Posts tagged blessings

Toss the water, but keep the baby

We live on a beautiful planet.  As some scientist search to find life beyond our earth, I am overwhelmed often with the beauty God gave us right here.  Today I was taken anew with the beauty of the Wasatch Mountains that edge my eastern view.  While the beaches of my youth in Southern California are lovely, my heart always used to ache to see the Sierra Nevada range that we vacationed in when I was a child.  Now I revel in seeing the immense mountains that rise straight up from the valley with their rugged granite peaks and the lush green of the aspen and pines and I love being able to take a short drive and be in them.  Oh, I feel so blessed. 

God has directed in His scriptures to be stewards of the earth.  Yet, in the argument over capitalism verses communism and right verses left, many conservatives devalued the entire liberal platform, including the environment.  I know I have, and I grew up loving Jacques Cousteau and all of nature.  When I changed from a democrat to a republican because I couldn’t go along with many platform issues, I blithely started ignoring the reality of what many business practices were doing to the environment.  I had tossed out many things of value with that bathwater. 

But God is faithful to turn us back to His plan, which includes Genesis 2:15: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” 

In recent years many are now giving more attention to being faithful stewards of this wonderful planet we call home.   People from many churches and religious organizations including Southern Baptists, Wesleyans, Foursquare, National Association of Evangelicals, and World Vision are taking a stand. See  

There is lots of debate on this as a quick Google on the subject shows.  Jeff and I have decided that, for us, serving the Lord includes wisely caring for this planet we call Earth.


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Apricot Encouragement

Being  jobless is hard on most people but, I think, especially for a husband and father.  A few days ago I started my day doing my best to encourage my man.  His faith in God is strong, yet the financial pressures were pressing in.  Just as we were ending our prayers, his phone rang.  Some new friends called and asked if they could bring dinner over.  Phone hug.  Later, my mom, who was over for the day, came with me to my chiropractor.  When I went to pay, I found out she had taken care of it.  Then, leaving the doctor’s office, I did a u-turn on a side street.  As I was turning, my mother read a small sign, “Free apricots, u-pick.”  So we did.  The tree was old and huge.  The apricots covered the bending branches in clusters more than twelve inches long.  The full bag of apricots spoke of God’s provision. 

We returned the next day with our children.  As we picked we dreamed of  a farm with fruit orchards of our own.  Though we left with several bags full, the old tree looked much as it did when we came; so much was its bounty.  After hours of washing, pitting and stewing, my freezer is loaded with measured bags of goodness waiting to be baked into crisps, bread and pies.  We truly have a Father who will not let his children go hungry.

Acts 14:16-18 (New International Version)

16In the past, he let all nations go their own way. 17Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

Deuteronomy 6:10-12 (New International Version)

 10 When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery

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