushing down Red talking quietly
to him the entire time. Red would whinny and nod his head as
if he understood . Folks took bets on what was said between
em. Yes, just talking about them does my heart good. The
world would be a lovely place to live if more relationships
were found like Andy and Red’s.

Seeing them together, a man could almost forget that they
were a man and a horse. But they were more than that, you
see. Andy and Red had come through a lot together. Why, Andy
slept in the stable caring for Red for three weeks solid as
a virus had almost killed Red. But Andy nursed him
back to health. And all on his own. Wouldn’t let a body near
that stallion.

Funny thing about the whole thing was that Red had been
there just as much for Andy. When Andy had lost his wife and
little boy in that house fire, why, it was Red that found
his way out of his stall and could be found silently waiting
for Andy to leave the house. Red would slide up to Andy and
would lay his head on Andy’s shoulder. Red never left that
door stoop til Andy had gotten himself loose from the grief
that had been eating his soul. It took a while, but as so
often happens, time did heal his heart and off they were on
their daily jaunts.

THAT day is forever etched on my memory. I was with Andy the
day that it happened so I’m the only one with the “official”
story. As usual, Andy and Red had taken their morning ride
and nap. That afternoon Andy, Red, and I headed out to check
on some downed fence posts. He’d asked me along because it
was such a large spread and would take the two of us to
check things out to his satisfaction. We’d made plans to
split up at the creek and would meet up in two days. As
agreed, he went his way and I went mine.

When two days had passed and I hadn’t heard from Andy, I had
gone looking for him. Andy was real punctual, you see. I
found him the next afternoon and almost wished I hadn’t. For
there lay Red bleeding and whinnying from having his leg
badly broken from a bear trap some fool had laid there.
It was bad all right. A man could tell right off that Red
was beyond fixing. Andy knew it. Red knew it. Andy left me
with Red for a time and went behind a tree a bawled like a
baby. A more frightful wailing you never did hear. I’ll
never forget that sound as long as I lived. You know that
kind of sound. Like a wailing train horn, or mournful
wailing of the wind through the trees on a fierce night. It
took some time for Andy to pull himself together enough to
do what had to be done.

It was the humane thing to do, you see. Red was in great
pain and so was Andy. They had this unspoken agreement that
Andy would be the one to end things if something ever
happened to Red that would cause him to be unable to gallop
free through the hills and pastures.

With shaking hands,
Andy retrieved his rifle and sat next to Red. He caressed
him for a long time looking deep into his eyes. I’ve never
seen a horse cry but I promise you that a tear rolled down
Red’s cheek as Andy rubbed him down and cried. There was
almost a silent communication going on between them. It was
almost as if Red was comforting Andy, letting him know that
he understood and approved of what was going on.

I couldn’t take seeing Andy like that and offered to be the
one to release Red from his misery. Andy’s misery. I thought
it would be easier if Andy didn’t have to inflict that last
pain. If Andy didn’t have to be the one to end things. But
Andy let me know that it was BECAUSE he loved Red so that HE
had to be the one to end his pain. He wanted Red to be
released by his closest friend, not some stranger.

With trembling hands, Andy loaded his rifle and prepared to
do what had to be done. But, before he took care of matters,
he did something really strange. He took out a thermos of
coffee and began to divvy up an apple for himself and Red.
It was almost as if they were saying a special good-bye.
Most moving sight I ever saw. I raged on my insides to see
such a pair ripped apart. It just didn’t seem fair. It just
wasn’t right. But life isn’t fair and things don’t always go
right.

Finally, Andy leaned over to Red and whispered some final
words of love and good-bye to him. They were hard words to
say for Andy didn’t know how to say good-bye to one who had
been with him through thick and thin. How do you let go of one who loved you without limits,
who stuck by you regardless of how bad things went? How do
you turn loose of the biggest heart that could be found in
man or beast? I’ll never know how he did it. I surely
couldn’t have. Can you imagine loving someone that much?
Andy said his final good-bye, stroked Red’s mane and
prepared to fire. They never lost contact the whole time. It
was hard to see a grown man cry like that. Right before the
end, Red turned his head so Andy wouldn’t have to look in
his eyes and see the pain. I’ll never forget the sound of
that rifle. Never. It was the sound of finality. The sound
of ending. The sound of eternity. For Andy would never see
his beloved Red again.

Makes me mad to see fighting couples and friends nowadays.
They don’t know how good they have it. Andy would give
anything to have just another gallop with Red, just one more
shared apple with his friend but he can’t. And here you have
couples, families, siblings, friends fighting and carrying
on like they have an eternity to “kiss and make up”. Andy
and Red was a lesson for us all. They taught us what
unconditional love was all about. They taught us to treasure
the times we have with those we care about for we never know
when that relationship will go through it’s death period.
They taught us that sometimes life ended unexpectedly and
friendship quicker still. Andy and Red just taught us about
love, period.

After things were all said and done, Andy had refused
to ride my horse back to the house. He waited right there
with Red and wouldn’t leave him alone. He wouldn’t bury him
there either. No, Red was buried under their special oak
tree. It took Andy a long time to get over Red. For months
afterwards he polished Red’s saddle and just stared at it.
Andy found it too painful to let go.

What made him come back to life? I don’t know if you’ll
believe this next part but it’s true just the same. Folks
say that Andy received a letter from God. Nobody knows where
that rumor came from. I know it to be a fact because I was
there when it had been delivered. Out of the sky like a
flame it came. Dropped straight down from heaven, it did. If
you promise not to tell, I’ll tell you what it said. I can
quote it word for word. Who wouldn’t remember a letter from
Heaven after all. In words that were written in fire that
did not consume were the following:


Dear Andy,

I know that your heart is grieving for
Red. My heart grieves for you. Know that
I have seen your tears and have heard
your cries. I have bottled each tear and
hold onto them as you hold onto memories
of Red. Man would scoff at the notion of
a "friendship" such as yours. I gave you
that friendship to remind you of My love
for you. It wasn't Red's spirit that you
felt with you but mine. For you were
privy to a secret not known by many. You
were open to unconditional love and it
came to you through an unexpected
source.

Man has a way of trying to dictate
love, to try to predict it. Man tries to
polish it up or buy it. Man sees what he
wants to see and seldom looks for love
in those around him. He'd much rather
love from a "safe" distance. But not
you, Andy. You loved Red with your whole
heart and was rewarded with a friendship
seldom found on this earth. You caught
hold of My most important message: you
loved regardless of outward exterior.
You loved regardless of what people said
about loving a "horse". Few will
understand that you loved LOVE. And that
is the highest calling.

Grieve Andy, but know that I have
other loves in store for you. I love you
with all My heart and desire to walk
alongside you in friendship and love.
Take care of your heart and remember
that I am here to "have an apple" with.
Think of me as I think of you.


All My Love,

God

After that, Andy could be seen walking around town with a
grin on his face. He spoke to all around him and started
loving on us like he’d loved on Red. One day, Andy packed up
that saddle, along with an apple, a thermos of coffee and a
smile and was off. He buried that saddle under the old oak
tree, had an apple and coffee with God and the rest is
history.

So now you know the story of Andy and Red. The living of it
was far more powerful than the telling. But you needn’t take
my word for it. For God has placed a special Red in your
life. Just look around you and find the love and friendship
waiting in the hearts around you. Who knows? People might be
writing and talking about you. Til then, we’ll keep on
loving our Andy and looking for the “Red’s” in our life.

THE END? For Andy and Red, maybe. But your story is just
beginning. So grab hold of an apple, a thermos of coffee and
relive the story of...... Andy and Red.

Sep. 27th, 2010

A reason, a season, or a lifetime....

A good friend told me once that God brings people, into our lives, for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. The trick to it is that we never know, at the beginning, if it is to be for a reason, a season, or for a lifetime.

It behooves us all to accept God's gifts of relationships and enjoy them each moment that we have them. In the end, we will never know until the end of our lives, which relationships were meant to last a lifetime.And, sadly, many folk ruin a great friendship by trying to force things one way or the other or torment themselves that things didn't last and blame themselves. Yes, it is true, that we often hasten the end of things when we hold on too tightly to them by not trusting God with those relationships and letting HIM decide what is to be in our lives.

TRUST God with you. Trust Him with your relationships and everything pertaining to your life. He loves you and means you no harm.

A reason, a season, or a lifetime? Who knows. It will be fun learning which as we enjoy life's relationships, won't it?

hopefully for a long time,
Jaybird

Aug. 21st, 2010

Trust GOD

"Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the LORD."
Psalm 4:5

"Those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You."
Psalm 9:10

"As for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, 'You are my God.'"
"As for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, 'You are my God.'"
Psalm 31:14


Trust God. Not just in what you see as things can be deceiving. We view life through the circumstances, the way we were brought up, through our cultures and many other things. Often, those things hinder us from being fully able to see/hear and comprehend how God intends things to be in our lives.

Some distrust God because of relationships where they trusted those in authority only to be let down. Some distrust everyone because of having given their hearts to one or two that either abused it or ignored it.

Trust GOD. He loves us. Each one of us and is there for us.

Life changes. Constantly. Yet, God and His love is ever present and never changing.

I admit, when storms are raging, in can get awfully difficult to put your trust in anything, let alone in the Lord whom you can not physically see, tho He resides in all.



Trust GOD. I am speaking to my heart as well as yours. Trying to regain my balance after losing my father in February has been the hardest thing I have EVER attempted to do. I have never felt more alone or unloved in my life. Yet, I KNOW that it is simply grief talking and a small bit of fear of the unknown of a life without my dad residing on this earth. God loves me and I am loved. I WILL trust Him. Even when it hurts and there seems to be no evidence that He is around. He is.



Trust GOD.

praying for all,

Jaybird aka Jeanette

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