God’s Weed – The Dandelion
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Luke 12:27 (NIV)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Eph 1:3) I don’t know about you guys, but this verse from Ephesians continues to be a jaw-dropper for me. Just how do we get our mind around it? What a great verse to meditate on and ask the Lord to reveal its depth.
Aren’t these the weeds our dad told us to dig up from the lawn and throw way? I wasn’t planning on talking about dandelions, but a brother sent me the photo you see at the top that his wife Karla took while visiting family in Texas. I think all of us have picked the puff ball and watched the seeds fly as we blew on them. But did you also know the following…… here are a few facts about dandelions:
- Edible and Nutritious: The leaves are rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium, iron, and potassium. They can be used in salads or cooked as a leafy green vegetable.
- Medicinal Properties: Dandelions have been used for centuries to aid digestion, detoxify the liver, relieve inflammation, and support kidney health.
- Tenacious Survivors: Dandelions are extremely resilient and adaptable plants. They have a deep taproot that allows them to survive in various soil conditions and resist drought. They can also thrive in disturbed areas and are often the first plants to appear in newly cleared land or lawns.
- Prolific Reproduction: Dandelions are highly efficient reproducers. They produce large numbers of seeds with specialized structures called pappus, which allow them to be easily carried by the wind up to 10 miles.
I think you will be amazed by this short video from the John 10:10 Project.
Isn’t it amazing how we can be astounded by God Almighty as we reflect on one of His weeds!
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD
Well, my grandkids arrived last Friday and my wife and I had to definitely plead with the Lord to give us His strength. Our granddaughters are ages 6 & 8 and our identical twin grandsons just turned 2! Needless to say it has been a huge blessing. Just yesterday morning I was showing the girls the Creosote bushes in our back lot. I was blown away that had been studying up on them and knew some of their amazing facts. If interested, you can read what I put in a previous Friday letter on the Creosote Bush: E²Vegas.org/Friday-Mens-Group-5-14-21
I am grateful that the hub of activity is still at the sand pile. Jane and I are praying that we can be the grandparents that God wants us to be while our family is with us. Below is one recent scene at the sand pile and the other I labeled: “One more scoop of sand in my diapers please!”
We are also so grateful to God that the weather has been moderate for this time of the year. We have yet to hit 100°F
Thanking the Lord for His Undeserved and Unmerited Grace,
Avoiding Bad Decisions – Red Book Day 164
The purpose of these devotionals is to help you think Biblically
THE DAY I FIRED WALTER HENRICHSEN
Several month’s back, I wrote some thoughts as to when I first got exposed to Walt Henrichsen. One of the brothers in Atlanta picked it up and asked if they could include it in their March Blog. I agreed and they sent it out with the note below. If interested, here is that email and I have attached the PDF:
This month’s installment comes from our brother in Christ, Dan Russell. Dan lives in Las Vegas, Nevada – no doubt a mission field full of opportunity. He actively serves men there and elsewhere through his ministry of discipleship and evangelism.
Dan’s title for the March blog is intriguing. If you had the privilege of knowing Walt Henrichsen and sitting under his teaching, the title is not surprising (or is it?). As you read through the attached you will encounter references to a daily devotional the Holy Spirit inspired Walt to write many years ago. The devotional is titled, “Thoughts From The Diary Of A Desperate Man.” The book includes a helpful Subject Index as well as a Scripture Index. If you would like a copy, please reach out to Arthur Corbin (email@example.com) or Chris Strippelhoff (firstname.lastname@example.org), or you may order online through MIMbooks.com.
Remember, if you feel led to write a future blog, please contact Arthur or Chris.
Good reading and good life.
In His name,
Arthur, Bob, Chris, and Steve
PS. As always, you can find this and past blogs at r122conference.org.
Blog Mission Statement
These blogs are to stimulate your biblical thinking to become an Issachar of our times.
“Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do…” (1Ch 12:32 NASB95)
These writings are an attempt to articulate key biblical issues of our day so that we can:
- Learn and understand the propositions of the Bible concerning our lives.
- Apply the truth in our lives in the sanctification process.
- Contend/defend against heresy or apostasy.
- Draw closer to God.
DAILY READINGS – J.C. RYLE
Men: One of our brothers sent this the other day.
Please take a few minutes to read it. Here are the Bible verses
By the way, when I was young in my faith, this verse helped me grow in my understanding of God’s Sovereignty:
“When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.” (Acts 13:48)
It reminded me of the old hymn:
“I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me.
It was not I that found, O Savior true,
no, I was found of Thee.”
Pray as Slaves
by Jacob Crouch
“…………Embarrassingly, I come to God to give Him a little advice. I’m not sure He fully understands the situation down on the ground, so I need to let Him know what’s going on and give Him a slight corrective. Because if He knew what I knew, then He’d surely handle things a little differently……..”
“…………We have nothing to bring: No wisdom, no power, no agenda. We exist for Him, and we pray like it. We pray with His words, asking for things that line up with His will………”
Men: I would encourage you to read this short article. This guy did an excellent job with this write-up…..
J.C. Ryle • 1816-1900