In two of my previous post ‘Giving Thanks December 27, 2016 – Thankful That God Is Always There’, and ‘God Speaks To Me’ I wrote about the doves in the tree out my back door. The first I was only able to capture a photo of just one of the doves, and in the second three doves allowed me to take their photo.
I have seen a single dove and occasionally a pair while sitting on my porch but no more than that until this last week. The first day I had stepped out my back door to take the trash out I had wished that I had my camera on me but was able to quietly go back in my apartment and get my camera. When I came back out they were still in the tree until I stepped off my porch and all but one flew away.
Then on another day the tree was filled with these doves again. This time 3 remained and though the sky is gray and the branches were making it difficult to photograph them the stayed until I was able to take their picture.
Now a third day and they are back! This time not one dove flew away until I was able to photograph them. Yes once again the day is gray but these beautiful doves bring God’s beauty and hope into my life. Filling my heart with joy and peace knowing He is speaking to me of His great love and how this love is growing in me everyday.
indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.
God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
2 Timothy 2:2
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
‘From them will proceed thanksgiving And the voice of those who celebrate; And I will multiply them and they will not be diminished; I will also honor them and they will not be insignificant.
The other day I wrote a post about walking out my back door and seeing the tree behind my apartment filled with almost a dozen doves of course when I went to get my camera only one remained and I was able to take a picture of this one bird. Today when I went out my back door there were three doves and this time not one flew away. It was difficult to take their picture through the bare branches but they stayed.
As I took these pictures I thought about God always being there. He is faithful and I can trust in Him. I just have to look up and I can see Him.
Today I am thankful that I cant trust God to always be there. Even when the day is gray and gloomy I have hope.
Deuteronomy 7:9 – Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
2 Timothy 2:13 – If we believe not, [yet] he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep [you] from evil.
Matthew 24:35 – Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Lamentations 3:23 – They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
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1. Adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person, cause, or idea; loyal.
2. Engaging in sex only with one’s spouse or only with one’s partner in a sexual relationship.
a. Responsible; conscientious: the faithful discharge of his duties.
b. Dependable; reliable: The faithful engine started right up.
4. Consistent with truth or actuality: a faithful reproduction of the portrait.
5. Having or full of faith.
1. The practicing members of a religious faith, especially of Christianity or Islam: a pilgrimage to Mecca made by thefaithful.
2. The steadfast adherents of a faith or cause: a meeting of the party faithful.
Synonyms: faithful, loyal, true, constant, steadfast, staunch1
These adjectives mean adhering firmly and devotedly
or something that elicits
or demands one’s fidelity.Faithful and loyal both suggest undeviating attachment, though loyal applies more often
to political allegiance: afaithful employee; a loyal citizen. True implies steadiness, sincerity, and reliability: remained true to her innermostbeliefs. Constant stresses uniformity and invariability: “But I am constant as the northern star” (Shakespeare).
Steadfast implies fixed, unswerving loyalty: a steadfast ally. Staunch even more strongly suggests unshakableattachment
or allegiance: a staunch supporter of the cause.
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1. having faith; remaining true, constant, or loyal
2. maintaining sexual loyalty to one’s lover or spouse
3. consistently reliable: a faithful worker.
4. reliable or truthful: a faithful source.
5. accurate in detail: a faithful translation.
6. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the believers in and loyal adherents of a religious faith, esp Christianity
7. any group of loyal and steadfast followers
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. steady in allegiance or affection; loyal: faithful friends.
2. reliable, trusted, or believed: faithful assurances of help.
3. adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate: a faithful copy.
4. strict or thorough in the performance of duty: a faithful worker.
5. Obs. full of faith; believing.
6. the faithful,
a. the believers in a faith, esp. the members of a Christian church or the adherents of Islam.
b. the body of loyal members of any party or group.
, loyal imply qualities
of stability, dependability, and devotion. faithful implies enduring fidelity
to what one
to by a pledge, duty,
or obligation: a faithful friend
. constant suggests lack
or loyalties: a constant companion through thick and thin
. loyal implies firm support and defense
of aperson, cause, institution,
or idea considered
to be worthy: a loyal citizen
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