Sunday, July 09, 2017

Lightray and Grass


A small ray of sunlight highlighted this grass leaving the background dark.

At times an area of life will be highlighted to us. Take note of it. It could be God showing you something.

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."

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Wild Blackberries


Found some blackberries on a hike I was on. I made a note of this and will return in a week to see if they are repening to pick.  I was there July 3rd and plan to return on the 10th or latter to see the progress.


Revelation 14:15 "And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.”

Just as I am waiting for the fruit to become ripe so is the Lord waiting to harvest the earth.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Eastern Tiger Swallow Tail



Psalm 5:3 "In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch."

The bee and the butterfly were busy collecting nectar. And David in the above Psalm is eagerly seeking the Lord. We need to be about the work of the Lord for when we seek Him we will find Him  when we search with diligence.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Humming Bird



I put this humming bird feeder up a couple of hours ago and this lady came by for a drink. This proves there are humming birds around. If you don't put a feeder out you won't see them.

God is near. If we don't approach Him there will not be an encounter. James says, draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.

Father I want more of You in my life. Let me experience more of you.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Basswood Blow Down


We drove up to this park and noticed a blow down after a recent storm.  All the other trees withstood the storm but this one didn't.  What was the cause of the weakness? Sometimes you will see whole rootwads pulled up. This tree just snapped at the stem.



The stem does not look that bad. There did not seem to be any rot.  Basswood is a lighter wood than other trees. It would do better with other trees than to stand by itself.


Here is what is left in the ground.


Leaf and fruiting leaf of basswood.

Romans 12:3 "For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God as allotted to each a measure of faith."

Find like minded believers to fellowship with and be encouraged by. We are built up by prayer, the Word and encouragement. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Green Bug


Bright green bug found on forest floor. This bug does not match up with the Emerald Ash Borer. So it is an unknown bug. It does show the variety and beauty of nature.

Psalm 4:4-8 
"Tremble, and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
And trust in the Lord.
6 Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?”
Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord!
7 You have put gladness in my heart,
More than when their grain and new wine abound.
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety."

Monday, June 12, 2017

Black Cherry



Tree measurements:

Height 56'
Circumference of large stem 52 7/8"
Canopy 47' & 43'
Total Points = 109

Followed the rocky trail to a top of a hill and found this unusual shaped tree. I look for trees that will be interesting to return to. The tree seems to be healthy and will live for many years. This Black cherry was growing among many E. Red cedars. Measuring the canopy was a little prickly as I pushed my way through the cedar branches.

Growth in life comes not by taking it easy. Or complaining about what is wrong or what you disagree with. Growth comes by doing hard things and sticking with the job till you complete it.

Romans 5:3-5 " And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us."

Trials if endured will bring access to God's love. And God's love brings the answers we are looking for.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Common Grackle


One of the things that make Common grackles interesting to me is the way their yellow eyes stand out against their black feathers. Birds seem to have more than one way of seeing. They can see with both eyes or they can look with one eye.

This grackle took notice of me as I was shooting pictures of him eating below our bird feeder. He did fly up and look at the food in the feeder but decided to be content with the food that had been knocked out on the ground.

There is more than one way of seeing for humans as well. In Ephesians 1:18 it talks about seeing with your spiritual eyes. This is possible by envisioning the promises of God being real.

Let us not only see with our eyes but also in the spirit.

Ephesians 1:18,19 "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. . . ."

Father, help me see what You are doing to live effectively for You.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Turtle


Turtles are know for there slow speed and hiding in their shell. Neither characteristic is favored by humans.

It is the security that we have in Christ and taking time to listen to Him that gives us the confidence and direction we need. Rushing back and forth does not bring the answer.

Isaiah 40:31 "
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary."

Father, I wait for Your word. I wait for Your strength. I wait for your leading.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Ohio Spiderwart



Bug getting nectar from an Ohio spiderwart. I've gotten other bugs in close up shots but they didn't look as good as this one.

The timing of this shot has nothing to do with my skill. I just happened upon this shot because it was there. Life is like that. It is going through many processes to get to a good ending.

In the MACRO world of nature there is much that we are not aware of. But is there none the less.

Spiritual life is like that. Much is happening we are not aware of.  Because I am unaware of many things in life, I trust in the Lord.

Holy Spirit lead me.