Farming

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‭‭Psalms‬ ‭104:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Farming

Agriculture is a major industry in the United States. Having grown up on a family farm, I appreciate all the labor and “luck” that goes into the production of food crops. Many of us take for granted that the grocers will have an abundance of food whenever we desire it. Over the years, the number of small farms have decreased, particularly in my region of the country. We rely primarily upon the large farms for our food production. Our technology and innovation have allowed this transition to mass production; but lest we forget, God has blessed us with the necessary conditions for crops to flourish.

Seven

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‭‭Joshua‬ ‭6:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The number seven is the number of spiritual perfection in the Bible, as it is stamped on every work of God. Even without reading the Bible, we find that each week has seven days, seven notes define all music, seven colors appear in a rainbow, and seven periods are in the periodic table of chemistry. The most popular number in our world is seven. To me, seven is another way of God speaking to us in a unique way that lets us know He is in control and watching over us.

Odd

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‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Odd

Being odd can be the best possibility when you are in step with The Spirit.  Often people are bullied and chastised for being different, even when they are doing the right thing.  Seeing the painting of the platypus (http://www.sincerelysarahstudios.comreminded me how beautiful oddity can be.  We need to encourage others to be who God has made them to be, even if that seems odd.  Trying to be different to please others or because of societal pressures is not an excuse to be odd however.

Saint Valentine’s Day

8B4231FD-7F8A-49CB-9CF8-D56504C12AEB“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Valentine’s Day is celebrated annually on February 14.  Saint Valentine was either a priest or a bishop in the Roman Empire who ministered to persecuted Christians.  He was martyred and buried on February 14, 269.  His TRUE sacrificial love has left a legacy—Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romantic love in many regions around the world.

Natural Beauty

93B32937-C373-424F-B184-9484AB9EB608“You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.”
‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭19:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Natural Beauty

Our society advocates for external appearance and outward signs of whatever happens to be in style. While I believe we should all look and act our best, it seems we have become too obsessed with image and not appreciative of natural beauty. Surrounding us is a naturally beautiful world full of awesome natural miracles. When we pause to enjoy this natural beauty, we begin to see the world a little more clearly and accept the beauty that abounds throughout God’s creation. And it will help us view beauty from a deeper perspective.

Prince Bowie

B9828348-F3EC-45B0-B64F-06D2668E9BA6Last night, I attended a company’s anniversary party where a band played music from the 80’s. The music brought back wonderful memories of my young adult life. It also reminded me of my daughter’s Golden Doodle, Prince Bowie, featured in this painting and named after two great musicians who performed many great music hits in the 1980’s and died the year her dog was born. Creative people definitely make our world more beautiful.

Our Good Shepherd

00D1D763-EC8D-4DB0-AF7D-64DC7B9A3D25“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Our Good Shepherd

King David knew that God is good in every sense of the word, and the Biblical “good” is a far stronger word than our present culture acknowledges. Today, good seems insufficient compared to more embellishing words that we commonly use, so casually.
Our Good Shepherd watches over us, always to our benefit, even when we don’t understand His master plan. We just need to trust and obey. The evil one always tries hard to deceive us and confuse us with worldly lies. What a joy it is to know that Our Good Shepherd is always with us because He is good and merciful and wants us in His Kingdom forever.