Faith, Nature

Learning to Sing

Bird BannerHe has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:3

I am passionate for all things ‘bird’. My book shelves include three different field-guides, several bird-themed Dover coloring books, and a number of journals sporting bird covers. At the peak of my obsession every room in our house displayed bird-related wall art, and a shelf framing two walls of our dining room showcased a collection of birdhouses. When Hallmark introduced the work of nature artist Marjolein Bastin (Nature’s Sketchbook, 1990’s) I was in heaven!

As a homeschool mom, I relished every opportunity to encourage an appreciation for birds. We were blessed to spend the early years of our homeschool journey in my home State of Michigan. Nature walks, field trips, and everyday backyard encounters generously donated feathers, empty nests, and egg shells to our treasury of artifacts.

To this day, my husband picks up every feather he finds and brings it home to me. It’s his way of whispering “I still love you” to my heart.

Against the rich backdrop of Michigan forests and meadows, the music of songbirds was part of the burgeoning life that faithfully made its appearance each spring. Cardinals, Warblers, Meadow Larks, Bluebirds, Orioles and dozens more contributed their unique song to the symphony.

I once ordered one of those little devices pre-loaded with sound-bites of songbirds (though heaven only knows what ever happened to it) in hopes of becoming one of those people that can identify any bird they hear. That was before I realized just how many unique works the Creator composed —all so these little creatures could glorify Him with their songs.

We have been given a song as well. It’s a song of redemption; the song of our freedom purchased by the greatest love ever known and whispered to our hearts by the very One who created us.

Just living and celebrating the abundant life the Lord intended brings glory to Him.

Note: There are over 200 species of songbirds in the great State of Michigan. How many are in your neck of the woods?

Photo Credit: “North Dakota Song BirdsThrough Maggie’s Lens, maggieslens.com

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