Story of the day:  Who gets the worm?

  Stuart Briscoe writes: “The famous cuckoo bird never builds its own nest.  It flies around until it sees another nest with eggs in it and no mother bird around.  The cuckoo quickly lands, lays its eggs there, and flies away.

   The thrush, whose nest has been invaded, comes back.  Not being very good at arithmetic, she gets to work hatching the eggs.  What happens?  Four little thrushes hatch, and one large cuckoo hatches.  The cuckoo is two or three times the size of the thrushes.

   When Mrs. Thrush brings to the nest one large, juicy worm, she finds four petite thrush mouths, one cavernous cuckoo mouth.  Guess who gets the worm?  A full-sized thrush ends up feeding a baby cuckoo that is three times as big as it is.

   Over time, the bigger cuckoo gets bigger and bigger, and the little thrushes get smaller and smaller.  You can always find a baby cuckoo’s nest.  You walk along a hedgerow until you find dead little thrushes, which the cuckoo throws out one at a time.

   Paul teaches in Romans 8:5-8 that spiritually speaking, you’ve got two natures in one nest.  The nature that you go on feeding will grow, and the nature that you go on starving will diminish.” 

Quote of the day:  James Dobson 

“The grass on the other side is often not greener and often not even edible.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 8:5

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to have a faith that is strong and a heart that is pure.  Help me to know this because You are always near and any challenge that is brought my way can be overcome.  With Your love, power, and guidance, Father, I can live faithfully every day.  Father may I set my mind on things of the Spirit and not of the flesh.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


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