Sight: Physical and Spiritual

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And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:9). Even though the magnificence of the Garden of Eden does not exist today, the world around us is still breathtakingly beautiful to human eyes. Should we love the beauty we see in the world? What do the Scriptures say will happen to this physical world one day (2 Pet. 3:10-14)? Are we … [Read more...]

Taste

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  "Taste and see that the Lord is good!" Psalm 34:8   If we take a moment to understand the meaning behind these words, our studies would lead us back to the book 1 Samuel. In 1 Samuel 18, we see David fresh off the battlefield of slaying the giant, Goliath, and naturally the people are celebrating. Their entire livelihood was threatened by this perverse giant. All in a moment’s time, this kid named David, stands up on behalf of God and destroys the giant. The people are … [Read more...]

Sweet-Smelling Aroma

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I have so many wonderful memories of growing up in a home that was a very busy but welcoming place. As children, we learn to experience life with many of our senses. The sense of smell always gave me that welcomed feeling, one of pleasure to most things. One of my favorite memories was coming home from school, walking into my home and instantly discovering that my mom had been baking goodies. There was something special about smelling an apple pie or chocolate chip cookies baking and the … [Read more...]

Precious

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Precious by Julie Carter We all know babies are Precious, Perhaps more than we realize. But let me take just a moment to share What I see through my eyes. I’m not sure what it is About those little toes. So round and cute and sweet! That will change as the little one grows. Maybe it’s how sweet and cuddly The little baby looks. Can’t you see yourself cuddling them As you read their favorite books? It could be the little hands That win your heart the first night. That reach out … [Read more...]

The Touch of His Hand on Mine

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Thinking about the sense of touch reminds me of a song we used to sing called "The Touch of His Hand On Mine". Just as we feel the touch of God’s hand on ours, we must be sure that others are feeling the touch of our hand. We teach our children that there are good touches and bad touches. The same is true throughout the Bible and in our lives. When Adam and Eve were in the garden, they were able to use their hands to tend to the beautiful garden and eat of the fruit. Eve decided to use her … [Read more...]

Listening Skills

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 The other day my husband was talking to me and I quickly realized that I am not always a very good listener. There I was making eye contact, nodding my head, and saying "uh huh" as all good listeners do, but at the end of the conversation I was left scrambling trying to figure out what in the world we had even been talking about! I heard him talking, but because I wasn’t focusing my attention on our actual conversation, I totally missed what he was saying. To really hear someone, we have to … [Read more...]

Growing Seedlings

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We have a garden, a garden of three seedlings. Every year we watch them grow taller and stronger and more beautiful. Thankfully, we are not the only gardeners. There are many who visit our garden who leave a lasting impression on our seedlings…grand-gardeners, friend gardeners, teacher gardeners and many more. They encourage our seedlings to know God, and grow in His light. They set an example for our seedlings of how to grow straight, strong, and tall with deep roots. They develop a … [Read more...]

Busy Hands

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Such busy hands I must have had So many years ago Always moving, never still Always on the go. These busy hands dug in the ground They planted row by row Roses, lilies, daffodils Coaxing them to grow The meals these busy hands have made! The cakes and pies and treats – Sifting, kneading floured dough Quick strokes my hands could beat. These hands have cut and pieced the squares For quilts with colors bright They sewed each tiny piece in place Each careful square stitched … [Read more...]

Reality Hits- The Empty Nest Syndrome

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Reality hadn’t set in yet, not during all the planning nor the preparation, not during all the packing nor the loading of the furniture and suitcases onto the trucks. Reality hadn’t sent in yet even as we traveled for 13 hours with a caravan of cars following us to Denver Colorado from Sherman Tx.  Reality hadn’t set in yet while we unloaded the furniture and set up house for two of our sons who were getting ready to attend Bear Valley Institute of Biblical Studies for two years. It wasn’t until … [Read more...]

The Seasons of a Woman’s Hands

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A few weeks ago, I gazed upon a incredible sight as a gentle woman of the tender age of one hundred and one years old softly reached for the hand of my one year old granddaughter.  As this woman’s tender, yet leather hands surrounded the smooth hands of my granddaughter, I sat amazed and awe-stuck.  To watch their embrace was inspiring, and I have not been able to escape the thoughts that I had at that very moment.  I had never given much reflection about the seasons that our hands, as women, … [Read more...]