HAPPY ‘NIPPY’ SABBATH

Morning temps in the teens and low twenties here these days.

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Mustard tumble weed frozen in sprinkler ice

Until a couple of days ago, the mums were still holding up, so I brought in a large armload, hoping some could be used in the pulpit flower arrangement.  The indoor air gets so dry during this weather that they continue to struggle.  But I think enough will hold up for church in the morning.

Cold and wet mum

Cold and wet mums

This cold snap started with freezing rain, then ice pellets

This cold snap started with freezing rain, then ice pellets

The hungry birds GOBBLE the seed at my feeders.  Sunflower chips, high in calories which birds need during cold snaps, are also favored by many species year around.

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Feeder birds, male House Finches in this case,  fighting over a perch.  Next minute, the Gold Finches (here in winter plumage) may start a scrap.

Juncos and many others scratch for seeds on the ground,

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so I scatter more sunflower seed and chicken scratch under the shrubs…

Two Pine Siskins, a Gold Finch and a female House Sparrow

Two Pine Siskins, a Gold Finch and a female House Sparrow

under the shrubs to give them cover and quick get-away shelter from the Merlin falcon and the neighbors’ cat.

Merlin Falcon waiting and watching.

Merlin Falcon waiting and watching.

Birds need water during freezing weather, too, and get it where they can.  My water dish doesn’t have a heater, so they eat snow and ice.

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A male House Finch nibbling ice-storm ice from a twig.

If you can’t get out and walk during icy, nippy weather, then enjoy nature through your windows or photos.  Our heavenly Father created all these things, and provided the Sabbath day as a time for us to remember what He has done.  (Exodus 20:11)  A great reason to worship Him, don’t you think?

:}  Smiles

 

 

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HAPPY SABBATH — HE LIFTS ME UP

Rather than clicking this into Google (you’d get gay stuff), please copy and paste the following link. It will get Chinese children singing “He lifts me up”.  Lovely!

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YOU LIFT ME UP

When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary
When troubles come, and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me

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You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be

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Tatoosh Range from Rainier Paradise webcam

There is no life, no life without it’s hunger
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly
But then you come, and I am filled with wonder
Sometimes I think I glimpse eternity

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You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be

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You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be

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You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up to walk on stormy seas
I am strong when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up to more than I can be

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You raise me up to more than I can be

Smiles :}

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BEN CARSON’S FAITH — AND MINE — HAS ALREADY TOUCHED YOUR LIFE

I don’t often write about politics.  And the following article is old news, as “news” goes.  But it tells much about my church (and favorite presidential candidate) which may be news to some of you.

WW University Church -- Several SDA churches serve the Walla Walla Valley, and I attend one of them.

WW University Church — Several SDA churches serve the Walla Walla Valley, and I attend one of them.

Column: Ben Carson’s faith — and mine — has already touched your life

America’s one million Seventh-day Adventists would be happy to end Donald Trump’s ignorance.

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In what might well be a “dog whistle” statement aimed at alienating evangelical Christian voters in Iowa who like Dr. Ben Carson, real estate magnate Donald Trump last Saturday delivered a oblique judgment of the neurosurgeon’s faith:

“I’m Presbyterian, boy, that’s down the middle of the road, folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about. I just don’t know about.”

In painting a religion as unknown, Trump seemed to suggest there must be something amiss about Carson’s faith. Carson has credited his Christian faith, and Adventism in particular, for shaping his worldview and contributing to his success in life.

Trump probably isn’t alone in not knowing much, or anything, about the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a Christian movement organized 152 years ago in Battle Creek, Michigan, and which claims 19 million members around the world, of which a little more than one million live in the U.S.

But the church of Carson’s choice — and, since 1999, mine — has already touched the lives of multiple millions, even if they don’t realize it.

Did you have cereal for breakfast? Thank W.K. Kellogg, who along with his brother, physician John Harvey Kellogg, adopted health principles promoted by Ellen G. White, a pioneering co-founder of the Adventist movement. White advocated for a vegetarian diet, and it was the Kelloggs who pressed corn into flakes that could be served with (preferably soy) milk for breakfast. (Until he entered the presidential race, Carson was a director of the Kellogg company.)

Do you know an infant who received a heart transplant? You can credit Dr. Leonard Bailey, a surgeon at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California for research that made such procedures better. Loma Linda is a Seventh-day Adventist Church-owned hospital and medical school, and Bailey’s controversial 1984 implantation of a baboon heart in Stephanie Fae Beauclair, an infant whose congenital heart defect was a death sentence, advanced the procedure.

Loma Linda University Medical Center also led out in proton therapy for prostate cancer, saving an untold number of lives. Its graduates include Gillian Seton, a physician who served on the front lines of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Another alum was the late Frank Jobe, the orthopedist who invented the “Tommy John surgery” to repair baseball pitcher’s damaged arms.

The Adventist lifestyle, which encourages abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and meat, is credited with extending lifespan. On average, studies including the famous “Blue Zone” project reveal, Seventh-day Adventists who follow the guidelines live seven years longer than the general population.

Beyond medicine, Adventists maintain a large education system, from kindergarten through postgraduate training with 1.8 million students enrolled around the world. In developing nations especially, low-cost, high-quality Adventist education is often a way up to escape poverty.

Adventism is a Protestant Christian faith, albeit slightly different from the “down-the-middle” Presbyterian religion Trump claims. Its principal difference is found in the church’s name: Seventh-day Adventists worship on what we believe is the Bible Sabbath, the seventh day of the week called “Saturday” in English, but referred to as “Sabbath” in over 100 other languages, including Spanish, “Sabado.” The Adventist part? We believe Jesus is returning soon, although we have never set a specific date.The church and its members also respect and take counsel from the writings of Ellen White, who we believe exercised the biblical gift of prophecy during her decades of public ministry. But we don’t worship White or her writings, nor do they substitute for the Bible. “Brethren and sisters, I commend unto you this Book,” were White’s final public words, referring to the Bible she held in her hands, at a 1909 meeting of Adventist leaders. (She died six years later.)

Not only do Adventists rely on the Bible as the final word on issues of doctrine, but we also work diligently to protect religious liberty. We’ve been to court on behalf of Sabbath-keepers, and filed a brief supporting Samantha Elauf, the Muslim woman refused a sales job by retailer Aberchrombie & Fitch because she wore a hijab. Adventists believe religious liberty belongs to all people, everywhere.

What Donald Trump doesn’t know about Seventh-day Adventism could perhaps fill a book or two. But the one million Adventists in the U.S. would be happy to tell him — or anyone else — the full story.

Mark A. Kellner, a writer in Salt Lake City, worked at the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s world headquarters from 2003 to 2014, including seven years as news editor for Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines.

:}  Get to know your candidates and get out and vote!  Smiles

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SAFARI ON A COOL DEWY MORNING

Isn’t it fun, these dewy mornings, to go out early into the garden and see where the bugs spent the night ?   Here are a few of this morning’s camera captures.

The recent winds have been hard on the roses.  (After all, it’s November!)  But this Chicago Peace is still beautiful, don’t you think?  No bugs in sight, but couldn’t resist it. Here’s a honey bee hunkered down on a bright daisy mum.411 honey bee dew 11 7 15 copyIn the image below, the tiny suspended spheres are dew on a web-draped juniper twig.  I think baby spiders strung the webs.  Jillions of the little critters have been festooning all outdoors for weeks.  Maybe you can also see the webs.  With my new cataract lenses I can see everything wonderfully beyond my outstretched finger tips.  However, close-up is iffy even with the reading section of my old trifocals.  Hopefully the new glasses will fix that, too.  (I cropped out the large blurred blobs throughout the image which occur when I don’t check the camera lens after letting it touch wet flowers!)   411 garden dew 11 7 15 101

And here’s the flat head of Achillea (Yarrow) splattered with dewy baubles. 411 dewy 11 7 15 016Oh, and look!  A Pink Edged Sulfur butterfly, soon to awaken on a beautiful mum.

pink edged sulfur butterfly on mumThanks for joining me on this dewy bug safari.  Come again.

:}  Smiles

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HAPPY SABBATH — PSALM 34:3

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MORE WET MORNINGS IN THE GARDEN

These wet fall mornings continue (and are expected to continue continuing) to lure me into the garden for dewy and rainy close up photos.  Here are a few recents of Sulfur butterflies on Cone Flower (Echinacea).

Dew drops on Sulphur Butterfly & Cone flower (Echinacea)

Dew drops, or rather, fog drops

Cool Butterfly at Sunrise

Cool Butterfly at Sunrise

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Sending this to my eye surgeon. He’s great on eye drops after cataract surgery.

My first cataract surgery of last Friday is doing well, by the way.  Interesting, how different the colors seem through the new implant –more clear and white.  And through the old lens (to be removed this Friday) — more amber or pale peach, like smoke haze.

Do get outdoors on wet mornings and look closely at your surroundings.  Our Creator is full of surprises.

:}  Smiles

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GARDEN PROWLING AFTER A RAIN

One of my favorite things:  prowling my garden after a rain and capturing close-ups.  Here’s the rose ‘Sally Holmes’ this morning.

Sally Holmes w raindrops

Rose ‘Sally Holmes’ w raindrops

Yes, it seems a bit out of focus, but I can’t tell if it’s the image or my eyes.  I’ll have my cataracts “done” this Friday and next.  Hopefully the new outlook will improve what you see in this blog.  And hopefully you’ll see more from my garden prowls.  Actually, I lens-capture plants, bugs, and weather almost daily, but the big obstacle to posting them is trying to correct their blurriness.

Morning Glory ‘Heavenly Blue’ below.  A little more depth of field to catch the pistil would be nice.  I tried to fix it in PSE9, but there’s nothing like the real thing when it comes to close up photography.

Raindrops on Morning Glory

Raindrops on Morning Glory

So I’ll keep trying, and so should you.  Prowl your neighborhood and garden, and catch the sweet messages sent by our Heavenly Father Creator.

:}  Smiles

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