Archive | April 2015

I Found an Antler in the Woods:

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Isaiah 40 1-31

Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

I went for a walk with my dogs this afternoon. I found my first antler. We have lived here over twenty years, and I worked in the woods for seven seasons, but this is a first. I was so excited, I said a prayer of thanks.

I was looking for mushrooms, and saw a nice tall tree with something beside it. It was the antler in the picture above.

It was small, and my husband found a large one several years ago, but still it was kind of like a little treasure.

Did you know that weak or injured deer lose their antlers earlier than the healthy ones? The deer lose antlers when their testosterone levels drop after rutting season, sometime after January.

The antlers can be strong one day, and become weak the next.

A great article that explains the process is found here: http://www.grandviewoutdoors.com/articles/4308-why-do-deer-shed-their-antlers#sthash.fWRkDt8r.dpbs

The article also explained that the antlers feed off the ‘velvet’ or soft membrane, on the outer surface.

According to the article, this velvet contains many substances such as amino acids, minerals, proteins and Growth Factor-1 (a protein hormone similar in molecular structure to insulin)

The antlers will grow rapidly for two to four months. During the summer, higher levels of the male hormone testosterone slow antler growth, and the veins and arteries around the velvet constrict and cut off the blood and nutrient supply to the antlers. The velvet then withers and begins to fall off, a process facilitated by the deer by rubbing his antlers against trees. The whole process is repeated every year for the rest of his life.

Even those strong antlers get tired and weary! Like the verses above,  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Dear God, Your creation is amazing! Even the process of deer losing their antlers is an organized planned event. You did not make things is a disorganized, haphazard way. Everything was created with purpose. I delight in Your creation. Today, I saw a couple elk, a red headed woodpecker, wildflowers, and found this antler. It was like a little treasure to take home, and ponder Your creation. I pray for encouragement and strength for my Christian brothers and sisters. I pray for Your will to be done. I ask for workers for the harvest, and I am so grateful to You for everything!!! In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Psalm 42

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

Dandelion Flower Cookie Recipe

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“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ Matthew 13:27

I have so many dandelions this year! My front lawn is yellow, with a little grass, instead of green with a few dandelions. This is not uncommon. Several years ago, I looked for recipes, because I don’t believe in using harmful chemicals on my lawn to kill the undesirables. I see so many honey bees all over the flower heads, and I know that spraying could harm them.

One of the recipes I found was for Herbal tea, using dandelion heads. I looked for the recipe again, and couldn’t find it. I think I poured boiling water over the heads in a canner type pot. I left them sit for a day, and strained the liquid. I added some honey, cinnamon, cloves, and some other spice, maybe ginger? It was concentrated, and I bottled it, and put it in the fridge. When I wanted tea, I just added some of this to hot water, or drank it cold, and it was really good.

This year, I found a wonderful, really good recipe for dandelion cookies.

I substituted gluten free Hodgson Mill Yellow Cake Mix for the flour. (Likely that any gluten free cake mix would work)

Here is the recipe:

1/2 c. coconut oil

1/2 c. honey

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup unbleached unbromated flour or gluten free flour mix,  (I substituted about 2 cups of the gluten free cake flour)

1 cup dry oatmeal

1/2 cup dandelion flower petals

(This recipe came from Hannah at ‘Preparing for our Children’s Future‘.

Preheat oven to 375

Mix the oil and honey, then beat in eggs and vanilla.

Remove the yellow flower parts from the green parts (compost the green parts, as they taste a little bitter.)

Stir in the flour, oatmeal, and dandelion flowers.

Drop the batter by tablespoonfuls onto an oiled cookie sheet.

Bake for about 10 minutes, or lightly browned.

Cool and enjoy!

These cookies are amazing!

One other thing you can do with dandelions is gather the heads, wash them in a little baking soda water. Dip the heads in egg, then roll them in a spiced flour (flour, garlic, pepper, salt, etc.) Fry in Olive oil on medium heat until brown and crisp, or until you think they are done.

Dear God, I thank you for the dandelions too. They are beneficial and useful. The cookies were great! In the name of Jesus, thanks again. Amen.

Give Someone the Living Water:

Romans 12:19-21 New International Version (NIV)

19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

I read a wonderful devotional today. You can read it by following the link below:

http://www.annegrahamlotz.org/2015/04/29/are-you-thirsty/

The title is, “Are You Thirsty“, written by Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz.

The picture was the crux of the story:

A boy in Baltimore was handing out water, in an act of kindness and generosity, after the looting and violence that had taken place. The photo came from Bishop M. Cromartie, Prophetic Deliverance Ministries senior pastor. He had it posted on his Facebook page, and it went viral.

The picture speaks volumes.

Anne Graham had this to say in her devotional:

This Baltimore boy is a beautiful example that we, as God’s children, need to follow.

In a world filled with anger, violence, chaos, and confusion, give someone The Living Water. In a world of death, give Life. In a world of darkness, give Light. In a world of despair, give Hope. In a world of lies, give Truth.

Give them Jesus. Today.

The verse she used was from the book of John:

Jesus said, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:13-14

The heart of a child has great wisdom. This boy is a genius! May God richly bless him!

Dear God, I am amazed when I see the good of a person in the midst of the chaos. It is a challenge to do the right thing, when those who surround us have chosen evil ways. A kind word turns away wrath, and kind actions seem to extinguish the flames of anger. I pray for my Christian brothers and sisters to leave room for Your wrath, and to seek out Your wisdom in how to act in these days. You are willing to give us the answers, if we truly look for them. Thank You! In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

He Rescued Us From This Present Evil Age:

Galatians 1:3-10

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

No Other Gospel

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you,let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

I love verse 4!!! Jesus gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father…  It doesn’t matter in what ‘age’ we read this verse. It applies to today, tomorrow, 2,000 years ago, and for as long as there are humans on this earth. Jesus has rescued us! It has been done.

Next, we see that Paul addresses the Galatians in a fatherly way, reprimanding them for deserting his teaching, and turning to another gospel.

He says that this new gospel they heard was meant to throw them into confusion, and was intended to pervert the gospel of Christ. Not even an angel from heaven should be preaching a gospel different from that of Christ, or they are under God’s curse.

Preachers today, should not be seeking the approval of men, but of God. As Christians, we should not seek to please people. We are servants of Christ! It is Him that we need to please!

I read the devotional on bgea.org,

Billy Graham tells about King Charles the Fifth, many years ago. A merchant from Antwerp loaned him a large sum of money, but the king went bankrupt, and couldn’t repay the merchant.

The merchant held a large banquet, and invited the King. A platter was on the table and the merchant ignited a fire in it. He burned the note that had the sum of money owed to him, forgiving the King of his large debt.

The King wept.

Billy Graham finished the devotion with these words:

Two thousand years ago God invited the world to the Gospel feast, and in the agonies of the cross, God held your sins and mine until every last vestige of our guilt was consumed.

Oh God, thank You for Your forgiveness through Jesus. What an enormous price was paid for my sins. I thank You for the gift of mercy, grace, and love. Let Your will be done! In the name of Jesus, Your Son, Amen.

-Dawn-

Evil will not Prevail:

When we are surrounded by people who do evil things, we know that they will not prevail forever. Evil brings a man to ruin. The wages of sin is death.

This Psalm is about a man who plotted evil against David. When Saul was seeking David to kill him, an Edomite,named Doeg, told Saul where David was at.

David starts this song with these verses:

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
    Why do you boast all day long,
    you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
 You who practice deceit,
    your tongue plots destruction;
    it is like a sharpened razor.
 You love evil rather than good,
    falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
You love every harmful word,
    you deceitful tongue!

 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
    He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
    he will uproot you from the land of the living.
 The righteous will see and fear;
    they will laugh at you, saying,
 “Here now is the man
    who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
    and grew strong by destroying others!”

This is a warning for those who are seeking to destroy righteous people, and it is a comfort to those righteous people who have been hurt by the actions of evil people.

David ends the Psalm with these beautiful verses:

But I am like an olive tree
    flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
    for ever and ever.
 For what you have done I will always praise you
    in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
    for your name is good.

I am reminded of many of our political leaders who are implementing evil laws. Our courts and justice system should be administering justice, not destroying people who are trying to do the right thing.

When you are persecuted, like David, remind yourself that you are like an olive tree, flourishing in the house of God. It is not about this world. You don’t belong to it. Trust in God’s unfailing love. Praise Him in the presence of His faithful people. Hope in His name, for it is good!!!!

Dear God, from the time of the first sin, there has been evil on this earth. I praise You for what You’ve done. You have taken care of everything. Evil will not last forever, but Your Word will. Your promises are true. I pray for Your will to be done. Thank You!!!! Amen.

-Dawn-

The picture above came from ‘Free Christian Wallpaper’ , and if you click on the picture, it will bring you to the site, where you can download it too.

God’s Grand Design Includes You!

Romans 12:3-5 New International Version (NIV)

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

I had an interesting conversation with my husband today. He told me about a man who was bitten by a spider many years ago. His leg turned dark where he was bitten. He didn’t feel good.

A doctor, who believed in natural medicine, prescribed a powder made with ground up cockroaches and other things. This man told my husband that he felt better after taking it, and he keeps some around, just in case something happens.

Cockroaches! Who would have guessed they could be good for anything?

I searched Google, and sure enough, the Chinese have cockroach farms, and sell them to pharmaceutical companies.

Sharks are also used in medicines. There is usefulness in even the strange creatures of this world.

God did not make things by mistake. All of His Creation was made with a purpose in mind. He thoughtfully designed this world.

I read once that scientists spent billions to design a self sustaining world, but they forgot to add enough bacteria to deal with the waste in their utopia. They could not accomplish a mini self-sustaining world.

Every one of us was made with purpose. Maybe you don’t feel that you are important? You are! In God’s eyes, you have worth. He sent His own Son to die for everyone who would believe on Him. God loves you! You will always have purpose in His world!

Each member is important in the body of Christ, and each function is needed.

Thank You, God, that You created this world with such a grand design! You are our Creator! Help us to know Your will for our lives, and to do what You have called us to do. In the wonderful name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Guard the Treasure You were Given:

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Timothy 6:20-21 (The Message)

And oh, my dear Timothy, guard the treasure you were given! Guard it with your life. Avoid the talk-show religion and the practiced confusion of the so-called experts. People caught up in a lot of talk can miss the whole point of faith.

Overwhelming grace keep you!

I also want to post these verses from the NIV

Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.

Grace be with you all.

I really think Paul gave Timothy great advice here. There is so much talk and chatter, and false knowledge, and if you listen to it all, you could easily be deceived. Look to the Bible, God’s Word, for the answers to life’s problems. It really is the best instruction book you can find.

Proverbs 19:20: Listen to advice and accept discipline,and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

Just be careful where you get that advice and counsel. A lot of people claim to have the answers, but they are the blind, leading the blind. Don’t listen, you might fall into a pit.

Dear God, I seek Your counsel and instruction, and ask for knowledge and wisdom that comes from You. I pray for Your Holy Spirit, and the gifts of patience, long-suffering, brotherly kindness, love, peace, and joy. Thank You for the hope within me. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

-Dawn-