Monday, April 24, 2017

Ground Cover Flowers



A close look at this ground cover yields a beautiful flower. It is not what you see from a distance that always brings beauty. A close look sometimes will bring the satisfaction you desire.

I enjoy searching nature for the unheralded beauty. Life many times is that way. The mountain vistas are easy to admire but up close they may be very rugged and dangerous. This ground cover is not much from a distance but close up there is a surprise.

In Christ there is this same phenomenon. God seems distant and hard to understand. After I spend time in the Bible and meditate on His promises there is a sense of satisfaction and strength that doesn't come from a casual glance.

Jeremiah 29:13 "You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."

Father I look for you early in the morning and in the night watches.

Black Locust Flowers


Acts 12:24 "But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied."

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Turtles


What are the lessons of the turtle for us?

Use your protection when needed.
A slow pace is best but keep moving forward in work for Christ.
They live in the water but need air. Many Christians are not aware of their need for air or the life of the Holy Spirit at times.

We get caught up in the busyness of life. Don't be too busy but return to Christ often for His vitality of the Spirit that is there for us.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Spruce Tree




A tree growing tall, healthy, producing plenty of cones for reproduction.

Ezekiel 37:24 "All the trees of the field will know that I am the LORD; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will perform it."

It is not what seems to be, but  what God has promised.

Don't let your hope turn to despondency. Instead see God fulfilling the promise He made to you.

Proverbs 13:12 ESV "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life."


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dandelions



There was a time when Jerusalem was under siege in the 1948 war of independence. Jews were facing starvation but God miraculously caused a weed to grow in their time of need that provided sustenance for the people. In Exodus God sent mana to Israel for their needs, six days a week for 40 years.

I see dandelions as a plant similar to this. There does not seem to be the need for it. People spray it and kill it off. They are looking for the uniformity of grass. Medicines are used instead of natural herbs. There is a health cost to using medicine. Or why would do we need a prescription instead of just buying it over the counter? Answers to many of our physical needs are readily available with natural herbs.

Don't try to beat them, eat them. We took the attitude of raising healthy children and not lawns. We didn't put fertilizer and weed killer on our yard. I would pay my kids a penny each for the dandelion flowers they would pull. As time went on we came to learn the benefits of dandelions. I was skeptical for years but have learned to eat them in salads. They are not bitter or bad tasting.

Dandelions provide solutions for: bone health, liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, skin care, acne, weight loss, cancer, jaundice, gall bladder disorders, constipation, anemia, high blood pressure and a good source of vitamin C. They also are a good vegetable for salads.

Caution: when using for skin care, keep away from your eyes. If you are taking diabetic medicine, they could lower your sugar level causing hypoglycemia.

13 Surprising Benefits of dandelions

Just as people seek counsel for their problems, if they would first read and meditate on the Bible, the answer to most of their problems would become apparent.

Psalm 119:99,100 I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the aged, Because I have observed Your precepts.

Father I look to you for the answers to life. Thank you.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Hawthorne Tree Flower


The flowers are just about to bloom.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Paw Paw Bud


These buds are common in the forest understory in the Midwest hardwood forest.

Psalm 119:89 "Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven."

Psalm 119:92 "If Your law had not been my delight,
Then I would have perished in my affliction."

Psalm 119:97 "O how I love Our law!
It is my meditation all the day."

Psalm 119:103 "How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

Psalm 119:105 "Your word is a lamp to my feet
 and a light to my path."

Psalm 119:116 "Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live;
And to don let me be ashamed of my hope."

Psalm 119:130 "The unfolding of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple."

Psalm 119:133 "Establish my footsteps in Your word.
And to not let any iniquity have dominion over me."

Psalm 119:148 "My eyes anticipate the night watches,
That I may meditate on Your word."

Psalm 119:160 "The sum of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting."

Psalm 119:162 "I rejoice in Your word, 
as one who finds great spoil."

Psalm 119:165 "Those who love Your law have great peace,
And nothing causes them to stumble."

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Daffodil


One of the first flowers to come out is the Daffodil. March 5th

Psalm 121:1,2 "I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord
Who made heaven and earth."

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Milkweed


Here is a Milkweed seed pod that still has some seeds in March.

This plant attracts butterflies and is sold at nature stores. We saw these in a grassland area growing wild.

Psalm 125:2 "As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the Lord surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever."

Friday, March 03, 2017

Lilac


Warm winter has Lilac starting to grow. But they were leafing out the 7th of March last year.


Here are some old seed pods.

It is good to see signs of spring. Life is starting anew. Let us learn from nature to respond to the Lord when we sense His warmth.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Ginko Tree


I took some photos of a Ginko tree. The stems are stubby giving it a distinct look in the winter.




Like the Ginko tree that has an ancient past. Abraham lived to be 175 years old. Gen. 25:7. Many people think Abraham only had 2 sons. Gen 25:1,2 shows that Abraham had 6 more sons with another wife after Sarah died.