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Filtered Light

The painting A Trail of Light by Colorado Springs artist Bob Simpich shows a grove of aspen trees with golden leaves lit by the autumn sun. The topmost leaves are brilliantly illuminated while the ground beneath the trees is a mixture of sunlight and shadows. The painter said of this contrast, “I can’t resist the light filtered through to the forest floor. It weaves a special magic.”

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In The Storm

A storm was brewing—not just on the horizon but also in a friend’s home. “When I was in Hong Kong,” she shared, “the local meteorological service announced that there was a superstorm approaching. But more than the storm that was looming outside my window, there was a storm brewing at home. While my dad was in the hospital, family members were trying to balance their home and work responsibilities while also traveling to and from the hospital. They were so tired that patience was wearing thin, and the situation at home was tense.”

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The Power Of Ritual

When I was growing up, one of the rules in our house was that we weren’t allowed to go to bed angry (Eph. 4:26). All our fights and disagreements had to be resolved. The companion to that rule was this bedtime ritual: Mom and Dad would say to my brother and me, “Good night. I love you.” And we would respond, “Good night. I love you too.”

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A Fresh Start

In many countries, health laws prohibit reselling or reusing old mattresses. Only landfills will take them. Tim Keenan tackled the problem and today his business employs a dozen people to extract the individual components of metal, fabric, and foam in old mattresses for recycling. But that’s only part of the story. Journalist Bill Vogrin wrote, “Of all the items Keenan recycles . . . it’s the people that may be his biggest success” (The Gazette, Colorado Springs). Keenan hires men from halfway houses and homeless shelters, giving them a job and a second chance. He says, “We take guys nobody else wants.”

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Amazing Grace

Pressed into service in the Royal Navy, John Newton was dismissed for insubordination and turned to a career trafficking in slaves. Notorious for cursing and blasphemy, Newton served on a slave ship during the cruelest days of trans-Atlantic slavery, finally working his way up to captain.

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Every Hardship

Like many towns, Enterprise, Alabama, has a prominent monument. But the monument in Enterprise is unlike any other. The statue doesn’t recognize a leading citizen; it celebrates the work of a beetle. In the early 1900s, this boll weevil made its way from Mexico to the southern US. Within a few years it had destroyed entire crops of cotton, the primary source of revenue. In desperation, farmers started growing another crop—peanuts. Realizing they had been dependent on one crop for too long, they credited the beetle with forcing them to diversify, which led to increased prosperity.

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The Ultimate Reunion

I’ll never forget the vigil of sitting by my dad’s bed as he spent his last few days with us before slipping into eternity. To this day the moment of his passing continues to have a profound effect on me. My dad was always there for me. I could call him whenever I needed counsel. I have great memories of our days fishing together; we would talk about God and the Bible, and I would prompt him to tell those fun stories from his youth on the farm.

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A Matter Of Trust

A news item from Australia told the story of Pascale Honore, a paraplegic woman who, after 18 years of being confined to a wheelchair, has taken up surfing. How?

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The Wise Old Owl

Years ago an anonymous writer penned a short poem about the merits of measuring our words.

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The Language Of Whistling

On La Gomera, one of the smallest of the Canary Islands, a language that sounds like a bird song is being revived. In a land of deep valleys and steep ravines, schoolchildren and tourists are learning how whistling was once used to communicate for distances up to 2 miles. One goat herder who is using this ancient language once again to communicate with his flock said, “They recognize my whistle as they recognize my voice.”

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26 thoughts on “The Language Of Whistling

  1. sentinel46 says:

    “May the Lord God our Heavenly Father continue to richly bless each and everyone of you in His wisdom and grace in Jesus’s name…amen!”

    Thanks for the sharing of your hearts…

    “…Oh Beloved Shephard of the Heavenly Father, may thy blessings continue to become increased in the lost sheep that will find there way back home to be with You in the now and in the forever more at Your sounding of voice and call…amen!”

    T.H.O.R.

    “…To Him that sits on the Throne of God and our Lord Jesus Christ our Redeemer to Him be Honor and Glory forever…amen!”

    Bible References:

    … Psalm 1:1-6; Psalm 18:1-15; Psalm 23:1-6; Psalm 27:1-14; Psalm 55:1-23; Psalm 107:1-43; Psalm 116:1-16; Psalm 121:1-6; Psalm 148:1-14; Isaiah 40:1-31; Isaiah 42:1-10; Zechariah 10:1-12; Matthew 5:1-20; Matthew 7:1-29; Matthew 9:1-38; Matthew 10:1-42; Matthew 11:1-30; Matthew 20:1-34;John 1:1-51; John 3:1-36; John 8:1-59; John 9:1-41; John 10:1-42, 30; John 11:1-57; John 12:1-50; John 13:1-38, 34-35; John 14:1-31,*1; John 15:1-27; John 16:1-33; John 17:1-26; John 18:1-40; John 19:1-42; John 20:1-31; Acts 4:1-12; Acts 26:1-29; Romans 6:1-23; Romans 8:1-39: Romans 9:1-33; Romans 10:1-17; Ephesians 1:1-23; Ephesians 2:1-22; Ephesians 3:1-21; Ephesians 4:1-32; Ephesians 5:1-21; Ephesians 6:1-24; Colossians 3:1-24; Hebrews 12:1-3; Hebrews 13:5-8; James 1:17-18; 1 Peter 1:1-25; 1 Peter 2:1-25; 1 John 3:1-24; 1 John 4:1-21; 1 John 5:1-21; Jude 1:17-25; …2 Corinthians 13:11-14…

  2. chibu says:

    A Christian who can not bridle his tongue his own Christianity is fake. Words that come out of you shows how deep you are rooted in God. Our word can build or destroy us, it is my desire to be like Christ every day. Records shows that there is no bad word that proceed from His mouth. May we we resemble Jesus and may we follow His steps in all we do and say today. Be quick to hear slow to speak.

  3. speduan says:

    하나님께서 얼마나 사랑하시는 지를 알 수 있는 기회가 되었습니다..할렐루야!

  4. love1234 says:

    During my christian walk that has always been a hymn very dear to me. Bless you for that analogy of the whistling language it touched my heart.

  5. js1985 says:

    I have enjoyed reading the wisdom shared in today’s comments. May the Lord bless you all and continue to speak through you. May you listen to his voice alone and share with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

  6. hsnpoor says:

    In The Garden

    I come to the garden alone,
    While the dew is still on the roses,
    And the voice I hear falling on my ear,
    The Son of God discloses . . .

    And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
    And He tells me I am His own,
    And the joy we share as we tarry there,
    None other, has ever, known!

    He speaks and the sound of His voice,
    Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
    And the melody that he gave to me,
    Within my heart is ringing . . .

    And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
    And He tells me I am His own,
    And the joy we share as we tarry there,
    None other, has ever, known!

    And the joy we share as we tarry there,
    None other, has ever, known!

    Written by C. Austin Miles in March 1912

  7. leonvan says:

    Praise God for this daily devotional and the contribution made by all who comment. My day is incomplete if I don’t begin with ODB. Today’s devotional is so apropos. A small group of men from my church have just begun a study of the book “The forgotten God” by Francis Chan who emphasizes the importance of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. It is the Holy Spirit living within us that enables us to discern Gods word, helping us to hear God’s voice as we read our bibles. As I was researching the topic I came across an article written by blogger, author, book reviewer Tim Challies, who writes:
    “God will always be guiding us through his providence, quietly and behind the scenes. When it comes to our conscious participation in doing his will, he has the ability to guide us however he sees fit. However, in this time he tells us to expect only that he will guide us by his Son, through the Spirit in the Bible.”
    Father God, give us all a greater desire to look to your word for guidance on a daily basis, Holy Spirit, help us discern our Fathers will to live lives that emulate the life of His Son our Lord and Savior Jesus. Amen.

  8. aampll says:

    God knows the right whistle to use for each of us to get our attention. Lord help us to listen and respond.

  9. ljoe35 says:

    To Lanka: Thank you for the information on Martha Snell Nicholson. May God bless all here. – j.

  10. everglo says:

    May I listen for your voice/whistle and be ready to heed it each and every day!

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