Thursday, August 6, 2015

Our backyard wildlife sanctuary

Yesterday morning (Wednesday) provided us some delightful wildlife viewing.  The turkeys are messy, and not particularly welcome, but we nonetheless enjoy seeing the mamas and their many, many offspring sweetly clucking their way through the yard. And these large bucks show how healthy city fed deer can be!

Count the numbers!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Remaining what God created us to be

“My attitude toward sorrow and difficulty should not be to ask that they be prevented, but to ask that God protect me so that I may remain what He created me to be, in spite of all my fires of sorrow.”  Oswald Chambers

And for me personally, I need to remain "what God created me to be" when I get frustrated that what "I planned" does not happen.

Lopez Island, Great blue heron

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lopez Island

The San Juan Islands lie north of Seattle, WA, a ferry ride away from the town of Anacortes. Each island creates its own personality.  Meg and I have enjoyed five delightful days at the home of family friends on Lopez Island.  Lopez is relatively flat, making it fun to bike along farmlands and  and ocean bays. We have enjoyed kayaking in the bay as well as just sitting and watching the evening light change on the water.

Lopez Island

Great blue heron, Lopez Island

Lopez Island

Lopez Island sunrise

Saturday, July 25, 2015

"Do we really want God to dwell within us?"

“Do we really want God to dwell within us, or are we only willing to ‘rent out’ space for a brief visit?  Our actions, our words, our silence, our fears all show the presence, or absence, of God in our lives.”

What kind of question is this?  Of course I do.  BUT, I need to constantly remind myself that life here on earth is not about me, but about God. I need to give Him my burdens; He is the one who is eternal , and within whom I dwell.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wildlife in our yard

Here are a few fun pictures of "birds and beasts" we have enjoyed in our yard this summer.

"Splish, splash, I was takin' a bath"

"It's a bird, it's a plan, it's Super Fawn!"

Sunday, July 19, 2015

He will wipe away all tears

He will swallow up death forever!
  The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears. 
                                                Isaiah 25:8

As I read this passage a couple days ago, once again I was awed by the knowledge of God's love.  Despite the unhappy struggles we all go through during our lifetime, God prevails.  He does give us life after death; He does know  our sufferings, and WILL wipe away our tears.

A couple of weeks ago, as Meg and I were camped above the Snake River in Hells Canyon, a hummingbird whizzed back and forth in the early evening light. I clicked quickly, hoping I might come close to capturing the moment on camera.  This hummer is obviously not in focus, but its glow is mystical.  God's presence is mystical; it is quiet; it is "be still land know I am God."  And, it is His gift to us that He will "wipe every tear from our eyes!"

Saddle Creek Campground Wallowa County

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The views from the top

Besides the "birds and the beasts," Meg and I enjoyed the never ending vistas above Hells Canyon at the Saddle Creek Campground near Hat Point in Wallowa county.  You could not find a five star hotel with any better views than we enjoyed from our campsite. We read and relaxed and enjoyed the changing shadows and highlights as the sun moved across the sky.

Penstemon on the rim of Hells Canyon

Moon rise above the Seven Devils Mts, Idaho

Saddle Creek drainage, Hells Canyon

Meg knitting with the Seven Devils Mts in the background