Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Star Magnolia Magnolia Stellata

I want to come back and measure the growth of this bush in the future. The fuzzy Magnolia  bud is interesting.

This bush is from Japan and has white flowers. It looks like it is just a bush, sometimes this plant is a small tree. The tree  is expected to grow from 15 to 20'. Late frosts may hurt the flowers.

Looking forward to the star flowers in the future. The coming of the Christ was predicted with a star. The verse is obscure and probably was not understood by many. With the Holy Spirit we can understand the things of the Lord.

Numbers 24:17
"I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, A scepter shall rise from Israel, And shall crush through the forehead of Moab, And tear down all the sons of Sheth."

Matthew 2:9
"After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was."

Father, let me not be oblivious to the things of the future. I look to You and trust You that my eyes will be open to Your ways. So be it, in Jesus name.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Red Headed Woodpecker

The Red Headed Woodpeckers really catch your eye with the red and white. A beautiful bird.

What catches our eye in spiritual things? For me it is the hope and grace God offers. We were made to serve God. But because of our shortcomings we lose heart and give up. God is mindful that we are but dust and extends to us His grace to continue with a new start. Let us rejoice and give thanks to His name.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Purple and White Flower

It is not always the large plants or mountain vistas that bring beauty. This flower reminds me that there can be beauty in unexpected places.

God is the same way with us. It is not the mighty man that has His power but one who listens and humbly obeys with courage. God supports those whose heart is completely His. Many times the people God chooses are those the world would not consider. God can use anyone who trusts and believe in Him.

2 Chronicles 16:9
"For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Savannah Woods

These woods are maintained as a Savannah woodland. This is not naturally occurring unless fire burns out the undergrowth. This type of woods looks nicer because there is less debris under the trees.

Last December, we were there as a fire trail was being made to burn off the undergrowth. Workers were blowing leaves off with an air blower.


Below is a picture of the Savannah woods maintained by fire.

And below is an area that did not receive burning.

Just as the forest is kept clean by fire. We benefit by getting rid of debris that would keep our soul divided between serving God and ourselves. With a clear purpose we are effective in our work. Don't let a divided heart and soul cause  you to work at cross purposes.

Father, I ask you to show me where my heart and soul is not pure towards You.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Quiet Waters

Waters are calming and peaceful. Stopped at this lake and rested our souls by watching the water and the sky. Psalm 23:2 "He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters."

There is something about water that is peaceful. Could it be that we are made up of mostly water, and that is why it is peaceful? Up to 60% of the human body is water. "There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy dwelling place of the Most High." Psalm 46:4

God's voice is described as being over the waters. "Psalm 29:3 "The voice of the Lord is upon the waters, . . . " Waters allow us to hear the voice of God. The Bible is referred to as water. Ephesians 5:26 "So that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of the water with the word." 

Take a Scripture portion and read it slowly at a place of reflection, such as this lake.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Eastern Cottonwood

This tree is still growing at a regular rate. At the end of 2008 it had a circumference of 201". Yesterday it had a circumference of 217.25. It has grown 16.25" in 9 years. The height of the tree is 108' and the branch spread was 108 and 83'. The point value of the tree is 363.

This is the biggest tree I have measured since I started measuring trees, in central and West Missouri.

The other tree that rivals this tree in size is an American Sycamore tree that is not far from here. It is growing up on the slopes you can see in the background in this picture. That tree has a spring above it which contributes to its growth.

This Cottonwood is growing on the old Missouri river bottoms. The bottoms were diked a long time ago probably in the early 1900's.

There are many things that come against a tree from living a long life. Disease, bug infestation, storms, soil and ground stability and the growth of other trees abound it. Development by construction knock out a lot of trees.

People can be compared to trees in the aspect of strength, growth and stability. It is the choices we make in how we live our life that determine our success. Some things come against us that out of our control, but God will provide what we need as we stay connected to Him.

Psalm 105:4
"Seek the Lord and His strength. Seek His face continually."

Father, guide me by Your Spirit to be bring light and life to others.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Old Chinquapin Oak

Height 67'
Circumference 115"
Canopy 50 & 55
Points 187

There are many dead branches on this tree. When they drop off the canopy will be even shorter.  The split in the bole of the tree is allowing disease and bugs to attack the health of the tree.

There are signs of life and death in our walk with the Lord. When we speak of God's work in us and through us we are giving testimony to Jesus and advancing. When we focus on the things of this world we have our mind on fleshly things and life is not happening.

The solution is to live with expectation for what God has promised.

Romans 8:5,6
"For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,"

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


I like these flowers because they last all summer. This photo was taken 10/9/17

Psalm 34:1-7
"I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
3 O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces will never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And rescues them."

Monday, October 09, 2017

Chinquapin Oak

Height 51'
Circumference   124 5/8   In 2009 the circumference was 117"
Canopy 70 & 59
Points 192

Looking on one side of this tree it looks healthy. But when you go around to the other side there are many signs of decay.

There are 2 sides to our life, the physical and the spiritual. Don't neglect the spiritual part of your life. Turn to Jesus every day to be refreshed.

Psalm 119:121-128
"I have done justice and righteousness;
Do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Be surety for Your servant for good;
Do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation
And for Your righteous word.
124 Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness
And teach me Your statutes.
125 I am Your servant; give me understanding,
That I may know Your testimonies.
126 It is time for the Lord to act,
For they have broken Your law.
127 Therefore I love Your commandments
Above gold, yes, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything,
I hate every false way."

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Crow Headed Out

I saw 3 crows land in a tree but the view was obstructed. As I moved to get a clear photo they took off. This is the last of the 3. As they took off they were squawking warnings to each other and maybe to other crows on the periphery.

They wanted to keep something between me and them. When I moved they became intimidated and left.

We can be intimidated by God and His teachings in the Bible. But this shows we don't know God or His love for us. The crows didn't know me and they were not going to take a chance to find out. We can't know God if we don't take a chance and seek to find Him.

Matthew 28:18-30
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”