Sunday, July 2, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

adopt the pace of nature

Ask anyone who really knows me, and they'll tell you I love nature.  Skies and plants and animals.  (That doesn't include dangerous things.)  Warm sunshine, gentle breezes, chirping birds, gorgeous rainbows, fluttering butterflies, swirling leaves,  rippling creeks, soft snowflakes...  And, I know the Maker.



Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.
― George Gordon Byron

We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence.
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
 
 “Just ask the animals, and they will teach you.
    Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.
 Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you.
    Let the fish in the sea speak to you.
 For they all know
    that my disaster has come from the hand of the Lord.
 For the life of every living thing is in his hand,
    and the breath of every human being.

Job 12:7-10  NLT

Friday, June 30, 2017

amazing love

You Are My King (Amazing Love) Newsboys

I'm forgiven because You were forsaken
I'm accepted, You were condemned
And I'm alive and well, Your spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

I'm forgiven because You were forsaken
I'm accepted, You were condemned
I'm alive and well, Your spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love and I know it's true
And it's my joy to honor You, in all I do to honor You

I'm forgiven because You were forsaken
I'm accepted, You were condemned
I'm alive and well, Your spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love and I know it's true
And it's my joy to honor You, in all I do to honor You
In all I do to honor You

You are my King
You are my King
Jesus, You are my King
You are my King

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love and I know it's true
And it's my joy to honor You

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love and I know it's true
And it's my joy to honor You, in all I do to honor You
In all I do to honor You, in all I do, let me honor You

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

'cause pooh says so



A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.
-- Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne
Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.
-- Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne
Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
-- Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne
Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.
-- Piglet, Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

shh...


Whoever guards his mouth & tongue keeps his soul from troubles. - Proverbs 21:23

It may be a sudden reaction, blurted out without thinking, an automatic response. It could be thoughts and feelings you've held inside that burst out of your mouth before you can stop yourself.  Or words you regretted as soon as they're uttered.  It doesn't take much to damage a relationship, to be misunderstood, to regret.  

There are times when it's important NOT to speak.  To be silent.  To hold it in.


1. In the heat of anger -- Prov. 14:17
2. When you don't have all the facts -- Prov. 18:13
3. When you haven't verified the story -- Deut. 17:6
4. If your words will offend a weaker person -- 1 Cor. 8:11
5. When it is time to listen -- Prov. 13:1
6. When you are tempted to make light of holy things -- Ecc. 5:2
7. When you are tempted to joke about sin -- Prov. 14:9
8. If you would be ashamed of your words later -- Prov. 8:8
9. If your words would convey the wrong impression -- Prov. 17:27
10. If the issue is none of your business -- Prov. 14:10
11. When you are tempted to tell an outright lie -- Prov. 4:24
12. If your words will damage someone else's reputation -- Prov. 16:27
13. If your words will damage a friendship -- Prov. 16:28
14. When you are feeling critical -- James 3:9
15. If you can't say it without screaming it -- Proverbs 25:28
16. If your words will be a poor reflection of the Lord or your
friends and family -- Peter 2:21-23
17. If you may have to eat your words later -- Prov. 18:21
18. If you have already said it more than one time -- Prov. 19:13
19. When you are tempted to flatter a wicked person -- Prov. 24:24
20. When you are suppose to be working instead -- Prov. 14:23