12 Jan Eagle Message
“Are we going to church today? We missed last Sunday.” My husband Alan inquired.
“I’m kind of tired this morning. But, there’s no excuse for not attending. Yes, we’re going.” I responded.
When I woke on a recent Sunday morning, exhaustion from holiday preparations and gatherings had begun to catch up with me. The previous weeks had been filled with busyness, laughter, love, and joy. Now, things were beginning to quiet and my schedule was returning to the normal routine.
My body was tired from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Each activity has been a blessing. Sharing time with family and friends had brought fun and laughter. Wrapping presents, giving presents, opening those gifts, and then, enjoying delicious meals together helped create precious memories.
Church events included singing favorite hymns, meeting new people, and sharing time with family and friends. Meaningful sermons and Bible study helped remind us of the true meaning of the season.
Yet, I was tired and the urge to stay in bed and snuggle under the warm blanket was pulling at me. Pausing to give thanks to God for His glorious day, another feeling tugged at my heart.
The need to attend church service and give thanks to God for His love and glory began to energize my body and give me the strength to rise and shine.
Throwing back the covers on the bed, I rose and smiled. “Yes, we’re going to church.”
Alan was enjoying a bowl of cereal with milk when I entered the dining room. His smile greeted me as I began preparing my toast and chocolate milk.
“Today is a beautiful day. The sun is shining. I bet the wind is a little stronger on the island, but right now, everything is calm here.” Alan and I often notice the difference in temperature and wind between Mount Pleasant and Sullivan’s Island. When we cross the connector bridge to head to church, the atmosphere changes.
Completing the morning routine, we were dressed and ready to go to church. As we rode, I commented how I was glad we were going to be at church today. “I can always take a nap later in the afternoon. But, this morning, I need to be in God’s house and give Him praise.”
We arrived at the church parking lot. After finding a parking spot and exiting the vehicle, I gazed at the sky and let the warm sun kiss my face. Right as I looked up, a beautiful bald eagle flew over our path.
In awe and excitement, I said, “Look, look, an eagle. A message from God.”
“Thank You Lord. You know my Daddy loved eagles. If I had not been here for church service, I would not have seen the glorious and majestic bird. The reminders of Your love are always present. You always know best.”
My heart was full of love as we entered the sanctuary. I continued to praise God for the blessing of seeing the eagle. If I had chosen to stay home because I was tired, I would have missed seeing the eagle and the opportunity to thank God for that eagle.
How can you thank God today? Have you felt a nudge from God? Did you follow His lead?
Have a blessed day,
Happy New Year,
Mimi aka Melissa Henderson
Nancy E. HeadPosted at 17:59h, 12 January
I love the story of the eagle. This time of year, it’s always hard to get out of bed. Thanks, Melissa. God bless!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 00:05h, 13 January
Thank you Nancy. Have a blessed week! 🙂
JD WiningerPosted at 18:40h, 12 January
I can just see you bounding from bed, that big “Ms. Mimi” smile beaming. God has a way of energizing us doesn’t He? I loved that He rewarded your faithfulness with a sign of His love for you, a warm memory. He does the same thing for me sometimes when we see bright red cardinals (Ms. Diane’s mother’s favorite bird) when we turn onto the dirt road leading to the Cross-Dubya and when ducks (my mama’s favorite) when they stop by for a visit on our pond. Oh, how you’ve warmed my heart today dear friend. God’s blessings upon you and Bop.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 00:06h, 13 January
Thank you JD. I love how God sends those sweet reminders of His love for us. My Mama loved cardinals, too. Mama and Daddy loved all kinds of birds. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Lynn J SimpsonPosted at 19:14h, 12 January
Staying under the blankets just a little longer on a Sunday morning is a tug that is hard to not follow! I love that you saw the Eagle. Getting up and outside shows us God’s beautiful creations in abundance!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 00:07h, 13 January
Yes, yes. God gives us beautiful creations in abundance and we can enjoy them all. 🙂 Have a blessed week!
Diana DerringerPosted at 20:20h, 12 January
When we put first things first, everything else has a way of falling into place. Thank you, Melissa.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 00:07h, 13 January
Amen. Put Him first. Have a blessed week! 🙂
June FosterPosted at 23:29h, 12 January
Love the story of seeing the eagle. We never know what God has in mind. Happy new year.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 00:08h, 13 January
Happy New Year to you and Joe! I love seeing eagles. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Kimberly Rose JohnsonPosted at 00:37h, 13 January
What a neat gift from the Lord. I’m glad you got to see the eagle.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 13:11h, 13 January
I agree. A neat gift from the Lord. 🙂 Have a blessed day!
colarnoldPosted at 01:08h, 13 January
It always feels like something is off if I miss going to church. Glad you got to go, and that you saw the eagle! Happy New Year!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 13:12h, 13 January
Happy New Year! I’m glad I listened to that nudge from God and went to church. 🙂 Have a blessed day!
Melinda Viergever InmanPosted at 02:09h, 13 January
On those days when we just don’t feel up to going, when we decide that we should go always anyway, we typically end up being blessed by the sermon the most.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 13:13h, 13 January
Yes, I agree. God blesses us with His messages. I’m glad I went to church. 🙂 Have a blessed day!
Melinda V InmanPosted at 06:03h, 09 February
This post is so refreshing and encouraging. Sometimes, no matter how tired, we simply need to be in church.
Jessica BrodiePosted at 14:52h, 13 January
I love that God blessed you with the eagle, underscoring the deeper blessing we get when we choose to do the right thing and follow/worship/praise/center our lives on God. All praise!!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 23:08h, 13 January
Amen. God provides blessings for obedience. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂
Barbara HarperPosted at 15:46h, 13 January
I felt the same way after Christmas. I loved all the activities and time with family, but I just wanted to hibernate and rest afterward. So often I have felt tired before church, but then felt fine once I got there and was glad I went. What a extra-special blessing to see the eagle that morning.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 23:09h, 13 January
Yes, I understand. When I attend church service, I am blessed by the message and the people. 🙂 Have a blessed weekend!
karentfridayPosted at 02:56h, 15 January
What a wonderful story of the eagle in the bright morning sky on a Sabbath.
Melissa HendersonPosted at 17:27h, 15 January
Thank you Karen. Seeing the eagle brought comfort and peace. Have a blessed day! 🙂
KarenPosted at 07:31h, 17 January
Isn’t it amazing how God has those special gifts for us when we are obedient to His calling? I’m glad your gift was that glorious eagle. Happy New Year, Mimi! xoxo
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 21:21h, 18 January
I agree. God has amazing gifts for us. Happy New Year dear friend! 🙂 Have a blessed week!
Katherine PasourPosted at 22:39h, 20 January
Such an uplifting message, Melissa, and what an amazing blessing to see a Bald Eagle! You responded to God’s nudging to get up and go and He sent you a gift. Blessings, my friend.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 22:52h, 20 January
Thank you Katherine. I love how God gives us blessings in so many ways. Have a blessed weekend. 🙂
kathybarrett222yahoocomPosted at 23:54h, 23 January
I love those “dovetail” moments from the Lord. Thank you for sharing yours, Melissa.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 15:48h, 24 January
Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I love how God sends us special moments. Have a blessed week! 🙂
JudyPosted at 01:11h, 02 February
I saw one of yor stories in the Faith on Every Corner, Feb issue. Doesn’t Our God often give us an unespected blessing when we Satan’s temptations? That was sure a beautiful blessing. I’ll be reading your fun writing.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 17:20h, 02 February
Thank you Judy. Have a blessed day! 🙂
Gail JohnsonPosted at 01:09h, 08 February
Putting God first always brings us blessings. Oh, to see an eagle! Wow!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 12:35h, 09 February
Amen. Always put God first. 🙂 Have a blessed day!