Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Life in Focus

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This little one inch butterfly was quite active.  I think it is some kind of Checker butterfly. It was one of the things that I saw in my afternoon walk at the park. I had to use a long focus lens as you could not approach him. Do we flutter through life aimlessly? The butterfly has instincts?  We have the LORD.

Psa 37:23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. 
Psa 37:24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. 


Grape vines are always reaching out to grasp hold of something as the plant continues to grow.  It is a reminder that life continuously is for growth and reaching out to share the good things.

Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 
Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 
Php 3:15  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.


The clouds were reflected as I looked down on the pond. I see the glory of God's creation and am reminded that my spirit is risen with Christ and those who are in him are in heavenly places with him.

Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 
Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 
Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 
Eph 2:7  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 
Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast. 
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 


I was focusing on the reflection in the pond when something stirred up the water. I see two things from this illustration. Often when we try to focus in prayer, there is a distraction; it may be from God so pay attention.

This also reminds me of the lame man waiting by the pool for an angel to stir the water for healing as found in the gospel of John.

oh 5:2  Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 
Joh 5:3  In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 
Joh 5:4  For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 
Joh 5:5  And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 
Joh 5:6  When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 
Joh 5:7  The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 
Joh 5:8  Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 
Joh 5:9  And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. 


Along the trail was a young tree with big leaves.

Rev 22:1  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 
Rev 22:2  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 
Rev 22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 
Rev 22:4  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 
Rev 22:5  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. 

Because of the blood of Jesus we may live forever with them.



Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Primrose Duck

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A hybrid duck was with four others preening her feathers as I walked Tuesday morning.


That duck has some fancy feathers. The wing reminds me of a classic 1930's car grill.

Psa 36:7  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. 


The evening Primrose shines bright in the morning sun. Back lighting or light from behind illumines the bush. A friend had a dream where the Lord said to him "I have your back."  The presence of the Spirit of God in us and around us helps us to shine for him.

John 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 


All life in the world has an end. This wild grape vine has been cut off from the vine.

John 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 



These small flowers were blooming in tne shadows close to the ground.

These are as the unseen spritual gifts that work without the spotlight and the praise of people.

1Co 12:20  But now are they many members, yet but one body. 
1Co 12:21  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 
1Co 12:22  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 
1Co 12:23  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 
1Co 12:24  For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 
1Co 12:25  That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 



The end of a cycle has with it the seeds for a new beginning.

Mat 13:23  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Familiar Things


It has been some time since I have walked the park trail. In the afternoon hot sun I brought a camera, not yet using a walker.  With camera I see more things, familiar things like the Marsh Marigold. These cover much of the ponds, thriving in the summer sun.


  There were a few blooms left on the Button Willow plant that looks like a miniature pin cushion.


The Mullein plant was translucent in the sun and fuzzy to the touch. An extract from the leafs are used to supposedly improve  the lungs. "This product is one of nature's most underrated herbs and I highly recommend it for any lung or bronchial issues one may have. It opens up the lungs to allow better air flow into the lungs." Says one user of this herb.


A big oak tree remains fallen near the trail. I recall seeing this one last year. It reminds me of it's  fallen glory, such as a nation that once was stromg but turned from God   


One reason for not walking in the park trails was that the river had overflowed and washed away the asphalt trail. A chain link fence is up to discourage bicycles. You can walk around them, but the trail is covered in rocks.

1Peter 2:3  If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 
1Peter 2:4  To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 
1Peter 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 


I made a trip to see Shasta Dam on my way to another destination. The water level looks pretty good. The rainy season will be coming soon.  It is hard to know how much water to release.

John 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 
John 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

IN THE MIDST OF THE MIST

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In the late afternoon the fog came ashore blotting out the length of the pier. 
The fog reminded me of a Bible passage concerning our plans and God's plans for us.

Jas 4:13  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 
Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 
Jas 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.


We sometimes walk with our head in the clouds. 
We may make plans for this life, but we should always seek direction from the LORD.


The incoming water looks like a bird with wings spread out. An eagle? 
Or is it the moving of the Holy Spirit over the waters, as in Genesis?

Gen 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 
Gen 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 


The Crescent City lighthouse is the guiding light on the rock. 
Jesus is my lighthouse. He is the light and the rock and strength of my life. 

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 
Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 
Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 


Friday, August 17, 2018

Eden

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Two small dogs are enjoying the view of the ocean.


Best friends watch in fascination  at this paradise by the sea.

Pro 18:24  A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. 


Yes, just 160 miles across the mountains is an Eden like paradise, where the temperature is mild and the air full of mist . An ideal place for giant Redwoods and for flowers of all kinds.

Gen 2:8  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 


To me, what makes this place as Eden is the perfect growing climate for flowers. They need little care and just bloom and bloom as they were meant to do.


Here, the Dahlia's grow very big, with little effort. At home the heat wilts most plants, they just have to struggle. 


Another Dahlia so full of design and beauty. 


My daughter that I love very much, pauses on the new Eureka Pier. One goal was to find this pier for free fishing. Another goal we met was to shop in the book stores. New places, new pleasures by the sea. We had a wonderful overnight stay at the Pacific North West. 

Psa 16:11  Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. 


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Are You Watching Me ?

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The same baby ducks that were so frightened of me now gently keep there distance. They know I am watching but they feel safe now.

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.


An Osprey in her nest above the flood lights. So much for the notion that birds need old growth forests to survive. Managed forests are less likely to be destroyed by fire.

Gen 2:15  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 


A young Doe pauses to get a look . Posing for a "selfie?"

Psa 42:1  ... As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. 


The white duck has replaced the two Mexican ducks. The wild Mallards are happy enough. The one in the center has a glow to her countenance.

Song 2:14  O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Fear Not

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As I approached the river at the park a Goldfinch flies on a branch nearby.


Suddenly, a flock of baby ducks splash forward with great fear fleeing the danger of my presence. Fear is instinctive to them for there are predators above and from below.

Gen 9:1  And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 
Gen 9:2  And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. 


They were a great distance away when the mother duck joins them and they were feeling safe gathered next to her. Young ones need the protection of a mother and a father.

Psa 131:2  Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. 
Psa 131:3  Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever. 


A little further near a pond a flycatcher lands on a twig oblivious to me but intent on catching a meal.

Pro 13:4  The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. 


A broken reed in the pond brought to mind Bible verses about reeds.

2Ki 18:21  Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him. 

Isa 42:1  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 
Isa 42:2  He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 
Isa 42:3  A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 

We are to fear God and not man. Jesus loves us.


A Blue Heron alights in the shade. A friend showed me pictures that he has taken of birds landing that were magnificent. God's creation is so amazing.

Psa 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 
Psa 91:5  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 
Psa 91:6  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 
Psa 91:7  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 


Little pink flowers, (Pinks?)
 They are lovely and a bit out of focus. Fear may cause us to lose focus, but we are to look to Jesus who has given to us abundant life.

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 
Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.