Friday, January 31, 2014

Loyalty in a "BONHOEFFER"!

Ewe don't have to be afraid to look at the topic of CHARACTER!
Character is defined by Webster as; "a distinctive trait, quality, or attribute; characteristic". I'm going to begin this year exploring some individuals & animals that display character.I hope that Ewe  come to appreciate the "Character" on display in some of God's awesome Creation! We'll start with the character trait of Loyalty,  as seen in both the world of man & nature.

Moms show outstanding "Loyalty" toward their offspring!
Ewe need to "stick  close" to Mama, like peanut butter & jelly!
Loyalty is defined by Webster as: "the quality or state of being loyal: a loyal feeling : a feeling of strong support for someone or something." In the world of nature, we observe the character trait of loyalty in the Albatross family. Albatrosses are a family of 21 species of large, long-living seabirds flying over most oceans in the world. The royal (‘great’) Albatrosses have the largest wingspans of any bird in the world, reaching 11 to 12 feet. An Albatrosses' life span is longer than most birds, with the oldest one on record living 61 years! Courtship takes much longer than most birds, due to the complicated dances that the males perform, in order to impress the females! However, after mating, they remain loyal to each other for life, or up to 50 yrs.!  
"HAPPY Together, no matter what the Weather!"
Did Ewe say Ewe fly with the British "Loyal" Airlines?
We play for the Kansas City "LOYALS"!
An individual that displayed such Loyalty to Christ, which led to his hanging, was the German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He worked closely with an assortment of poor, downtrodden people in Harlem, Barcelona, & Berlin, which helped him to closely identify with their struggles. While Hitler was rising to power, he helped establish the "Confessing Church", which included 6000 pastors who rejected the "Aryan Clause", which allowed for ill treatment of the Jews. Dietrich boldly proclaimed that Jesus Christ was Lord & that being loyal to Hitler was sheer idolatry! He worked diligently for the "Resistance" movement & was eventually caught, thrown into prison, & hung! He remained loyal to Christ while in prison, where he wrote many works, including his classic book, The Cost of Discipleship.
“ God is not a God of the emotions but the God of truth.”  
Loyalty sometimes involves laying down one's life!
“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God."
Sheep that love their Shepherd will follow Him, recognizing His voice when He calls. They have an understanding of what it means to display "Loyalty" to the one that cares for them. 
EWE know we are HAPPY,HAPPY,HAPPY, to be in the fold!
All is well when the Shepherd is near, cause Ewe know He is LOYAL!
Today is a wonderful day to walk closely by the Good Shepherd. Listen carefully for His voice, as He faithfully leads EWE!

"Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."1 Corinthians13:7

When Ewe picture Loyalty, think of me!

"It costs to be faithful. It cost Abraham the yielding up of his only son. It cost Esther to risk her own life. It cost Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being put into a fiery furnace. It cost Stephen death by stoning. It cost Paul his life. Does it cost you anything to be faithful to your Lord and King?"   Author Unknown

"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Greetings & the Top Ten Blogs!

Welcome to our "TOP TEN" Blogs of all time ! I hope that Ewe enjoy taking a glance back at some of our most "frequented" Blogs. Greetings also from the seven continents & from some of our most "Revered" animal guests on the Blog!

"Polar Bear Christmas Greetings from ANTARCTICA!"
 "I wish EWE a Cat's 'Meow' New Year from EUROPE!" 
"WE wish EWE a Zebra  New Year from AFRICA!"
"Wishing EWE a Panda 'Bamboo' New Year from ASIA!"
"Merry 'Guinea Pig' Christmas from SOUTH AMERICA!"
"Merry 'Kangaroo' Christmas from AUSTRALIA !"
"Happy 'Golden Eagle' New Year from NORTH AMERICA!"

Top Ten Blogs of 2013

1.Fast & Furious!-April 29,2013                                2709 views
2.Gumby +Deer = Flexibility- Oct.31,2012                  1053 views
3.Sheep Baaa's & the Bible! - March 9,2013                600 views
4.Stingray Tails!- November 12, 2012                           536 views
5.Orca's Whale of a Tail! January 6, 2013                  463 views
6."Polar Eyes"-ed! Take 2- December 6, 2012              426 views
7."Panda-monium"!- May 2, 2013                                
8."Scorpions- A "Sting" Operation-! - March 1, 2013    289 views
9.What a "Bummer"! - March 6, 2013                           287 views

10.Determination Pays Off-Oct.4,2012                          283 views

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

In 16 months of "Blogging", we have also been blessed with a diverse  "International " audience. Here is a list of the "Top Nine"
Countries with viewers outside the United States.


    1612                              France             620      

    1132                              Australia         227
United Kingdom

    1108                              Indonesia        191

     966                                China               149


"For God so loved the world, that He gave His one & only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16

2013 - A Year in Review!

Doing life together sometimes makes for "Strange Bedfellows"!

As 2013 goes into the record books, I thought I would do a quick review of our last year together blogging month by month. We  started the year in January, examining some "Heroes" of the Faith.

By George, let's Trust God to build an Orphanage!
In February, we celebrated Presidents' & Grandchildren's Birthdays, & examined Marsupials & Tarantulas.

HONESTLY, this is the best approach for Ewer Future!

March was the month for the Passover Lamb, as well as various Breeds of Sheep.

Each of our breeds has a unique "Twist"!
It's all about HIS Sacrifice!

In April, we examined  various "Springtime " sayings & the 23rd Psalm.

Ewe are "The Apple of my Eye"!
"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."
 May unveiled Pandas, Scorpions, the Top 10 Animal Moms , & some Memorial Day thoughts.

I run a deadly Red Scorpion "Sting" operation; so steer clear! 

Top Ten Mom says, "Don't Mess with my Cubs!"
 In June, we delved into the Fruit of the Spirit & the Top Ten Animal Dads for Father's Day.

Top Ten Dad is a real "Stand up" guy!
 July was the month for "Vacation Chronicles" & "Independence Day"!

Vacations are SO REFRESHING!
Is "Independence Day" here yet?
  August welcomed the "Back to School" Daze, as well as some promises for Sheep.
Dad, do I have to wear my uniform the first day of school?
In September & October, we looked at some more Promises for Sheep from Psalm 23.

Ewe don't have to worry under the care of the Shepherd!
In November & December, We ended the year with some Christmas Joy & Grandchildren's birthdays.

Merry Christmas! We work for the Salvation Army!

It's been an exciting year together, & I thank God that we have been able to reach out & touch over 30,000 viewers on our site. God Bless Ewe & please "Pray" for God to encourage even more people in 2014! Happy New Year!

"Delight yourself in he Lord & He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37: