Why Mourning Doves?

Mourning doves is the name of this blog because these birds are our Ebenezer.

1 Samuel 7:12, NIV
12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer,[a] saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”

Ebenezer means “stone of help” and for us, whenever we see a Mourning Dove, we are reminded of God’s love, provision and faithfulness. If there is a symbol in nature or the man-made world, or a person, the cross, Bible, etc. that reminds you of who God is in your life, that is an Ebenezer.

We have seen Mourning Doves greet us at our new home when we were first married to remind us of how God wanted the two of us to love each other as He loves us, sacrificially and with passion.

They were there when we are having financial difficulty and needed reminded of God’s provision.

They were there when we screamed through green lights on the way to the hospital to deliver our son to remind us of out of great suffering (or, in my case contractions) comes great joy and life.

These birds have come back to our porch every year (the same two, as they are monogamous) to have babies two or three times through the summer. Their sound is sad, but comforting.

I hope to write about marriage, motherhood, the unknown, relocating, new adventures, food, great joys, selling a house, art, music, movies, saving money, dreams, and let’s face it, probably some venting.

Underneath it all, though, I want to record a journey of seeing God in all things and being open and moldable to His plans for me and my young, little family.


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