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Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

The Plain and Ordinary


My back yard has attracted a female duck.  I figured she was lost since there is no water in my yard and it isn’t “duck-friendly”.  She visits often; therefore, my husband and I agreed she deserved a name instead of referring to her as “that duck”.  We call her Daphne.

I always wondered why female birds have muted color.  As humans, women are usually ornate with makeup, glitz, and glamour.  Maybe Daphne likes hanging out with me because I am not into the makeup, glitz, and glamour.  On this level we are kindred spirits.

Daphne visits before sunset and sits on the ground in the back corner by the bird feeders; she nibbles on what the birds drop.  My back yard is plain, Daphne is plain, I am plain.  When she visits, I sit on my deck and we stare at each other in curiosity.

Daphne

 

God chooses the plain and ordinary.  Want proof?  He used Moses who was shy, fearful, and had a speech impediment to lead thousands of people out of slavery.  Then God called David, who was a young shepherd, to slay a giant with a rock and a sling.  Because of this victory, David became King.  When Jesus began His ministry, He called the uneducated, fishermen, and even a tax collector to be His first disciples.  After Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven, the disciples were commissioned through the Holy Spirit to spread the Gospel.

Moses, David, the 12 disciples, and Daphne are examples of plain and ordinary.  I enjoy finding commonalities in others, so I proudly join the ranks of plain and ordinary so that I can be God-fodder.  I am not a prolific writer, but God is using my love of writing to share Him with you.  I pray that my plain and ordinary life examples can show you how beautifully God works.

While Daphne and I sit staring at each other, without notice, she flaps her wings, rises up and heads south to roost with other ducks in the neighborhood, I suspect.  I will look for her tomorrow evening and, God willing, we will once again stare at each other in my back yard.

Thank you, Daphne, for picking my yard to find respite and nibbles of bird seed.  Thank you God, for using me for your Glory as I write this blog.

Luke 9:1-6 (NIV)

 

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

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  1. Aww…. Daphne is cute. My sister once had a duck who came and took over her dog’s doghouse! She laid eggs in the doghouse and they hatched and the mother duck led the ducklings to a nearby pond. My sister couldn’t wait to watch those sweet little ducklings grow up, but to her dismay, she watched snapping turtles get the baby ducks one by one. The pond was full of them.

    I’ve always been taught that the female birds are more dulled in color as they are the ones who sit on the eggs the most and so they are more easily camouflaged that way.

    Thanks for sharing Daphne and yes, for showing us how beautifully God works!

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