Deborah Anderson

Deborah Anderson has written for Focus on the Family, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and numerous other publications. She is a member of SCBWI, TWV, ACFW, CWG, and FCW. Married 31 years, Deborah and her husband enjoy country living in the Midwest. She also spends her time rescuing cats, reading novels, and taking nature walks. Deborah recently completed a supernatural suspense novel for young adults. You can contact Deborah at: Visit her at

Diary of a Crazy Writer

His Eye Is on the Sparrows

Do you feel as though the enemy of your soul has been badgering you, and gaining ground in the process? If so, take heart. By the Spirit of the Living God, you have the power to overcome him.

Each afternoon, my husband and I grab a cup of coffee, trek outside, and sit on the porch. We love watching the critters: birds, raccoons, deer, rabbits, etc. And this time of year is especially enjoyable because most of the animals have begun to bring out their babies. They’re so precious!

One particular afternoon, I heard a juvenile hawk squawking in the woods. Moments later, I spied him circling overhead (little booger wanted my babies), and there were two sparrows in his path.

My breath hitched, and I worried what would happen to them. Run, little birdies. Run.

Okay, I know birds don’t run, but that’s what came to mind.

Within seconds, one of the sparrows soared up high, swooped down, and latched onto the hawk’s back. The little bird thrust his beak against the back of the hawk’s neck.

Then the second sparrow dove in, and he, too, took a jab and then darted away.

Talk about tag teaming.

Right after that, the original sparrow, still clinging to the back of his attacker, released the hold, flew up, swept back down, and again poked him in the back of the neck.

The poor hawk wobbled in flight, shrunk back for a moment, and seemed visibly shaken, as though he didn’t know whether to go right, left, up, or down.

I sat in amazement as I observed the power these two sparrows held over their enemy. Actually, I began to feel sorry for the hawk, especially when he ducked his head a few times. I mean, can you imagine having a hard, pointy beak rammed against the back of your neck?


Speaking of empathy, we should invoke the same thing in our readers. If we can get them to root against our antagonist, yet at the same time feel a degree of compassion and understanding for said character, we stand a good chance of keeping them turning the pages. And penning plenty of action—with lots of conflict—doesn’t hurt, either.

Speaking of conflict, the sparrows came back for another round. They dive-bombed the hawk and picked at his wings, multiple times, and the predator finally fluttered away. Chicken Soup For The Soul: The Gift of Christmas

It was then that the Lord showed me something.

The birds’ power to defend themselves is in their beaks, as well as their claws. They can latch onto all kinds of objects with those talons. Their fancy flying maneuvers don’t hurt, either. It’s the way God designed them.

But God’s word says that we’re more valuable than many sparrows, so how much more will he equip us?

“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows,” (Matthew 10:30-31 KJV).

Isn’t that amazing?

So when a hawk (the enemy of our souls) comes against us, and he seems too big to overcome, God has given us a means of defense, too, and it’s much greater—the scriptures.

God’s word is alive, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, much more than the beak of a small bird. And it’s the scriptures we should quote, especially in these types of situations. The enemy may not leave right away, but each time we cite God’s word (the Sword of the Spirit), we deliver a neck-crushing blow to that nasty Beelzebub. Poke. Poke. Poke.

I love that, don’t you?

And, like the sparrows, we must never give up. We might have to fly high, swoop down, and go into battle—multiple times—but eventually, Beelzebub will have to flee, in Jesus’ name.

So keep on keeping on. If God be for you, who can be against you?

May God continue to bless the works of your hands.