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  1. Being a die-hard rooster, I must confess that role has left me empty. Oh, and resentful and bitter and a few other ugly traits. It has only been as I have looked to Jesus, deepening my knowledge of Him and gaining a greater understanding of His love for me, that I have been able to release the grip, lower the demands and rest (somewhat!) in His control and care. I call that mercy!

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Amen Deb,
      Mercy indeed!
      Thank you for your honest confession! Truly both the rooster and the rabbit are sinful if living in response to man instead of reliance on God and trusting Him to “move the mountains” that we either run from or try to move in our own strength. So glad you stopped by!

  2. Okay. They say, “Confession is good for the soul.” I am the rooster. Yep. I aggressively go after what needs to be done and can’t rest until it it done. Period.
    The problem is though I am not good at delegating and wear myself out. It is good to know I can transform to the rabbit (can I borrow your ears and that bike for a few days) and say “no.”

  3. I *love* this post. I like the picture, and the humor, and the wonderful message that demonstrates what good boundaries look like. I have been on the same kind of bike ride. 😉 So glad to read this via #TheLoft.

  4. Funny how it can still take days to be okay with the no, even when we know it’s right. I love your word picture here–I’ll be seeing myself as a scared rabbit the next time I feel pinned against the wall. Perhaps it will give me the courage to step out of my furry suit and become something less timid. 🙂 Wonderful post!

    • Kathy Schwanke

      I know!!! So thankful for grace, patience, mercy (HIS!) 🙂 I’m hoping to do better next time too! Seeking COMPOSURE in the midst of mayhem. 🙂

  5. That was cute Kathy! But better yet it was good to know I’m not the only one who struggles with saying “no”! It is hard especially if you are a recovering people pleaser!

    Blessings on your ministry friend!

    • Kathy Schwanke

      I think we may all vacillate between the two, but tend to lean stronger one way in our relationships. This is by no means clinical analysis…lol but it gives a framework based on my experience and observation. 🙂

    • Kathy Schwanke

      I think it is hard to discern sometimes where to draw the lines and what our motives really are. Thanks for stopping over Ruth!

  6. Mary McIlquham

    The rooster in me pushes hard against negative influences….It reminds me of what Adam and Eve may have experienced in the Garden of Eden. Suddenly being naked was very strange. They had these feelings like they wanted to cover themselves up. It wasn’t what God had desired for them, but this is what sin FEELS like. Shameful, embarrassing, not good enough, like we are striving for silly things and approval for the wrong reasons; but the answer is very simple. Stop accumulating stock upon what others might think. Instead, remember what God thinks of you. Stockpile his words. He loves you. He loves us. He tries to find us when we are lost. He wants to be there for us when we are stumbling so that we do not have to fall. Will we let Him catch us? Will we try to catch ourselves? Will we just tumble down so hard that we hurt ourselves so badly that we can’t function as His soldier? Army of one? I don’t think so…I want to be in the greatest, most powerful, most sensible, strongest, everlasting, never failing army. There is only one way to be a part of that army. There is only one name which can help provide the strength I need in order to sustain such battles as we encounter. All I have to do is trust and follow, listen and obey, reach out and be filled again. Jesus, be our strength. Be encouraged, my friends. Say “no” to that apple!

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Thanks for bringing in the very valuable application of the Rooster Mary! Yes, we all need to be a Rooster in faith, right? And our battle is not against flesh and blood but the powers and principalities in the heavenly realms. Great wisdom!

  7. I have to confess to being more of a Rooster…although I think I’m beginning to see ears growing!!! The Lord is teaching me to stay focused on Him and His agenda rather than my own. Great post at The Loft, Kathy!!

    • Kathy Schwanke

      I don’t want to imply that the value of the rooster is less than the rabbit at all Leah. Being a Rooster is good as long as we are pushing against the enemy and not people! That said, we who tend to be Rabbits need to get more of the fight in us. 🙂
      Love you Leah!

  8. Oh, Kathy, I have often given too many yeses for similar reasons, namely guilt. I love this line, “I should recognize it by now: The imposition of a law seeking my soul, threatening condemnation if I did not obey it.” I never thought of the situation that way before, but it makes complete sense! I still struggle to sift God-opportunities from others, but the next time I’m tempted to feel guilty (even if I know a “no” is necessary), I’ll remember what you’ve written about the law seeking my soul. I just love this!
    Jen 🙂

    • Kathy Schwanke

      Jen, we have MANY sisters who have confided in me their rabbit tendencies. And God has given us freedom from fear of man! (And perhaps He’s given us Rabbits the Roosters to sturdy us up a bit, eh?)

      Thank you for your encouragement. I’m loving getting to know you!!!

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