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Friday Photos–An Object Lesson in Persistence

Creek at bridge (where we feed the fish)

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bare-trees-creek-flowing-over-rocks

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Creek and railroad bridge

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A problem I have is my lack of persistence. It’s all too easy for me to give up.

One day as I gazed at a little country creek , I realized God provided an object lesson for me. The creek contends with rocks, fallen trees, the remnant of an old railroad bridge, and other obstacles on its way to its destination, a larger creek. Nothing holds the little creek back. It keeps on going–over, under, around or through the obstacle. It never gives up, never gives in, and eventually reaches the merger with the bigger creek.

What a lesson for me, given anew every time I look at the creek. How well am I learning? Slowly, but I am improving.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”  James 1:3,4, King James Version

©P. Booher

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Reflections for This Writer’s Heart

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“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”  Proverbs 4:23, KJV

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”  Psalms 19:14, KJV

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”  Philippians 4:6, KJV

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8, KJV

Keep going, don’t give in and don’t give up. Keep moving forward.

Till your own field; keep your attention on your own work; you have enough to do with that!

Don’t be distracted by what someone else has, does, says or whatever. That can lead to envy, jealousy, bitterness, gossip, and resentment–even of friends. Those attitudes will affect your creativity, big time, both in quantity and in quality.

Cultivate faith and be led by that, rather than fear.

©P. Booher

 

 

 

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Friday Photos–Celebrating Hardiness

I’m struck by how many examples of hardiness, persistence, and resilience I see in nature. I think God is trying to tell me something!

Yucca Plant in bloom

Yucca Plant in Bloom

The yucca plant is a good example. Yucca plants are supposed to be desert-dwellers. Yet this one lives thousands of miles away from any desert. For the past several years it has survived snow, bitter cold, rainy summers, dry summers, and anything else that’s come its way. The above picture, taken this year, shows it in full bloom.

Another example for me is an apple tree at the edge of our woods. The tree, leaning precariously, was sure to fall down, we thought. Instead, a large limb came down a few years ago. The wonder of it is that enough of the limb remains attached to the tree so that the limb still receives nutrients. Every spring flowers and leaves appear . The limb arches over the ground and provides shelter for birds and other wild creatures.  Every day I walk to the apple tree to throw bird food on the ground I marvel at the limb’s resilience. Despite the damage done, it still lives!

Apple branch (new)

Apple tree

A third example is a maple tree farther into the woods. Years ago a tree near the maple fell. As it fell it scraped the bark off one side of the maple. I thought the maple tree would die. It didn’t. The maple still comes out in the spring, looking a little odd because only half of it is green, but the tree survives.

To me, these living lessons speak out: if God put so much resilience in mere plants and trees to meet life’s trials and tribulations, how much more then did He put in me!

©P. Booher

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