Does God Make The Leaves Fall?

The leaves are falling all over at my place. You can’t tell where the walks or driveway are! And we wonder. Does God make the leaves fall?

We ask a tree scientist. He goes on with a lot of mumbo jumbo, about cells, roots, and transubsansiation, or something like that! He goes on for quite awhile, but we don’t understand most of it. I wonder if he knows.

The tree seems to know. The pretty colored leaves fall at the same time every year. Who colors them? I suppose the scientist would say something I wouldn’t understand about that either. But they are colored and I love it! I especially love it when I walk through them, making a swishing sound!

The tree seems to know when to start making buds where the leaves fell, and when the leaves grow so pretty and green in the springtime. The scientist would have an answer about that too, but if we kept on asking “WHY” they wouldn’t really have an answer. BUT I DO.

God knows when the buds should form, He knows when the green leaves should show up and he paints them so many colors of red, orange and yellow. Then He makes them fall in order to make room for the buds. Isn’t God wonderful though? Just think about it for awhile. The answer could only be God!

 

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Peace, What Is It?

There are so many references to peace in the Bible. Peace must be very important to God, don’t you think? What does He mean? There is the peace treaty that leaders of countries sign when they agree not to kill each other anymore. I don’t think that is it. God is thinking His kind of peace is much more than that.

There is also the kind of peace when a neighbor agrees with another neighbor that they will get along better with each other. Or, when a Republican agrees with a Democrat that they will agree not to agree.

There are so many ideas concerning peace. We all know the feeling of peace that comes over us when all seems well, when we are outdoors and gaze at the moon, or the sky, trees and grass, all of which God has made. That’s a good kind of peace, isn’t it?

However, I believe peace is much more than that. A class of artists was asked to paint a picture depicting peace. One artist painted a storm. Wind and rain were coming down hard, but a bird was in her nest, her feathers were covering her little ones. When asked why she painted a picture like that, she said, “The baby birds knew that the mother bird would take care of them, and the mother bird knew that God would watch over them. They felt peace,

When we trust God with everything, weather, money, home and family, illness or whatever, we will know what peace is. God will take care of anything His way. He knows the way and if we trust Him with our hearts and souls, He will listen to our pleas but do what is right for each of us. Sometimes it doesn’t seem right but we will keep our peace if we trust in God enough to know that He knows what is best for us. And that peaceful feeling is so, so good!

Sorry!

I can’t write anything today. My son is right down in bed. His sciatica is in his  back and legs. I am trying to nurse him, which doesn’t work too well because of my age and my back and knee. I hope you are all well and happy!

It’s Halloween Time Already!

When I was a little tyke I thought the day was great!  In school we made lots of jack-o-lanterns out of the pumpkins a farmer or two brought a day or so before, and we made ghosts and goblins out of construction paper. In the evening,we had a party with games and doing what I liked the best, bobbing for apples. I still believe Halloween is really for kids, except for the teenage boys who tipped over the backhouses! People say,”The boys didn’t really do that, did they? Oh boy, I’ll say they did! In our little town you could see fathers out trying to make right, the wrongs the boys did on Halloween night.

Halloween has changed though, and I’m not at all sure the change was good. I am not sure when “trick or treat” began, but I joined in with the other mothers, making outfits out of old clothes and then letting them go out and get candy which was not at all good for the teeth! That custom seems to be going away though. It just isn’t safe for children to be running around after dark these days!

What I’m really upset about is the cost. Little kids aren’t satisfied unless they can get a new outfit every year! And the merchants are anxious to help them. The kids shop right along with the adults, who are looking to find the right thing to wear to the grown up parties held on Halloween night. And grown up parties are taking the place of the simple things children used to do.

Maybe we should be remembering that October 30th is the day Martin Luther posted the 98th thesis on the door of the Church 500 years ago. Everything has changed since then. The Catholics have changed much of their former doctrine and the whole Evangelical movement has grown up to believe the way God intended, Faith, not works, should be the norm for all of us. Wouldn’t that be a holiday? It wouldn’t cost very much either, the change would be on the inside rather than our outside costumes. Happy Martin Luther Day, everyone!

 

Let Praise Begin!

I  was thinking the other day about how sick the world is. Everywhere we look we see tornados, hurricanes, volcanos or multi murders. How can we be anything but downhearted? People, even children, walk around wearing scowls instead of smiles. When will this end? we ask. Will the world always look like this?

I am sure that the world wasn’t any better for the brand new Christians, trying to tell others about Jesus. I can hear them now, telling them Jesus was the one promised many times in the Bible. He was born, killed really by us, and rose from the dead and now lives with God in Heaven. Folks just didn’t believe it! They threw the well being Christians into prisons, which were nothing more than dirty caves. But the church still grew!

Paul and Silas were two who were thrown into prison and beaten for their belief in Jesus. But even when things were bad, they sang and shouted praises from their cold and damp prison cell. As they sang the prison doors were opened but they, and the prisoners who were listening to them, didn’t leave. Many became new Christians that day. That story can be found beginning in Acts 16-16 of the New Testament.Praise1

We need more singing and praising in the world today. We do know that God is in charge. But we don’t know or understand why. I am sure that Paul and Silas didn’t understand why their world was so bad either. I think if more of us would praise God for everything He gives us and let Him do what He intends to do. We may have to go through hard times before we see the light, but singing and praising will make us feel better in the meantime! Let’s start today!

My Gift

My Gift from the neighborsI was just sitting in my family room alone. I think I was feeling sorry for myself. It was Saturday and I thought maybe one of the girls would be here. My daughters both work so weekends are The only time I expect them. Shouldn’t I remember that they need to balance their time off between cleaning things that were left during the week and their own kids? But here I was, feeling sorry for myself!

I didn’t often feel that way. How could I? The people who were caught in those awful hurricanes are asking themselves, “How can we ever start over again?” And Those folks who attended that concert in Las Vegas will probably never be the same after the shooting. Our country is really messed up! My little pity party doesn’t amount to much, does it?

Someone was knocking at my door! Who could it be? I answered, and there stood my neighbor and her two little children looking up at me. The Mother was carrying a fall looking mum plant and a fall looking little guy was holding the plant up! There was also a fall looking kitchen towel. She said, ” We wanted to give you this.”

I don’t remember what I said but I know I invited them into the house and I thanked them over and over. I can’t figure out why they did that, but I do know that God nudged them a little. He does things like that even for me and my loneliness! I am so thankful for that mom and her two little kids. Now, what can I do for them?

Maybe It’s Today!

Jesus might come today. He certainly could! The Bible tells us that we don’t know the day or the hour. Jesus tells us that even He doesn’t know, but the Heavenly Father knows. Why is it, then, that so many people were talking about September twenty third? Even those who didn’t know anything about the Bible,spouted out about all the hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico were signs that our world would end the twenty-third!

The religious prophets had it all written out, but they forgot that only God knows when the world would end. They seemed to forget that even if you don’t believe in the Rapture, there is life after Jesus returns. How about the antichrist ruling from the temple at Jerusalem? Many things in the Bible have yet to be, before the world ends.

I want to tell you a story my son told me, only I,ll use names to make the story easier to understand. Jerry knew for certain that the world would end the twenty-third. He had studied all the signs so there wasn’t a doubt! One day Rob contacted him, trying to set up a time they could get together. “We had better meet on the twenty-second then,” Rob said. “No,” answered Jerry, “let’s meet on Monday, the twenty-fifth, that would be better for me.” He evidently wasn’t that certain about the date, was he?

I guess that starts us thinking, doesn’t it? We don’t know the day or the hour, but we should all be ready. We should believe in Jesus death and resurrection, and in God’s love. Then we should ask for forgiveness of all our sins. and forgive anyone we have hurt. That is all. If you do that , you are saved from all tribulation and hell. Boy! I sure would say, that’s really worth it, wouldn’t you?