Friday, December 30, 2016


Summer creek with little slope. The water only flows here during rain. There is a little bit of water flowing but not much.

Water finds the lowest point and creates a stream, washing all the dirt away leaving only rock. Streams come in two categories. Streams and intermittent streams. Intermittent streams only flow part of the year when there is enough rain to keep it flowing.

The life found in the stream varies according to how deep the water is and how fast the water flows. Some fish prefer fast flowing streams. While other fish can't handle fast water, only living in slower flowing water. The depth of the water will  dictate to an extent the fish that live there.

Christian growth is refereed to as being better if people live and use a stream instead of a lake or pond. If our source of water is on again and off again there would not be good health. We need to have  a steady diet of Scripture to thrive spiritually, along with fellowship, prayer, giving and serving.

Father, don't let me be an intermittent stream for You. I want to seek you with my whole heart.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Blacked Capped Chickadee

Small little bird that hangs around our feeder all winter. As I watch it come to the feeder, it first lands on a near by bush for 3 seconds. Then it flies to a branch above the feeder for a couple of seconds. Then it lands on the feeder and gets a seed. This takes about 1 to 2 seconds. It flew back to the bush to crack the seed shell and eat the kernel. After a few times of this it noticed I was sitting near by. The next time after getting a seed it flew to the other side of the street to eat the seed kernel. But the bird kept coming back because I was far enough away.

It has a long tail so the measurement is deceptive of 5 1/2". The House Sparrow measures 6 1/4" for comparison. This bird also has a shorter tail. The Blacked Capped Chickadee has a head a little big for its body size. We live on the southern end of the range in mid Missouri. The Carolina Chickadee comes into Missouri as well. Their calls are different but this does no good for identification, because they learn each others call.

They breed to a hybrid. The Blacked Capped has a little bit of gold in its breast while the Carolina has a white breast.

The bird is inquisitive and will come by when I'm hiking in the woods to see what I am up to.

They are able to store food and remember where they hid it and what kind of food is where. They can remember where they hid their food up to 28 days. They usually hide the food in tree bark or lichen patches.

Let us take the example of the Chickadee and store God's work in our heart for Christian living and spiritual nourishment.

Psalm 119:105 "Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee. KJV

Father, thank you for this fun bird that shows the way to live in the cold winter. Let me store your Word in my heart to serve You.

Saturday, December 24, 2016


The fog was heavy this morning bringing more moisture to the ground. Got a photo of frost on this small leaf.

Genesis 27:28
"Now may God give you of the dew of heaven, 
And of the fatness of the earth,
 And an abundance of grain and new wine;"

Father I look to you for sustenance and strength each day. Remind me to look for the morning dew in the morning.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Monarch Butterfly on Calico Aster

Psalm 121
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
8 The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.

God has given us His promises to rely on in life. There are many things that come our way but as we rely on God, He brings us through it all.

God is not asleep. He is with us through thick and thin. The problems in the day will not overwhelm you. And the problems at night will not destroy you. We can trust in God and rely on Him in all we face in life.

Can we believe God's promises? Yes we can believe Him. Reject the doubt that naturally comes with trials and instead trust what God says. Jesus is our savior, friend, helper and He is right now in heaven praying for us as we believe what He has promised us.

Father I look to you to help me through all the problems that come my way.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

American Woodcock

Well camouflaged bird, that walks slowly along the forest floor. It probes for bugs in the forest soil with its long beak.

The unusual placement of their eyes permits them to keep watch for danger in the sky while they have their heads down searching for food.

The newly hatched chicks leave the nest a few hours after hatching and rely on their mother for food for only a week.

People are on the other end of the scale. We rely on our parents for 20 years or more. The more help you get, the better prepared you are for problems that lay ahead.

Proverbs 15:22 
"Without consultation, plans are frustrated,
But with many counselors they succeed."

Father, I look to You for guidance in my life. And to give me good friends to help me also.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Snow Geese

What a marvelous sight I found at a nearby wildlife refuge. And there are a lot more coming.  They were always honking. When more of them would take to the air volume went up. And the volume went down when most of the geese settled down on the water.

The population was down so far in 1916 that hunting was stopped. It was started again in 1975. The population is so high now that the breeding grounds in Canada are being damaged by the overpopulation. There are some dark birds in this species and they are called blues.

They breed in Canada all the way up to the Arctic ocean. They winter along the Mississippi river down to Mexico and the Gulf coast. Some Snow geese that winter along the Pacific ocean will breed up in Siberia and some of those that winter along the Atlantic ocean will breed in Greenland.

Females will spend up to 18 hours a day foraging for food at their breeding grounds. But once they are sitting on their eggs they don't eat much. The oldest known snow goose  was 27 1/2 years.

Wing span 54" weight 116 oz. (7 pounds 4 oz) 2-6 eggs a year with one brood.

They sound a warning by honking before they take off and we shold pay attention to the warnings written in the Bible.

Joel 2:1 "Blow a trumpet in Zion,
And sound an alarm on My holy mountain!......"

Father let me be aware of Your warnings and serve You to help others follow You.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

American Coot

I don't ever see coots flying. They are content to swim away or run along the top of the water. But today was different. This was not just another day at the lake for these coots. Danger was in the air. I saw a Bald Eagle and all the birds knew he was around.

Danger has a way of waking people up. Defenses and preparations are made. The trouble is most people don't have a clue there is danger and live life as if nothing at all is wrong.  But we have an enemy and he is prowling to devour people spiritually. Many are easy pickings and lose their life spiritually because of the devastation that comes their way.

Don't be an easy target. Instead prepare for the future by returning to God and staying close to Him.

Mark 4:15 "Some are like the seeds along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them."

1 Peter 5:8 "Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."

Father, I look to you. For You will pluck my feet out of the net. (Palm 25:15)

Saturday, December 03, 2016


The Killdeer is a plover and is a shore bird. But they don't always stay by the shore. I found this bird at a baseball field. Their name comes from their call that sounds like a shrill killdeer.

Many of the plovers run along beach shores to gather their food. Killdeer run for a while than stop to see if they have stirred up any insects.
The oldest Killdeer was found rebanding in Kansas, 10 years and 11 months.

Killdeers will try a broken wing trick to get predators to not go near their nest.  This works fine but horses will still step on their nests as they roam through the pasture.

I enjoy seeing these birds and the energy they show as they work the ground for food. 

1 Peter 3:10 "For,The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit."

Father, thank you for the energy that comes from you to enjoy life and all You make.

Friday, December 02, 2016


Fire is a destructive force in nature. It can also be a cleansing force. Much of the undergrowth in the woods will be cleaned out during a fire.

Earth is the only planet in the Universe that fire will burn, no where else has that much oxygen.

Place a cold spoon over a candle and you will observe the water vapor condense on the metal...

A fire that burned in London in 1666 burned up much of the city. It also burned up the rats and fleas that were spreading the Bubonic plague that had killed more than 65,000 people the previous year. After the fire the plague stopped.

The Black Dragon Fire of 1987 is the largest wildfire in modern times. It burned some 20 million acres across China and the Soviet Union, an area about the size of South Carolina.

The Yellowstone fire of 1988 burned for months and did not go out till the arrival of cooler weather and rain. This fire burned 793,880 acres or 35 miles square.

Do we want God's fire in our life?  Hebrews 12:29 shows God is a consuming fire. If we are serving Him, His fire makes us hotter.

Father, show me how to burn brighter for you.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Fire Break

Hiking these woods I came across some workers that were blowing leaves and making a clear path in the ground. They said they were clearing this path for a fire break. They were going to burn the leaves and debris on the ground to maintain the Savannah woods.

Before civilization fire came through the woods from time to time.  This kept the undergrowth down and trees that were more resistant to fire thrived.

Fire is like problems. In the past foresters tried to stop all fires. But the forests started to change from Oak trees to less desirable trees. So now foresters burn occasionally to maintain the woods as they now.

We don't like the problems that come our way. Problems will make us stronger if we respond to them from the directions in Scripture. When we trust God we grow in Christ. When we turn to man to solve our problems we fester in the weakness we live in.

James 1:2-4 "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

Don't complain about your problem. Turn to Jesus and look to Him for the answer.

Father I thank you for your provision You have promised.

Here is a link to this area, showing what it looks like in summertime.