God and Lady Bugs

Yesterday Sharon and I went for a short hike in the forest. Much of the color is past, and the ground is covered with a new harvest of leaves.

Insects have either already prepared for the cold season, or are looking for places to hibernate. As I observe the Lady Bugs I’m reminded how our Creator put together this world as a complex ecosystem for His glory and our enjoyment. The simple beauty of display that adorns the biological system too complicated to understand feeds my soul. It makes me wonder about my God–His greatness and His grace.

Praise the Lord is all I can say.

What say you about God today?

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Ending the Week With a Workday of Faithful Service

“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33

As I mowed/mulched my leaves yesterday I pondered the faithful life of all those leaves whose life is done. Through the late spring and summer they brought joy to my eye. Peaceful, serene. Yes those leaves did their work without complaint.

Today, as my work week ends, may I be as faithful as a solitary leaf. True to my calling as the needle is to the pole.

Praise the Lord.

What say you about God today?

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Compassion Works

“Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.” Zechariah 7:9

It pains me when some of my Christian friends complain about the number of families in america who are receiving a government check each month while the economy remains so bad. As the wealthy are getting wealthier the poor are getting poorer. With the middle class shrinking it is appropriate that mercy is shown along with compassion.

As the Federal Reserve stops the Quantitative Easing program interest rates will rise and put more pressure on government spending. Something will have to give, and it will add more stress for everyone.

Lord help us as a nation to make wise choices.

Today I look to God for guidance.

What say you about God today?

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Glory met Glory on that Morning

Last evening I read the most dramatic chapter in the entire Bible. Matthew chapter 28 describes how the angel of God arrived at the tomb of Jesus and pronounced the words that brought our Savior forth. Death was conquered with victory.

The glory of that angel was so bright that all the evil angels who were guarding the tomb fell back in fear.

Just imagine that scene!

Today I am encouraged–energized. I’m ready to face the world.

What say you about God today?

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Let’s Wash Our Hands in Innocence Through Prayer

Yesterday I was able to deliver a donated bed to an immigrant family that had no bed. They live in an apartment that provides not much more than shelter. But the family is happy because they are here. They are a spiritual family who counts it joy to be so blessed by God.

It is my desire that you and I wash our hands in innocence today as did the Psalmist in Psalm 73:13. That we, as this wonderful African family, praise the Lord who blesses and chasteneth us.

Praise the Lord.

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So Much Suffering in this Broken World.

Last evening I met the distraught parents of a middle-aged man who suddenly became mentally ill. With 2 masters degrees in computer engineering and a very good job, the stress finally took its toll. He is now out of work and despondent one day and paranoid the next as he sits in the county jail for public misconduct.

My heart goes out to this family as I pray for them again today. They are from another country and are of another faith, but are so eager for help that they are reading the Bible and asked us to pray to Jesus to help their son.

It’s an honor to introduce these lovely people to Jesus.

What say you about God today?

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Colors of Autumn; Brilliance of Nature

Autumn colors are at their peak this week. Rain and cloud cover intensify the hues with less glare from the sun making the scenes more striking to the eye.

The dutiful leaves are dying after a season of faithfulness, a season brief, a season sustaining life for the entire planet with photosynthesis.

I worship my God who engineered this system. I praise Him for His attention to detail.

It’s amazing that a God this powerful loves you and me.

Praise the Lord.

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Rainbows Are a Blessing

“I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” Genesis 9:15

Late yesterday afternoon an unusual rain came down. The droplets were large. It was a short storm and before it was over the sun broke through the western sky giving us a brilliant rainbow. This was the brightest rainbow I have ever seen. It was so bright that there were two of them.

I praised God and thought of Noah as I beheld the north end of the bow disappear behind a stand of trees. The wet autumn leaves were a bright green, red and orange in the glow of the evening sun, while the brilliant bow contrasted its varied colors.

What a special moment!

My God talked to Noah. He has lived forever, and He’s as faithful today as he was with my forefather thousands of years ago.

Praise the Lord.

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A New Week With God Begins

“Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37

I love this statement. It describes the culture of heaven, and I like that.

Today, this week–I want to be like that also.

What say you about God today?

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I Planted a Tree Yesterday

Yesterday I planted a maple tree called Autumn Blaze. As it grows it will benefit nature by making oxygen, putting moisture into the air and providing shade and habitat for birds.

Trees remind me of faithful men and women; people who can be trusted; people who are reliable; who walk with God.

Trees remain where they are planted, and it’s my prayer that you and I discern where God wants us to be planted today.

May we become as faithful as our God.

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Do You Have Inner Peace?

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

Jesus was “harsh” only when dealing with hypocrisy. My prayer today is for gentleness and love. Peace.

Praise God for the inner peace that I feel today.

What say you about God?

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Give Me More Zeal

A short time following His first miracle Jesus went to Jerusalem and cleansed the temple. “His disciples remembered that it is written: ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ ” John 2:17

Oh, that I might have the zeal of Jesus!

Oh, that I might have His love in my heart, for when the love of God is embedded in the heart a sweet fragrance emanates.

Praise the Lord today.

 

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Beginning a New Week With Intensity

“Blessed are they who . . . seek him with all their heart.” Psalm 119:2

I revisit this thought today because of its importance to me as I ponder my level of zeal for God.

It is my desire to seek God with the same intensity that Jesus sought the Father. This will be a life-changing endeavor.

What say you about God today?

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My Plea for Wisdom Today

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God . . . and it shall be given him.” James 1:5

As I read scripture it is evident how little I understand about righteousness, so I move forward in faith knowing that Jesus understands.

Lord help me to be like you with deep understandings and wise thoughts.

Praise the Lord.

 

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Oceans are Warmer; Birds are dying

When camping last week I noticed how few ashes remained after burning so much wood, and my friend assured me that the same amount of carbon is released when wood rots as when it burns. That made me feel better.

Unfortunately the same is not true for coal, and this year thousands of birds that summer in Iceland have failed, yet again, to have chicks due to what the ornithologists believe is the warmer Atlantic Ocean.

One area where ornithologists would normally band and record 800 chicks had only 5 this summer, and it’s the same in every breeding ground according to the report I read.

I don’t participate in the debate about global warming, but it seems to me that converting zillions of tons of coal from solid to gas through burning century after century increases the volume of the atmosphere around earth, and that alone would make air-waves larger and larger and ultimately affect weather patterns.

Oh, Lord, what have we done? Help me to be a better steward of your creation!

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God Has Power Over Death

It has been a year since my mother died in her 95th year, and I will never forget the emotions confronting me when I picked up the small wooden box containing her ashes.

The woman in whose womb I was formed, and who cared for me with a tenderness of unmeasured love was reduced to a few pounds of dust that some might label as waste.

But there will be a day when my mother will rise from her grave;  “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16

Yes, a better day awaits, and for that I praise the Lord.

What say you about God today?

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Meekness Matters

“For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.” Psalm 149:4

Jesus must have thought of this psalm when He said “The meek shall inherit the earth.”

Today I pray that all His people will cast away arrogance and wear a cloak of meekness, for love does not boast.

What say you about God today?

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Think About God Today

I’m back home after a weekend of camping in an ecosystem that supports a diversity of life leaving me with much to think about, much to meditate on regarding God and nature.

Today begins a new week of work, and I pray that I will represent God in everything I say and do.

What say you about God today?

 

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Ospreys and God

“How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him. Psalm 147:1

Yesterday my wife and I were canoeing and saw a beautiful adult osprey plunge into the lake for a fish. The bird spread his wings and flew away after missing the quarry, but we were fed by the view of his wonderful majestic form.

Praise God today for He creation that feeds our souls.

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Do You Ever Wrestle With God?

“Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.” Psalm 146:5

Today I am camping in the forest listening to birds announcing their presence and acorns bouncing off the camper; all reminding me of a God who created it all.

My God is the same God that Jacob worshiped. The same God that Jacob wrestled with, and today I wrestle with Him for more of His Spirit, for a more perfect character that I may be fit for more of His Spirit.

Praise the Lord.

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