Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hide Away

And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.
 Exodus 34:29

It's blackberry picking time here in the mountains and my 18 month old granddaughter LOVES blackberries. Her dad calls her his little Brer Rabbit. While picking berries, Fern found a tunnel underneath the arches of blackberry canes. She quietly crawled under to sit and eat her fill of the purple delicacies. When her dad found her, her face was a purple smile. She hadn't even noticed the long scratch the briers had made on her arm. 

Do you have a favorite place to hide away from the world and be alone with God? Are you able to forget the wounds the world has scratched on your soul? Can others see the joy on your face from spending time with God? 

Hey Kids:

Moses spent time with God. 
God used him to not only lead the children of Israel out of Egypt but give them the Ten Commandments. He went up on Mt. Sinai for 40 days to listen to God's instructions. When he came down his face shown. The people knew he had been with God. His face shown so much, they wanted him to veil his face to protect them from the brightness. 

Do you have a special place where you can get alone with God? 
How has time alone with God changed you?
Can others tell by the smile on your face?
If you haven't found that special place yet, might I suggest a special tree limb or under an arbor? Some folks use a boulder out along a path as their place to sit and pray. What about a sand dune or just tucked away in a cozy corner of your room. 

Wherever you hide away, make a habit of visiting often with God.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

In a Garden

And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Genesis 1:29 (NKJV)

What's your favorite fruit or veggie? What herbs do you enjoy?
Have you ever wondered what it was like for Adam and Eve to walk through the Garden of Eden picking anything they wanted to eat and eat to the full?

I love everything there is about a garden; the beauty of the blossoms, the sweetness of the fruits, the difference in the taste of homegrown tomatoes or anything homegrown for that matter. The quiet stillness, the smell of damp soil, the buzz of bees, the light touch of butterflies, it all speaks peace and joy and contentment.

Can you imagine God planting a garden, heaping the soil with His own hands, planting every herb and seed bearing plant all for Adam and Eve and us to enjoy? It's amazing how He sequenced the ripening of each plant. Just as I begin to tire of eating one food, another ripens and the excitement begins again.

Here in SC spring awakens peach and apple blossoms first. The smell is pure heaven! Then come the wild greens, poke salad and ramps.  As the strawberries turn red, the morels push their way up through moist forest earth. Then wild blackberries and wineberries ripen, followed by the blueberries. Tired of berries? The green beans begin to come in with a few figs. Onions are rounding up along with the cabbages followed by tomatoes, corn and okra, peaches and new potatoes. The fall will bring watermelons, pumpkins and apples. Just as the leaves begin to turn, there's the rain of hickory nuts, walnuts and pecans. After the feast of Thanksgiving, God quietly blankets our gardens with snow, giving rest to the soil and to me.

That quiet stroll through my garden at any season opens my heart to thankfulness and the voice of God reminding me of His goodness, His sovereignty, His provision. Just as He did with Adam and Eve, He reminds me to evaluate where I am and of my relationship with Him. Sometimes I find myself close and sometimes I find myself trying to hide among the leaves, but He continually stands ready to forgive and renew that relationship, just as He continually renews the garden with a new sweetness and joy.

Hey Kids:

What's happening in your garden?
Where is your quiet place to hear God's voice?
If you don't have a garden, a few recycled containers or a kiddie pool will work.
No seeds? It's not too late to plant a fall garden.
Leave a comment and I'll let you know how to contact me for a few free bean and watermelon seeds.

I hear a summer storm rumbling in the distance. Thank you Lord for every provision; the sun, the seeds, and the rain. Most of all thank you for providing Your Son for the forgiveness of my sin. In Jesus name. Amen.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Campfires and Stargazing

“Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,

Or loose the belt of Orion?
Can you bring out Mazzaroth (constellations) in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
Job 38:31,32
Did you know there is an app for that? I love sitting around a campfire and stargazing. My favorite sight is looking from Cades Cove, TN back toward NC. On a clear night the Milky Way is visible.

Sunday, June 25, 2017