Monday, April 25, 2011

As Water To The Thirsty

Water...  God mentions it in the Bible many times.  It's usually associated with satisfying thirst and giving life.  Like in this verse:

"...And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely." Revelation 22:17

And This verse:

"...I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." Revelation 21:"

The Bible says we only need to have one drink of God's water and you will never be thirsty again.

Want a drink?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

God's Glory on the Hills

I stepped out the door into the snowy world surrounding me.  I looked at the hills and was amazed to see the beautiful light on the snow.  It was like all of God's glory was resting on the hills surrounding me. 

It was stunningly beautiful.  It made me think.  "If this sunrise is beautiful, what will the glory of Heaven look like?"  It seemed to me like a snapshot of God's glory, but greatly dimmed.  God promises to write His glory (character) in our hearts.  Will we let Him?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Press On!

The red rocks of Utah cast huge shadows in the evening light.  We were climbing to Delicate Arch. When we were almost there we came upon a part of the trail where there was a small rock ledge about three feet in width.  The drop off was at least two hundred feet, the sheer cliff of equal distance.

  At this time I was not feeling quite well.  I was about to give up and turn back, when we rounded a bend, and there it was in all its glory.  It was so many times better than all the pictures.  We are hiking up the narrow path of life.  It is very often that we feel discouraged, like turning around, or just sitting down where we are.  But we should not give up, for we have been given a promise:  Glory is just around the bend!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Walk in the Woods

The morning I went to the tide pools I got up and went for a walk in the woods.  While I was there I saw many beautiful flowers.

Some mushrooms caught my eye, they were growing on a rotten log.

They were so white and pretty.  They reminded me of how God wants to make me white and unblemished.

The mushrooms did not complain about where they were planted, even though it was a rotting log.   On the way back I walked on the beach.  As I looked around me, I spotted some dirt on the beach.

The surf came in, and washed it all away.  This is like what happens when God washes away our sins.  They are there, and then they are gone 

Do we complain about where we are planted? Or do we let God wash our complaints away before they are even formed?

Daffodils - Like Glowing Suns

Just after I went to the tidepools, we decided to go see the daffodil fields, enjoy their fires of yellow, sitting in oceans of green. 

When I got there I was greatly surprised, for they were not just fires of yellow,

 they were suns of yellow, and so big! 

 We went to see the tulip fields, but only one tulip was blooming.

Still, the buds were interesting.  On the way back I thought "Why aren't the tulips blooming when the tulip festival is half over?  I think it's about time." 

And I thought to myself that the first thing everyone was praying for was the sun, to make the tulips bloom, but their prayers were not answered (at least while I was there.) 

But maybe they needed to go back to look at the promise of the sun in the daffodil's glowing golden petals.

Can you see God's glowing promises in your life today?


Monday, April 11, 2011

My Day at the Tidepools

A few days ago we went to the beach to visit the tide pools.  It was lots of fun!

I saw some green, red, black, and yellow eels. They were slippery and fun.

 I saw hundreds and thousands of sea anemones.

 I even saw a Christmas Tree Anemone that was about a foot tall, but most of them were about ¼ of an inch tall. I saw and held many different kinds of sculpins. Some were quite pretty, and others weren't so much, but all were cute.
We saw three different kinds of nudibranchs, but the only species I know the name of was the Sea Lemon. We also saw lots of sea cucumbers. A lot of kelp was strewn about the rocks.  A giant purple sea star, about a foot in diameter, was stuck to one of the rocks.

 We saw many different types of crabs, including decorator crabs, porcelain crabs, green shore crabs, and red rock crabs. We saw many different kinds of chitons, but I don't know their names. We saw lots of snails,  including some bright orange snail eggs.

 Another interesting thing we saw was a little grey starfish protecting her eggs from any passerby.

 On the way back we saw a little cave in the rocks,and climbed about a hundred yards up to see it.  It was very damp and drippy inside.  I saw a few star fish inside.

After we went to the cave, we noticed the tide was coming in fast.

 We made it out just in time.