Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Sure Foundation

Last year a lovely two story home was built facing the river near the bridge. It was well back from the river, but the river is at an all time high now. I am hoping that the home was built on a solid foundation. A good foundation is very important but so many have nothing to stand on.

Job 22:15  Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? 
Job 22:16  Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood: 
Job 22:17  Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them? 

  A lot of water is pouring out of Shasta Dam and the river us running fast and wide. My foundation is God Almighty, who made all from nothing and who is everlasting.

Psa 102:25  Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 
Psa 102:26  They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: 
Psa 102:27  But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. 

There is a rock facade, that is facing the river water. Like this home, we must have more than an appearance of a solid foundation, it is the hidden foundation that matters.

Luk 6:46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 
Luk 6:47  Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 
Luk 6:48  He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 
Luk 6:49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great. 

Unexpectedly the home is put to the test as the river waters wash away everything that is not on a good foundation.

1Co 3:10  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 
1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 

I pray that the home will be undamaged by the river of adversity. When the river of adversity surrounds us, we too will be tested as to our foundation. Jesus is my foundation.

Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 
Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 
Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 
Eph 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 
Eph 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hawk eye

To say that one has eyes like a hawk means that they see everything. Hawks do have keen eyesight. This one purposely flew over my shoulder as I was out near the bird feeder. He wanted the birds, not the seeds. There is one greater than the hawk and that is our creator. God sees everything, even the hidden thoughts of man.

Heb 4:13  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 

The Red Shouldered Hawk eyes me from the Persimmon tree. In politics a hawk is one who is wanting to go to war. I have seen dove feathers scattered in the yard as a reminder of a predator hawk. The dove is a peace loving bird, symbolic of the Holy Spirit. I will not go so far as to call the hawk the adversary, or the devil. They are beautiful birds. To prevent war we need strength and wisdom. A strong nation is a safer nation. Our nation needs to be united and trusting in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Mat 12:25  And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 

Isa 31:5  As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it. 

The hawk looks over his shoulder perhaps at his bigger cousin.

High in a Sycamore tree a Turkey Vulture was drying his wings.

Northern California has so much rain that our Park is flooded and closed. 

Mat 5:43  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 
Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 
Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

California drought ended

We had our first snow in several years followed by 5 inches of rain

Job 37:5  God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. 
Job 37:6  For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

The parking lot at the River park looks like a lake. The stones were to keep out vehicles that would do wheelies on the grass. 

1Pe 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 
1Pe 2:7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 
1Pe 2:8  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 

The trails around the park were flooded.

The walking bridge to the fishing dock was under water. The four separate ponds have become one pond as the river flows in giving fresh new water. Maybe new fish too?

Eze 47:8  Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. 
Eze 47:9  And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. 

Another view of the fishing dock. The shelter is usually on high ground, but now submerged as high as the seat on the picnic bench. The bench is cement and secured. I remember in the 1970's seeing wood picnic benches floating down the river. I also saw a propane tank going downstream.

Psa 61:2  From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 
Psa 61:3  For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

There is snow  on the mountains and high water. The dam is almost full and releasing water. Two years ago the officials were saying that the drought would take many years and water was rationed with plans to conserve water. The Lord gave us plenty of water last year and a record amount this year. He heard the prayers of his children.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Morning Thaw

 It is after the morning Prayer breakfast that I was able to visit the park again. The trees are stark having lost their leaves. The sun felt good on my back as I walked.

It is unusual to see a Blue Heron like this on a manmade structure. It was upon the rail of the fishing dock thawing it's feathers  in the morning sun.

His feathers are ornate, reminding me of of a nineteenth century fashionable ladies hat, God designed him to be eloquent and reclusive. He is usually stomping or wading in the marsh looking for food. He normally would fly away as I approach. He did fly away with a sqwaaack, when I turned away from him. 

A close up of his one leg shows his talons grasping the pole. He is like the geese and ducks who sleep on one leg and with their head under a wing. Is this what is meant by the expression "get a grip"?

Rom 12:9  Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

No head under wing here. This is Randy preening himself. He has been here with a broken wing since 2011. He is the only goose at the park on this winter day.

1Pe 3:3  Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—
1Pe 3:4  but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. 

Pond reflections make a kaleidoscope design. The mirror image stimulates my imagination. Imagine that? It doesn't take much to entertain me when I am out in God's creation.

Jas 1:23  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 
Jas 1:24  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 
Jas 1:25  But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 

The ground was slippery in spots so I watched as I walked. These leaves were in the path, they looked interesting. Looking closer I see the shape of an eagles head. Eaglewings Ministries will celebrate 18 years on aol this December 31. It has been a wonderful walk with the Lord.

Exo 19:4  You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself. 
Exo 19:5  Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 
Exo 19:6  and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel." 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fall has fallen

As I walk with camera, some things catch my eye; the way the water drops collect on this leaf that was in my truck bed. Fallen by chance showing off in a bed of water. Could an artist recreate such beauty? The LORD makes beautiful things out of anything that he makes.

Pro 31:30  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

A sycamore leaf has fallen on a prickly cactus. As a child I would touch the underside of Magnolia leaves, for some were soft to the touch. Poison oak leaves are not to be touched. Herbs are for smelling, eating and making tea. Some leaves are smoked, some are to make one dopey. Leave it alone, be wise.

Php 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 

A swirl of leaves as caught in a whirlwind. (aided by photoshop)  How the leaves dance in the wind. A good wind will bring leaves from many trees into my yard.

Pro 10:25  As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

Golden Chrysanthemums bloom in the fall, Such beauty, as a last colorful spectacle before winter's barren plants. Some of us are late bloomers. Some were not saved until later in life. Regardless, we are to bloom as the Lord's New Creations. Give God the glory with your life.

1Ch 29:11  Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Noon day walk

It is always special to me to be able to get away for a walk, even if it is bright noon. Autumn has not yet departed as one tree is in full glory celebrating the season. It is the day after the election of a new president. The nation has been divided and needs to be one nation again, under God. We were a great nation because God is great. May we honor God in our freedoms and celebrate what he has given to us. We have life in Him so let's use what time we have left to honor Him by reaching out to others and exalting the Lord.

John 9:4  I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 
John 9:5  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 

A closer look at the beautiful leaves. A closer look is what we all need to do; look closer to Jesus and read the Bible. We are not to argue how things were made by him or how we were chosen in him from the beginning of time. These are not excuses for not telling others the way to salvation and peace. We are commanded to witness for him.

Rom 10:13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 
Rom 10:14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 
Rom 10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 
Rom 10:16  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 
Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

Two tiny leaves for an aged tree shine as banners of God's glory. 

 Mine eyes have seen the glory 
of the coming of the Lord; 
he is trampling out the vintage 
where the grapes of wrath are stored; 
he hath loosed the fateful lightning 
of his terrible swift sword; 
his truth is marching on. 
Glory, glory, hallelujah! 
Glory, glory, hallelujah! 
Glory, glory, hallelujah! 
His truth is marching on.

A close view of the underside of a wild grape leaf. The life is in the veins of the leaf as life flows through our blood veins. We are wonderfully made to have fellowship with our creator. He knows our outward self and are "undersides" as well. The Lord searches our hearts and sees our ways.

1Jn 1:3  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 
1Jn 1:4  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 

A small dog rests in her master's lap as two friends ride their horses together at the park. There are times when we must trust and know that we too are secure in the arms of our Lord.

Isa 51:4  Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. 
Isa 51:5  My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. 
Isa 51:6  Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. 
Isa 51:7  Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. 

A fallen leaf finds it's resting place in a still pond. We rest as sheep by the still waters.and yet out of our innermost being flows living waters. Let the Spirit flow out to bless others as you are at peace with your God.

Psa 23:1  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
Psa 23:2  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 
Psa 23:3  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 
Psa 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 
Psa 23:5  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 
Psa 23:6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Getting Past Halloween

Autumn has come with it's colorful leaves. Many of my friends are in the autumn of life, but still going, for the life in them is everlasting and our hope in Jesus is sure.

Some people go all out to celebrate Halloween. I think that many of these have fond childhood memories of make believe, dressing up and bags of free candy. Why be afraid of Halloween spirits?  See? ghosts are smiling friendly Caspers. It is fun to not be afraid of bad things...I remember my friend's mom when I was a youngster. She loved life and was always doing fun things, like popping colored popcorn. Haloween to many has a wonder, like the wizard of Oz. Just a make believe kind of world with a friendly old man behind the curtain. We know there is also a dark side to Halloween and I am glad that it is past.

Fall is leaves that fall, everywhere, like confetti at a parade of heroes. To walk among the leaves makes us feel like heroes, special to be alive at this time.

I almost walked past this Rosemary shrub. I have one at home, but it never has bloomed like this one. The dime sized blooms are quite lovely. Thank you Lord.

The first pecans are beginning to drop. I expect a good crop this year from our giant pecan tree.

Is it time to pick persimmons already?
 Yes, the tree is full and one was ripened on the tree. The birds eat the soft ripe ones. Seems like everyone has persimmons this time of the year. It is a fruit that you love or hate; their is no inbetween it seems. They can be dried in slices or the juicy slimy pulp eaten for breakfast. It has a sweet flavor and they make excellent cookies.

Halloween is past and soon Autumn will be past. Another hurdle to jump is the presidential election. Pray and look to Jesus. Stems in the corner of this picture form a cross. We will cross election day and in Jesus we will make it through the finish line. Life is good so we look at the good things, making a difference and touching lives.