It’s 4:13 PM. The wind is calm. Calm would describe the wind speed since sunrise. Today has been still. A calm day does something positive to the human spirit. A tranquil sunshine filled day produces optimism. There is a sense that everything is right at least in your part of the world. Happiness is [...]
This Morning in Aurdal Township I saw wonder in blue. It perched to view the world safely from a high wire. Not alone, it was with a group of Bluebirds gathering to migrate. This one may winter in southern Texas. What will those bluebird eyes see? I saw gold beauty this morning in Aurdal Township. [...]
When fire burns in your life, expect God to be at work purifying your life for His purposes.
This week is unlike any other in my memory. It seems the world is falling apart. Appalling human behavior produces fear in our hearts, the world as we know it, appears in shambles. Though difficult to acknowledge, evil activities are daily occurrences in our world. We search for something to give us hope. In times [...]
Has your day been hectic? Did you try multi-tasking? How did that go? Does hurtling through your day work well? Our culture promotes a go all the time lifestyle. Does it really work? In 1938 Fredric Wisloff, a pastor, wrote these words, “quietness is strength, hustle and bustle are weakness.” Opposite of what the [...]
Cathedrals When people build cathedrals they use stone, brick, and steel. Some take a long time to build, even decades. When finished, they are beautiful. When God builds a cathedral he uses his word. It happens now. He speaks it into existence. When finished it is magnificent in every detail.
And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. Genesis 1:5 Evening... And there was evening and there was morning as God created 5 more days. (See Genesis 1:31) Evening and morning…humans have received them each day since those first 6 days. We received them again today: evening and morning. Morning...
Is it possible to learn something from the dew? Consider with me three things about dew. First the teaching. “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” Deuteronomy 32:2 This morning, after three days of clouds and off and on [...]
My thoughts have wandered often to trees today. My mind plays over and over two things significant about trees and human life. All day, to this moment my breaths have been regular. Each breath brings life-sustaining oxygen to my lungs. You’ve been doing that too. The tree in the photo is almost ready to shed [...]
Imagine this earth without trees. No trees on any continent, any island, any place on earth. Possible? Perhaps, but would you be willing to do without all of the things that make life easier because there are trees on earth? We humans are tree dependent. Trees provide shelter, cook our meals, provide us with nutrition [...]
Recently we spent 24 hours in another world; a world apart. No space travel was needed, a rocket is not in the budget. It was not a dream, rather complete reality. We were on earth just a few miles from our home. But we were in another world. This world is magnificent in fall. Thousands [...]
Beauty Conceivably exquisite, gorgeous, magnificent, often breath-taking, Occurs every season with ordered, expectable, consistency; Appears in the form of surprises. Genuine food for the soul, daily doses always accessible. The eternal kind constantly found in nature, Authored by God alone.
This is about power. This is about persistence. Tenacity describes our topic. Doggedness works too. This is about power in an insect. A persistent, tenacious, single-minded insect. It is an insect with a bite you will not forget. We fear spiders. This insect can bite repeatedly. The life goal of this insect is to reproduce [...]
Arachnophobia, it is real. Fear of spiders is widespread. Are you afraid of spiders? Perhaps it is a good idea. People say they bite humans. In an interview of 118 undergraduate students in London, 75% of them feared spiders. A long-standing spider perception is they are creepy. Their multiple long legs and their unusual appearance [...]
Think about something you cannot do without. Since guessing games are not my favorite thing, let’s skip my list of things you thought of and get to the point. Did you think of light? We can’t live without it. An eclipse of the sun may grant us more understanding of the life-sustaining importance of light. [...]
You desperately need help, but that is my condition too. We are both desperate. It does no good to attempt to help yourself. We are both too weak. Our weakness is physical and spiritual. This leaves no room for do it yourself action. We need help to live our lives. Help in making decisions. Help [...]
Join me in the thinking game. It’s my turn, think with me about truth. There is freedom in truth, the best and most enduring kind. Throughout the entire history of humans, truth has always been the ultimate solution to life for every person in the past and today. There is joy in truth. There is [...]
We have 6 senses. Most of us believe we have 5. For adults, the 6th sense is greatly unused. Many children are drastically more skilled with the human 6th sense. Children are less inhibited by life experiences. They can see the wonder in the world we live in. The human 6th sense is a sense [...]
I spent 30 minutes in another world today. The world was in my backyard. Since it was in my backyard, this world contained earth residents. Once in this world, my feet never moved. Here my eyes found the Cup Plant ( Silphium perfoliatum) Most were over 10 feet tall with deep green leaves and brilliant [...]
Suddenly there were thousands of them. It was, in biologists’ terms, an irruption, a sudden sharp increase in the relative numbers of a population. My grandpa’s eyes had never witnessed such a dramatic increase. Unusual things like these a naturalist remembers and records. My experience has recorded nothing of this magnitude before. It may be [...]