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Rain

     “This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.” Genesis 2:4-6 “Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the …

God’s World

      “Thou dost visit the earth, and cause it to overflow; Thou dost greatly enrich it; The stream of God is full of water; Thou dost prepare their grain, for thus Thou dost prepare the earth.” Psalm 65:9 God just laid down how our earth is prepared to provide.   Tanya Jackson  

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Praising God as Creator

Psalm 104:24 ” How countless are your works, Lord! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” (CSB) Compare the black and white view from the photographer’s camera with the artist’s painting of the same Colorado mountain stream. What a difference! Beautiful!  But neither compares to the work of the Master Artist – God, the Creator.     What a difference! Beautiful!  But neither compares to the work of the Master Artist – God, the Creator. Through the experiences of a shepherd boy and gifted psalmist, we praise the Creator for His workmanship.  How …

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The God of Details

I love the beach. It is my happy place. The smell of the salt water, the steady pounding of the surf, even the prickles from the sand, are a pleasure to me.  I, who am not in great physical shape, can walk for hours at the beach. It is like a treasure hunt. First looking out into the ocean, hoping to see a dolphin, then in the air, maybe a brown pelican will cruise by, but it is the shells on the shoreline that are the most captivating. I walk a little then stop and sift through the sand, so …

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One Kind of Splendor

    It is a glorious day. The sun is shining. The air has just a hint of cold, which is great for us Southerners who have been praying for cooler weather, but didn’t really mean it!  I have gone to a park that is full of different gardens, and they are spectacular. However, I know the names of very few different trees or flowers. There are beds of pansies and tulips. The pansies like tiny little faces smiling in bright and happy color. Tulips in red and yellow, standing tall and reaching for the sun. Roses of many different …

The Creation Prompts Praise To The Creator

      “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Psalm 8:1 The life of a shepherd was a lonely one. David, the author of Psalm 8, spent a good portion of his younger years in nature and isolation. No street lights, no cities or buildings, and no human beings also meant no distractions … plenty of time to think and ponder. As David looked to the heavens and beheld creation, he was prompted to worship the Creator. The vastness and beauty of God’s creation led to astonishment that the Creator both thought about David and …

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What Shall We Say

Romans 8: 37-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  shall trouble, hardship,persecution,or nakedness, danger, famine, or sword..No, in all these things  we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us: for I am convinced neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present or future…nor height or depth, nor anything in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” What then shall we say in response to the above? I really believe COVID-19 is a wake-up call, and pray that it is not too late …

A Work of Beauty

  It is amazing how a skilled sculptor can take a lump of lifeless ugly clay and form it into something of stunning beauty. Having tried this myself, taking clay into my hands, kneading it like bread dough, throwing it onto a wheel and forming it into a beautiful work of art or even an object of usefulness, this particular skill most certainly eludes me.  I have no talent when it comes to this form of art. My sister, on the other hand, shapes the clay with her hands, imagines what it will become and gently shapes and molds the …

Worshipping God by Walking Green

  The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2: 15 One of mankind’s first assignments was to care for the creation. Stewardship of the earth is not a political issue, but a Biblical call.  Christians should lead the charge to actively and purposefully demonstrate conservation of our earth’s resources—being careful to proclaim that we worship the Creator and not the creation. The call to recycle is heard by every generation. Modern-day school children recognize the green triangle and the words Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  …

Faith and Creation

Day 3 Though the world was created many eons ago and I was not present, I read the account of God’s creation in my Bible and by faith accept it as truth. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 The account is too extensive to list all the scripture, but we can read about it in Genesis chapter one and two. First, it is essential to believe God exists, but that is no problem for me. It is amazing that God took a bid blog of nothing and fashioned a beautiful world. Even while sitting at my desk and …

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Fall Devotions

      Day 2 Fall – to lose the old, to have its proper place.  This is just part of the many definitions of what the dictionary says “fall” is.   What is crazy is that the dictionary is talking about fall like ‘I fell down’, not fall like ‘the season’ and yet how appropriate the definition is. I love fall!!  The color change, the weather change, the smell change…..its about change.  But to change means that something must go. As I sit here looking out the window with massive trees all around my back yard, I see it happening …

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Fall Devotions

    Day 1 There are so many things about fall that bring me joy.  Driving through the mountainside, camping with my family, late nights by the fire making smores with the kids.  Fall reminds me how small I am in the big picture of life and yet how important I am to God. With the fall season comes things that bring such great comfort. I grew up in the hills of West Virginia…..I think besides Arkansas, where I reside now, there is no greater beauty!  As a young girl I lived right next door to my grandparents.  This was …