On second look I think my starlings might be brown-headed cowbirds. I've heard their song out there and thought it was a starling sound. Here's what they sound like. It reminds me of a drippy faucet. :)
Anyway, all this self pity is leading somewhere, lol. Sitting here this morning, reading my Bible, the thought occurred to me that I am so blessed to have this beautiful, giant print, copy of the scriptures that I can read any time I want to. So many around the world don't have access to the Word, or are persecuted if they are found with a copy. Years ago, when my kids were little, we received the newsletter from Voice of the Martyrs, and learning about the persecuted church was part of our homeschool day. I've thought of this occasionally over the years since, but have been guilty of forgetting our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. What does this have to do with my pity party? Well, thinking about others who are in distress and praying for them sure puts things into perspective.
Bibles to Captive Nations
I plan to give every month, but I did a one time donation this time through Bibles to Captive Nations. Maybe someone else will be interested in doing this? (Or, maybe you already are! Good for you!)
I also found a good place to find prayer requests through Voice of the Martyrs, so I can be praying for specific people in addition to the persecuted church in general.
Getting my eyes off of the mundane and finding a purpose that is eternal always helps to chase away self-pity. As a Christian this should be a no-brainer, but sometimes I need a little reminder from the Holy Spirit!
Shalom, friends and family!