A woman bought a parrot, took him home, and then returned him to the pet store the next day. 'This bird doesn't talk,' she told the owner. 'Does he have a mirror?' asked the owner. 'Parrots love mirrors. They see themselves and start up a conversation.' So the woman bought the mirror. Next day she returned. The bird still wasn't talking. 'How about a ladder? Parrots love walking up and down a ladder. A happy parrot is more likely to talk.' The woman bought a ladder. Sure enough, she was back the next day; the bird still wasn't talking. 'Does your parrot have a swing? If not, that's the problem. He'll relax and talk up a storm.' The woman reluctantly bought a swing and left. When she walked into the store the next day her countenance had changed. 'The parrot died,' she said. The pet store owner was shocked. 'I'm so sorry. Tell me, did he ever say a word?' he asked. 'Yes, right before he died,' the woman replied. 'He said, 'Don't they sell any food at that pet store?''
The moral of this story is: You can spend your life on mirrors, focusing on appearance; on ladders, focusing on career success; on swings, focusing on entertainment-and starve to death spiritually. Mother Teresa said the most difficult cases she dealt with in Calcutta were those who'd lost their appetite entirely, or were so sickly they couldn't feed themselves or digest food. You'll die spiritually if you don't feed yourself on God's Word each day! Jeremiah said, 'Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.'
Lucky i have a healthy appetite these days!
I had a wonderful sleep overnight. I went to bed really early and only woke to let Nixon out to go wees then went straight back to sleep. Even noisy teenage girls with the tv blaring didn't keep me awake. It must have been all the fresh air that i got, and being tired after working in the yard most of the afternoon.
I am going to do that again today, since the rain that fell hard in the night, has stopped. It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz just for a little while longer!
5 days (including today)...until half way! Phase three!