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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I was only two blocks from home when I spotted it. My car slowed to a stop on its own while my hand searched independently for the phone cam. My eyes refused to disengage the incredible sight.

Unfortunately my behavior was deemed suspicious and no photo was allowed.

The eagle effortlessly took flight in all its majesty leaving my prying eyes earthbound.

In the process, he released the squirrel held in its talons.

I sat in further awe as the reprieved squirrel raced up the trunk of his nearby home.

I sat dumbfounded in the car.

"We have an eagle in the neighborhood?"

"The squirrel was unharmed?"

"I am a hero!" "Am I a villain?"

"Will the eagle linger until I get home to photograph him?"

"Will my DH believe this tall tale?"

We keep one eye in the sky these days and my camera by the back door. But before the excitement died down, I drove past the scene of the incident only to discover Mr. Squirrel poking around in the grass as usual.

I had to wonder.

How many times have I been reluctant to venture to places where a negative image is attached?

If animals are not bothered by such fears, why should I allow my mind to entertain them?

Inspiration came to me today in the form of a common squirrel. He was grateful to be alive and celebrated his joy by living his life to the full!

State it anyway you like:

I could have died, but I'm still here!

I made mistakes, but I'm trying again!

I fell down, but I'm getting back up!

I am damaged (eye lost by an eagle's claw?), but life is sweet.

I gained weight, but I can lose it.

I can't ride my bike, but I can walk.

The doctor's report was bad, but it can be reversed.

I'm out of control, but I will set boundaries.

I am weak, but God is strong in me.

I whimper today, but tomorrow comes.

I see brokenness, but Jesus restores all things.

When life happens and questions glare at you, dreams are lost, failure comes to visit and settles in comfortably -- Keep Your Focus. Employ hope remembering our tiny squirrel helpless in the predator's clutches. He never gave up! And the tables turned.

Today, his life goes happily forward. He is not defined by a circumstance or moment in time.

I have friends who say they made it through college simply because they continued to show up.

Life is not always pretty. It doesn't always make sense to us. But it always offers hope. Hope presents itself in the dawn of a new morning, a new year, a new season. Seize every opportunity to begin again.

Learn to laugh at adversity.

Stand up tall and shout with me:

I'm Still Here!!
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MUSTANG_SALLY2 3/19/2012 3:36PM

    Oh and that squirrel probably thought he was a goner. Talk about a second chance. Sure gave me a lot to think about.


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FLMOMX2 3/18/2012 7:44AM

    Great visual! We are God's!!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 3/17/2012 10:40AM

  We are eagles Joy, our Lord God says so.

We are called to fly higher then any other living creature and to stand apart from the world and it's ways of doing and living.

Study the habits of the eagle.

We are supposed to soar with the eagles high, higher and then highest above all others.

Approximatley once a year the eagle goes off alone and to himself and pulls all of his feathers out and sits in the sun and lo and behold his youth and vim and vigor and life is renewed, restored and rejuvimated.

Now, if our creator does all of this for this creature think of what He does for us only if we accept and believe and recieve all that He has for us.

We have the mind of Christ and the wisdom of God to soar to heights above all that we can hope, imagine or even dream of.

Just let go of all fears and know you are loved and protected and cherished and valued and favored and blessed.

You belong to the royal family of our Abba Daddy Father God in the name of Jesus.

Spread your wings and fly to the greatest heights ever. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MNCYCLIST 3/16/2012 8:15AM

    Great post, thanks so much for sharing it!

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GOURMETLOSER 3/15/2012 3:11AM

    Amazing. Beautiful.....A memory to take into your old age.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/14/2012 11:10PM

    emoticon and Amen. I am still here!!!

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14JESUSGIRL 3/14/2012 9:29PM

    Beautiful, wonderful blog! Thanks so much for this and for thinking of me.
Love you, Kindred Spirit!

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ABETTERSOUL 3/14/2012 8:05PM

    Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. This scripture came to mind when reading your blog.

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FREELADY 3/14/2012 7:23PM

    What an experience! Beautiful blog.

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PARAEAST 3/14/2012 6:48PM

    Yes we all are still hear and trying.
Perhaps we alll will soar like the eagles some day!
Keep at it!

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GOSPELCLOWN 3/14/2012 5:43PM

    I am still here-- and I watch the eagles outside my back door too. I will remember your story of the squirrel !

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 3/14/2012 5:25PM

    God's timing was perfect for me to read this blog as I needed to hear these words!!!!!!

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CYCLINGSANDY 3/14/2012 5:00PM

    Yes, Joy! What a beautiful and inspiring blog. We are more than conquerors because of Christ. We will not be defeated becuase the battle is already won.

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VISUALLYRICS 3/14/2012 4:35PM

    Thank you Joy for a Fantastic Blog!! What a picture I have in my mind..... it is so true about us - reminds me of a verse...."I CAN do ALL things thru Christ Who strengthens me.."!
Lol!! ...yes, I am known to laugh emoticon in the face of adversity! Only because Jesus is my Hero.

love you, JOY! ~ Laura

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GRANDMANANCY 3/14/2012 4:26PM

    and I am here too. Thank you for giving me athought today.... I will make it to the finish line...and you will too!

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NELLIEC 3/14/2012 3:54PM

    Amen! I am still here!

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