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. 

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Box Elder Maple


I am drawn to box elder because of the green twigs I find in the winter woods are different than the other twigs. All of them are brown or gray.


Lord I thank You for the variety in the forest. May Your glory be shown to people of all faiths to know that You are God and King of kings. I listen for You as I walk in the woods.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Black Willow


A revisit of the willow tree I posted last August.


One of the things that is noticeable of willows is the bud lies flat against the twig. The leaves are long and narrow but you don't see that in the winter. What you do see is the thin twigs.


Leviticus 23:40 "Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days."

So now when I see Willows I will think of rejoicing before the Lord. Thank you Jesus for what You do for me. I trust in You.


Saturday, February 04, 2017

Black Willow


Here is a Black Willow on top of the bank next to the Missouri river. It is leaning over the bank, which this tree seems to do a lot. It usually grows around bigger trees and has to lean to find the light. Willow can withstand flooding thus the propensity to grow in bottom land sites and thrive there.

The saplings of willow grow straight and are good for furniture making. That is brush furniture. The wood is light and would not stand up the use of normal furniture.

One of the reasons I am drawn to finding different types of trees is their ability to adapt to different types of conditions. Christians are not all the same. That may be why there are so many expressions of Christianity. We have different abilities and should not be discouraged if we don't measure up to others. Instead of trying to measure up to others serve God as you were made to do. 

We all have abilities if we will renounce the sin desires that are within us and turn to Christ and live for Him. Look to Jesus and not yourself and He will sustain you.

Psalm 55:22 "Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken."

Father, I look to you and Your Son and the Holy Spirit to guide me in my life and work. Thank You, let it happen.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Northern Sholveler


The long and wide bills makes this duck distinctive.

Each and every day God shows His glory through creation. Thank you Jesus for the opportunity to watch your beauty the wonders you have made.