Thursday, March 31, 2005

Death Will Bring Life

Death will give way to life! Posted by Hello

John 12:24 “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

Terri’s death is not in vain. There is fruit when there is death. Reform will come. People will see that there is value in life.

Don’t despair at the loss. Though it seems wrong, and it is wrong, good will come. They mean harm by it. Or they don’t know what they are doing. But God will work good. The sowing of the seed of death in her life will bring life to others.

Lord, bring your will to the courts in the USA. Cause people to see You at work in the world. Let your light shine in the darkness. Help us to love and not hate. Work in our hearts to reflect your glory. Bring peace in the midst of chaos, joy where there is sorrow, and life where death seems to triumph.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Terri Shiavo

“If you are slack in the day of distress, Your strength is limited. Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.” Proverbs 24:10,11

Though Terri Shiavo may be lost, her life may not be in vain. The courts seem to
have overstepped their bounds. Maybe this tragedy can work to good by reform in our judicial system.

“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, here is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:54-57 NASB

Monday, March 14, 2005

Seek To Know God

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The more we come to know God the more we can accept from Him.

Waiting allows our spirit to align with the Holy Spirit so that power can flow.

Waiting allows us to accept what we have heard.

If we accept what God says we do what He wants.

Love is our response because of God's love to us.

Attitude is everything. What we accept from God as true, helps our attitude. And what we accept is what we expectantly look for from God.

Waiting for the power and believing for the power is reliant on our waiting for God and believing God.

Be still and know that God is God. There must be more to knowing than knowing God is God.

When I see the sun I think of the power of God.

For all practical purposes the sun's power is limitless. And it was designed by God. And He is much greater than the sun.

The sun is just one of the limitless stars. And God made all of this. And He is greater than all the stars He put together.

There is no end to His power. There is no end to His love for us.

His purposes for me are boundless if I will believe Him.

To know of God is one thing. To know God with heart and soul is something else. Yet God asks us to know Him. He asks us to let Him in our heart to fellowship with us. He wants to talk to us and be our friend.

Yet we can't be friends with God if we don't do what He says and asks of us. Friendship – Servant-hood. We can't be servants if we don't or won't take the time to listen, read and study.

Turn to God; you won't be sorry.

Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is ABLE to do FAR MORE ABUNDANTLY BEYOND ALL that we ASK or THINK, according to the POWER that WORKS within us.”

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Waiting for Growth

Trees overtaking an abandoned pasture. Posted by Hello

Writing, leaning against a tree after a March hike. A great March day. A little cool when the wind blows.

Shades of gray and brown are all I see. It looks like no life is happening but there are millions of buds waiting for the signal to start. Nature is lined up at the starting line waiting for the gun to go off. When the sun is right and the spring rains and warmth come. Growth will take off like a shot.

These woods will be totally different then. Viewing a picture of them now vs when there is a growth without looking close you could not tell you were looking at the same place.

We have all the potential to be vibrant Christians for God. We have all the ingredients in us.

When we point towards the Son in His timing we can grow by leaps and bounds. Let us be still in the times of winter of our soul. God will meet us and lead us to times of growth as the time is right.

2 Peter 1:3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

American Sycamore Platanus occidentalis, Linn.

Measurement of the above Sycamore.
Circumference was 158”
Crown was 89'
Height 121'
Giving it a point total of 301

ID link

Thumbnail of ID photos

Photo of big tree trunk

Bottomland tree with white thin flaking bark. Leaves large palmately lobed. One thing I remember about this tree is you don't want to split it for firewood. It grows swirled. When you put a splitting wedge in, you will be hitting your wedge many times before it splits. Another thing I remember about these trees is the heart wood rots away easily.

The white bark really stands out in the winter. The tree is fast growing and is bigger than most other trees.

The wood is not strong, durning storms branches will break off.

It has susceptible to wind shake which is the internal splitting of wood.
I also notice a lot of heart rot. This removes the tree value for lumber but it is valuable for wildlife habitat. It is grown for biomass production.

It is a large fast growing tree. Easily identified by its white pealing bark. Grows best in bottom land areas of alluvial (flood plain) soils are best growth.

The tree is moderately intolerant. Meaning it needs direct sunlight.

Sycamore grows fast throughout its life.
Within its range, only cottonwood and, under some conditions, a
few of the pines, soft maples, and black willow grow faster.

It grows to the widest diameter than other North American hardwoods.