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Sunday Stillness – Are you working or dreaming? – An Ant Lesson

Sunday Stillness – Are you working or dreaming? – An Ant Lesson


Watercolour painting by Janis cox

Or maybe it should be are you dreaming of working? This past month as I worked through Proverbs I read one little passage – Proverbs 30-24-38, that took my attention.

Today I will look at Proverbs 30:24-25

Four things on earth are small,
    yet they are extremely wise:
 Ants are creatures of little strength,
    yet they store up their food in the summer;

When reading about Proverbs I learned that most are attributed to Solomon. However this one it says: The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh – an oracle. We don’t know the background of Agur but it can be assumed he was a wise man or prophet.

So small things can be very wise. I think it interesting that today I am writing about the ant – as my kitchen has been invaded by the little beasts. AGAIN. Same as last year. It took us 6 weeks to finally get rid of them. I do hope it is faster this time. YUCK.

But they are industrious little things. Set on task. Going somewhere. Nothing stops them (except Fantastic). And obviously they stored up enough food to last the winter and come back to bother me this spring.

Check out another reference to ants.

Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
 It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.

I noticed it said: Hard worker. I think that is extremely important in this life. To work as hard as we can. Certainly to work at learning as much about God and our relationship as we can.

And Proverbs 28:19 talks about the importance of hard work. Those who just dream about things and don’t put them into practice are wasting  precious time.

Those who work their land will have abundant food,
    but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.


What can we learn from the small ant? (tweet this)

The picture today comes from one of the sketches I did for Adam’s Animals by Kimberley Payne – a great resource for homeschoolers and Sunday School teachers. I decided to sketch it again and try my watercolours.

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Five Minute Friday – Small

Five Minute Friday – Small


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Linking with Lisa Jo where we take only 5 minutes to write – #FMFParty. No editing. Just getting our thoughts and words on paper (computer).

I can’t ever remember being small. As a young child growing up I heard, “oh she is so tall”. In my class photos I am in the back row centre. Whenever we lined up for height – I knew I would be first. The boys took forever to catch up.

When I finally saw the man I would marry I first saw his height (6 foot 3 inches). That made an impression on me. We danced well together. We walked well together. He was someone to look up to (by 5 inches).

No matter that my height was tall, I felt small much of the time. I had very little confidence in who I was. Extremely shy in school most report cards stated, “would like it if Janis would speak up more in class”. No – I didn’t want to say anything, even if I knew the answer. I had fears of speaking in front of a group – even a small group.

Time passed. I learned about myself. I became a little bolder. The biggest breakthrough came when I realized that I didn’t have to fear anything. I memorized this Scripture.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6, NIV).

Thank the Lord that I heard His still small Voice –  then I knew Jesus.

And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12, KJV).

Amazing result – the small in me became bigger, bolder and ready to spread His Word.

Time’s up.


No matter that my height was tall, I felt small much of the time. (tweet this)

The small in me became bigger, bolder and ready to spread His Word. (tweet this)

Five-Minute Fridays

Five-Minute Fridays

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1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.