There are so many turtles in this little lake. They just love to bask in the sun.
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Seeing Animals on the Trail
I saw ducks through the trees.
I saw red-winged Black Birds.
I saw this small deer–quite friendly.
I saw this beautiful swan.
Signs of Spring
A full and sparling creek. There is a bit of snow still around, but that will be gone very soon.
Turtles. These are some of the first turtles I’ve seen. The ducks and geese come first, then the turtles.
Last Year at This Time
Last year on this day of March it was a lot warmer. As you can see, the ice on the river is thawed. And the geese are happy. So, it seems that we are at least a few week behind. Oh sun, oh warmer weather, please come. Melt all the ice away.
I Am A Tree
I am a tree
planted by a stream,
with fruit and
And I prosper.
(from Psalm 1)
The Importune Prayers of Elijah and Daniel
We will continue our study of Importunity in prayer with two more holy men, Elijah and Daniel.
Elijah’s Prayer, 1 Kings 18:41- 45
Now Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of the roar of a heavy shower.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth, and put his face between his knees. 43 And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go back” seven times. 44 And it came about at the seventh time, that he said, “Behold, a cloud as small as a man’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot…
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Importunity in Prayer Demonstrated In the Parable of the Importunate Friend – from Luke 11:5-10
The simplest definition of importunity is persistent and urgent asking. Importune prayer then is persistent and urgent; it is prayer that pleads with God and asks Him repeatedly for the things we need.
This kind of praying may seem selfish and perhaps childish, but it really isn’t because it is prayer in the will of God and is usually for others instead of self. In fact, the source of this kind of prayer is right from the heart of God. It is how the Holy Spirit pleads and prays for us (Rom. 8:26). It is how God persistently and urgently seeks us out, speaks to us, and constantly seeks to help us and love us (Jer. 31:3, Jn. 6:44). Thus, when I pray with importunity, I pray for myself and for others the same way and with the same heart as the Holy Spirit does. I follow after His prayers. …
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Wisdom — Proverbs 8:1-6
Does not wisdom call,
And understanding lift up her voice?
2 On top of the heights beside the way,
Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 Beside the gates, at the opening to the city,
At the entrance of the doors, she cries out:
4 “To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.
5 “O naive ones, understand prudence;
And, O fools, understand wisdom.
6 “Listen, for I will speak noble things;
And the opening of my lips will reveal right things (Prov. 8:1-6).
Wisdom can be found at every corner, at every turn in the road or at every decision point. It is calling out to us to be wise. We must listen for its voice.
And Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From Evil
We have been looking at the Lord’s Prayer and we have been trying to practice praying as our Lord outlined for us. We have come to the part where it says, “And lead us not into temptation…
So, after we have prayed for daily bread and forgiveness, we are made clean and strong, ready for duty and for battle. But before we go out into the world we must pray that God would lead us and protect us.
The petition here for leading is really a plea for mercy—that God would not lead us into situations where it would be too difficult for us to bear under trials, so that we would give into sin. The second part, that He “deliver us from evil,” is the answer to the first part. That is, if He does not lead us into temptation, what He does is the opposite—He delivers us out of…
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Wisdom — Proverbs 4:5-9
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 “Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;
Love her, and she will watch over you.
7 “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
8 “Prize her, and she will exalt you;
She will honor you if you embrace her.
9 “She will place on your head a garland of grace;
She will present you with a crown of beauty (Prov. 4:5-9).
If you do not abandon wisdom, if you instead love her, prize her, and embraced her, she will guard you, exalt you and honor you.