Fog on the Blog

Fog 1

Fog 1

Sharon took some neat fog pictures around the house and we thought we should put the fog on the blog.

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Those are cotton modules in the just harvested cotton field across the road. As you see, they are huge (like a tractor trailer) compared to what you see of the old cotton bales of years ago.

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So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:6-11 ESV

The Sign (and Power) of the Cross

The Cross

The Cross (Photo credit: Pix from the Field)

I saw the small cross on the side of the road ahead and my heart sank as I thought “oh no, not someone else”. It looked like one of those crosses that families and friends place in memory of someone who died in a car accident. I seem to notice them more as I get older. I don’t know if there are actually more crosses or just more knowledge that comes with age. And, we have had several such accidents in our community and wider church family lately.

As I neared the cross, I could see it had writing on it. I figured it was the person’s name, and reading that would take my heart a little lower. In the area I was riding, I probably wouldn’t know who they were, but putting an actual name in mind would make it more real.

I drew close enough to see the writing and considered turning my eyes to miss the name. But, something drew me to look directly at it, and I read the words: “HE IS RISEN!” Rather than a reminder of death, it was an Easter sign proclaiming life! Tears came to my eyes, my heart soared and I spoke aloud that “Yes, He is, thank you Lord!”

I was amazed— a moment before, I was sinking at the thought of the effects of sin in this world. The grief and pain it causes. Then, those three words turned it all around. Christ did die, but it was no accident. He gave His life for us.

Christ turned it all around. Our grief is now for a moment, but we will be with Him forever. As the lyrics of “The Power of the Cross”* proclaim—”death is crushed to death”. Yes, it is, for HE IS RISEN!

And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” Mark 16:5-6 ESV

*Stewart Townend, Keith Getty

Do You Look Like Just Another Board in the Fence?

New Boards in the Fence Standout

New Boards in the Fence Standout

Do you stand out like a new creation?

A few weeks ago I headed out to a jobsite and went by the Meldrim Sisters’ Farm. The sisters are no longer living but their legacy lives on  because the house and land are still referred to as their home. You can see the old house in the photo

What caught my eye were the repairs/replacements being made on the fence – how the new boards stand out against the old. If you observe closely or just catch them in the corner of your eye, you notice they’re different. They shine brighter. They show a definite contrast to those boards around them.

Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:17 came to mind: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” NKJV

If we are in Christ, as Paul says, we should stand out from the rest of the world. Not because we’re smart or flashy or ambitious, but because we are a new creation – God has taken our heart of stone and given us a heart of flesh. A heart that shines out the love of God to others – a heart that wants to be more like Jesus – a heart that doesn’t want to live and look like all the other “boards” in the fence.

Confused Peach Tree? – Praise the Lord!

Confused January Peach Tree

Confused January Peach Tree

I’ve seen quite a few blog posts about this winter’s weird weather – I agree it’s been weird around here. The picture was our peach tree back in January. The weather was warm enough, long enough, to get it confused. One problem is it started blooming before I had time to prune it. So, now it will get extra big this summer.

I decided not to prune it while blooming – maybe there will be a few peaches. We’ll have to wait and see.

But, the blooms were pretty, as usual, and did foretell the coming of Spring. As several folks have said – time to start thinking of gardening time. As with everything, God had perfect wisdom in creating the seasons. It is always wonderful to start seeing the hints of new life coming with the approach of Spring. It reminds us that the Lord is always there, always with us, always watching over things, and always working for His glory and our good.

Praise the Lord for Spring and the hope that God gives us.

Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD! Psalms 117 ESV

Learning in Life – Watch Where Your Shadow Falls

Shadow on the Shot

It would have been a lovely photo of Black-eyed Susans in our backyard. But, I wasn’t thinking or noticing where my shadow fell.

One point in my personal mission statement is “Pay Attention”. Obviously I wasn’t doing that with this shot. Sometimes when we don’t pay attention we can let our shadow fall on others – a sharp word or a bit of ignoring – darken their world or at least rub some of the brightness off.

Let’s picture the photo above without the shadow and take it with us as we pay attention.

“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 12:3 ESV

Blessings from God – Plumbago

Plumbago

Plumbago

Sharon likes blue, and thankfully we had a good year for plumbago. We haven’t had success in the past. One year they just rotted away. Another year they froze (we actually had several weeks of cold in a row.)

Back Bed with Plumbago

Back Bed with Plumbago

But, this year, this bush looked good with others in the back bed. Success after several tries.

More blessings from God!

Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” Psalms 96:1-3 ESV