Earth Psalms

EARTH: Protective Father by Francine Rivers

June 19, 2018

From: Earth Psalms The Lord your God is going ahead of you.  We will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt.  And you saw how the Lord your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child.  Now he has brought you to this place. (Deuteronomy 1:30-31) Some years ago, while working at our warehouse. Rick called me on the intercom and said a mother quail was out back with her chicks. I came running, and we watched from the delivery doorway as the quail pecked for seeds and bugs among the grass behind our building. The chicks scurried around their mother like little puffs of tan cotton, unaware of us – or of danger lurking close by. We spotted a cat crouched and [...]

EARTH: Variety In Creation by Francine Rivers

June 12, 2018

From: Earth Psalms Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation – every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit.  These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.”  And that is what happened.  The land produced vegetation – all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit.  Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind.  And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:11-12) I love walking through the produce section of our local grocery store and looking at all the apples – Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Braeburn, Fuji – all different colors and all beautiful. Did you know there are 7,500 kinds of apples in the [...]

EARTH: Prayer Leads To Peace by Francine Rivers

June 5, 2018

From: Earth Psalms Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7) In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never.” That must be the rallying call of the woodpeckers in our neighborhood, some of whom have decided the vent holes beneath our eaves are the perfect location for a new house. We’ve had one pesky fellow trying to widen the access to our attic. He managed to get through the wire mesh and pull out some insulation. We wouldn’t have [...]

EARTH: Faithfulness Day & Night by Francine Rivers

May 30, 2018

From: Earth Psalms The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23) Rick and I get up early, and we’re often treated to a sunrise casting its glow along the horizon.  Early evening brings the sunset.  Each winter, winds strip our oak of its broad leaves, so we can see the full blaze of glory from our deck. Colors, so many colors.  Sunrise often brings pinks, lavenders, and pale yellows that give way to pale blue above a sea of white cotton clouds.  By five o’clock, the sun is going down.  One night, the sky was molten hot red with streaks of fiery orange and gold.  Another night, the clouds turned lavender and pink, then [...]

EARTH: Earth Psalms—Introduction by Francine Rivers

May 22, 2018

From: Earth Psalms Scriptures say, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the Earth and sky.  Through everything God made, we can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature.  So we have no excuse for not knowing God,” (Romans 1:20).  Everything God has created is a wonder to behold.  If we look closely, we find lessons in our observations. Writers of the Bible taught lessons through all aspects of the natural world, including plants and animals, reptiles and insects.  King David used metaphors of sheep and pastures.  Solomon wrote proverbs about sparrows and dogs, pigs and vipers, ants, hyraxes, locusts, and lizards.  The prophets warned of how God could stop the rain and bring [...]