Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Birds foot trefoil




I found these flowers along a sidewalk in late June last year.  They are quite small the above photo was accomplished with an extension tube on my camera.

Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 “With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation.”

Father, You do not care if someone is great or small. You will bless whoever calls on you. Thank you for Your blessing. Thank you for Your answers.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Reflection


Canon Rebel T3 F20 1/125 sec ISO 200 10 mm lens



The sun angle was just right with the water to get this reflection on the water with these clouds.

We can position our life to be a reflection of God's light.

2 Corinthians 4:6 "For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."

Father, I yield my life to reflect your life, so others may see the hope you have given them. Thank you, for your guidance, grace and light of understanding. In Jesus name you are doing it.

Monday, June 20, 2016

American Coot


These birds are more like a Sandhill crane than a duck. On land they walk like chickens and don't waddle like ducks.

When I have seen them fly they don't get far off the water. It looks like they are running on top of the water as they fly to the other side of the pond. They are predominate in most rural area ponds that I have been to. In West central Missouri they are a little north of their year around range. Though I think some of them stay at a wildlife refuge I frequent, all winter.

Most people don't like to eat them. I read one article where a guy cooks them for his dog.

Psalm 77:11-15 "I shall remember the deeds of the Lord;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
12 I will meditate on all Your work
And muse on Your deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy;
What god is great like our God?
14 You are the God who works wonders;
You have made known Your strength among the peoples.
15 You have by Your power redeemed Your people,
The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah."

Father, You make all things good for their place. Thank you for the beauty I see.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Thistles





This plant does not have much use for agriculture. There is no real value  that we can use this for. I like the pink flowers. 

Some people produce good fruit and others bad fruit. This thistle looks nice, but you would not like to eat it, or for that matter to walk through it. The thorns will go right through your pants.

Let us do quality work for Jesus. Start small and build on that.

Matthew 7:16
"You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Willows Along Lake Shore


In May we were came to this lake and remained there to enjoy the solitude and peacefulness of the area. 

Willows as a genus grow by the abundance of water. Water is the basis of all life. We thrive when there is abundance of God's word. With abundance there is no need. God promises to supply our needs. Willows speak to me of God supplying me with all I need.

Father, I thank you for all you show me and give me and supply my every need.

Leviticus 23:40 "And you shall take on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days."

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ohio Spiderwart





Got a nice close up of an Ohio Spiderwart flower.  Just a little flower growing on grass type weeds. Weeds are only weeds because our perception of the plant. A weed ceases to be a weed when we learn the plants value.

It is the same with the Spirit. Many don't understand the value of reading the Bible or the benefits of living for God. Many just obey enough they think to go to heaven. But their heart is never really for God. They keep Christian rules with drudgery.

We are created to live with God. When we live like this our life becomes fulfilling and satisfying.

Ephesians 2:10 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."

Father, let me see your purpose for me today in what my seem mundane. Let my heart share your glory to others. In Jesus name it's happening.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sunset




We were driving around looking for a good place to take some sunset photos.The place I had thought of was good for spring but in the summer the sun had moved further north. I ended up shooting  over some hills as you can see in these photos. The color was so good that some of my shots came out well.

I give glory to God for the beauty I see each day. This day was special for the beauty was grand. We can see God's work and know that He has greater things in store for us.

Psalm 113:3 " From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the Lord is to be praised."

Father, I praise you for all the beauty I get to see daily. Thank you for all you do for me. In Jesus name I receive your blessings of nature.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Northern Mocking Bird


I had moved up to the edge of the Missouri river to watch some Cliff swallows and this Mocking bird was prancing around and spreading its wings as the above photo shows. I enjoy watching and listening to this bird.

It is not known why Mocking birds spread their wings like this. It could be to startle bugs to make them easier to catch. Other birds make a racket when you get near their nest. There were no trees near this area because it was at the water's edge of the Missouri river.

They may spread their wings because they can. A stance of pride. Mocking birds may learn up to 200 birds songs which they will repeat throughout the day.


I find it useful to take liberty at times with analogies. These analogies can remind us of reality. The Mocking bird is acting like he is under the influence of alcohol. I have never heard anyone say that booze made their marriage better over the course of their life. I have heard many say that booze destroyed their marriage. I worked downtown for a number of years inspecting street cuts. Being on the street I ran into a lot of homeless people. Not all were there because of alcohol but many were.

Proverbs 20:1 "Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise."

Why turn to booze when we can turn to Christ and have the Holy Spirit to help us? People don't understand how God can give us a better life, but He does promise us an abundant life.

John 10:10 ""The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cone Flowers




There are 9 species of cone flowers, I'm not sure what this one is. They have been used to heal saddle sores on horses and also used for snake bites. Because of their medical use they are dug up illegally. They grow well in the sun and also in dry rocky glaces. I got this bottom photo in  a rocky glade. 

Psalm 34:17,18 "The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit."

Father, guide me by Your Spirit to places of peace and rest. Let me see Your handiwork day by day. In Jesus name thanks.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Lilly Activity






Saturday I posted photos of a yellow Lilly in our backyard. God has created much  beauty.

But all is not as it looks. When I looked closer at the flower there were bugs there. Much activity was happening that was not apparent at a glance. The top photo shows an ant. Ants herd aphids and harvest them for food. The next photo was a bug maybe there to eat the leaves of the plant. And the bottom 2 photos was photos of a daddy long leg spider. He was there to catch other bugs.

Just as this flower had more going on than was apparent to the casual eye, so life has much going on that we miss if we aren't spiritually aware. 

1 Peter 5:8 "Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."

Father I look to you to guide me through this day to walk in victory. In Jesus name I thank you.