Who did God create you to be? Many people can’t answer that question. Can you? In this creative Christian parable written for women, author Rebekah Lea Phelps inspires you to discover and accept your gifts and talents in order to embrace ALL that God intends you to be. Meet Goldie—a most unusual field chick—and the whole cast of characters who live with her in the barnyard. Each animal represents the characters in our lives. Goldie is the wrong size. Her feathers are the wrong color. She would rather kill snakes than peck around in the dirt for grains. Goldie’s behavior has all the animals on the farm in a tizzy. At first Goldie feels displaced and unsure of herself. Why is she so different? Why can’t she fit in? But then courage and curiosity begin to churn inside her. Goldie begins to transform her life by facing her fears, inquiring about her roots and willing to deal with ridicule and self-doubt. I’m an Eagle, not a Field Chick shows us how to forgive, move past our anger, and realize that our true character and greatest joys are often shaped by the darkest, most difficult times of our lives. An excellent resource for meaningful dialogue in Bible study groups, book clubs and lunch and learn groups. I’m an Eagle, not a Field Chick will help you learn to soar as high as your wings will take you!
I remember saying to my mom once; Life is full of changes and if you can’t handle change it will be hard to handle life. My life up to that point had been full of unexpected “change.” I’d make plans for one thing to happen and get a different result. From motherhood to marriage, it never turned out the way I thought it would. So, I learned a long time ago to take a deep breath, bend my knee … Go back to God and say; “Now what?” I’ve learned to get up, sit and wait. Not so much WHY this happen but what can you do with this now? Where do we go from here? I’ve learned that when I’m asking WHY I’m asking from a confused, hurt and disappointed position. When I ask WHAT I'm in a better stronger place. A place of hope, strength to go forward and waiting for that lesson to unfold. What will God use this for? What can I do with it? What should I be doing while I wait? Most of us are looking at life through the scope of LIFE NOW vs. life in the long run. What’s the big picture going to look like? Through eternal eyes, through God’s? What are we putting significance on and what matters?
John Augustus Shedd said; A Ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are for. Let's stop living in the safety of the harbor. Get out and use the gifts, talents and abilities YOU have. Write down 1-8 gifts, talents and abilities YOU have that you can expand on in 2019. You know things like: Art, Teaching, Writing, Handyman skills and of course, the greatest of all the gifts is …. LOVE. The more you USE your gifts, talents and abilities the more you’ll have to use. The same principle as trimming herbs or pruning trees …. It grows, blooms and flourishes as you use them. Make your harbor a place to refuel, rest, stock up and go back out. NOT a place to camp out and hoard what we know or what we have. Beside you don’t want to wait for the STORM to come into the harbor and MOVE YOU out … do you? Remember: you aren’t meant to keep it all to yourself. Gifts are meant to be given, shared, opened and enjoyed by you and others. THAT is why God gave them to YOU. For a little more elaboration on this … visit my website.
That’s one of the Stones of Remembrance in the 4th chapter of my book. Some of us ladies know when “hens” gather the pecking begins. Thus the reason I was never to keen on “hen parties.” Most of my great friends were males but you reach a certain age and the guys aren’t looking for “friends.” Then when you get married you can’t hang out with those buddies anymore. How many times have you felt like you had to “play a part?” The hens had made it obvious they didn’t need Goldie but she needed them. She wanted helpful information but get ready when you ask, it maybe more than you bargained for! They didn’t hesitate for a second and the ridicule began! Be careful what you ask for! And remembered all you hear you don’t apply to yourself. Don’t personalize everything someone else says to you or about you!
It’s so symbolic and such a great parable to me about how we are all in different phases of the “construction” of our lives. Some people are just getting their foundations laid. Some are having “electrical installed” so to speak (we are in the counselor phase of life, getting advice, ditching bad wiring jobs -- reprogramming) The windows are in … we can SEE --- we have perspective and we’re feeling safe with the frame work up and the roof scheduled to be installed! Ah, then the flooring will go in, cabinets, sheet rock and PAINT … things are coming alive! HOPE is on the horizon, you can see all you’ve worked for, picked out, hoped for and “paid for” (lit. or fig.) Doesn’t that resemble the “construction” of your life? Your business, your plans. I know it represents the process of writing my book! We all need to reach the point where we SEE things pay off. We all need that feeling of progression. To know things are moving along. But once you begin building, there is just so much more! For more on this post and subject, check out my blog! www.RebekahLeaPhelps.com
I wanted to give you a peek into the workbook of I’m an Eagle not a Field Chick. Jesus spoke in parables to the multitude … NOT just Christians. The amazing thing about a parable is it captures you where you are at that time in life. You could speak the same “sermon” to a crowd and everyone would gain something new, acquire a revelation, understand based on what they needed to hear. That’s significant of GOD being our “good shepherd” and “feeding everyone.” Each chapter is broken down in the back of the book to help you come to your own answers, meet you where YOU are in life … right now. This is a great book for book club and groups. In this creative Christian parable written for women, you will find yourself inspired to discover and accept your gifts and talents in order to embrace ALL that God intends you to be. I’m an Eagle, Not a Field Chick shows us how to forgive, move past our anger, and realize that our true character and greatest joys are often shaped by the darkest, most difficult times of our lives.
You might be familiar with Isaiah 55:8-9. Better recognized as, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways.” So often the things we chose, the way we’d do something, the logic we’d lean towards is opposite God’s. Sometimes I’ve wonder which God is better at. Being a practical joker or the best “event planner” known to man. In a funny good sense, but I love practical jokes … um, well sometimes it’s not so funny when it’s done TO YOU or you’re going through something. Like really…. Why’d you dump me in a HEN’s nest?#! Couldn’t you find another eagle’s nest? I mean you know where one is! Wouldn’t have that made Goldie’s life “smooth sailing?” Hum … oh yeah, you’re not concerned about my life being peachy king but me discovering so I could “learn” you said? I just want OUT. Out of this egg, Out of this nest…. Out of this mess and there you go flying off! Have you ever felt like that with God? ….and then he say’s “Trust Me” You see, God must TELL you that because he knows it’s NOT your inclination to do so. Yes, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.
People have told me looking at my life it's like a cat falling through the air and landing on his feet. It looks realllllllllly bad while going down (so to speak) and amazing to see how it worked out. I enjoy telling people I know I've been gripped by grace or fell in the arms of God. That's what happen to Goldie (the eaglet in the egg) when she fell as an egg through the sky. The Dove (later known as Nissi - aka: God) swooped under to gather her. As he does us; He calls us, hovers over us, comes along side us, goes before us, and even carry's us to a safe place. Take the time to sit down and think of how He did that for you... this week. What about since you landed in "your nest?" The Dove knew this egg needed to stay warm to hatch and would definitely be safe with a hen! You've heard it said; "She'll watch over it like a mother hen!" This began the imperfect (by hen standards) Perfect will of God for Goldie's life. Did your life start in some odd way, in a peculiar place? Where else could she have been welcome and grown up since her resting place as an egg was destroyed by a storm?
Life is full of expectations, most of us wake up with a few every day. This story is an adult parable chocked full of insightful meaning. For instance ... the trees that "bow down." The book of Isaiah speaks of the trees of the field that will clap their hands and bow down. Those trees are actually us! All of nature acknowledges the existence of it's creator. There is a scripture that says in Luke 19:40, I tell you, if they (us/people) keep quiet even the stones will cry out. Wind is representative of the Holy Spirit of the presence of God. As you'll see coming in a few excerpts "God" in the book is a dove! Stay Tuned.
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