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Category: Field Journal

Defining the Music

Sometimes music makes you wonder how it should be defined. Is music a gift? A goal? A trust? Leo C. Cox is written on a faded tag inside my fiddle. He was the the man who owned the instrument, who took it apart, fixed it, put the white screw pegs on the scroll for easier […]

October Drop!

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”― L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables The first Sunday of October found me up early heading to church for worship team rehearsal. The second Sunday of October 2022, the day I’m writing this newsletter, found me up early to get to one […]

Looking for Color

I couldn’t wait to get into the woods this past weekend. Saturday morning’s agenda started with sipping coffee next to Tom and watching the back yard show. The green path into the woods has slowly been transformed to a carpet of gold and tan leaves. The day before, we spied moving shadows of brown and […]

God Said

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that […]

Reminders

Sunshine shot through the trees last night, capping a day filled with needed rain showers. I stepped out back to go visit my neighbor. Fatigue laced my mind from a long day filled with not a few cares. God caught my attention. He sent a rainbow arching happily over my favorite old trees. I see […]

Anxious for Nothing

God told us “do not fear” or “fear not” 365 times in the Bible. Do you think he knows us? Our bent towards harboring fear that settles in and paralyzes us from enjoying the abundant life he intends for us to live? There is an old towering tree in a clearing where I walk. To […]

Like a Lily

I couldn’t tell you a day lily plant from goldenrod the first spring we lived here. One would bloom and was welcomed like an old friend. One was relentlessly hunted and picked and discarded preferably before it could bloom. After a decade I can coherently identify many of the plants in the woods. Most days, […]

Walk with Me

“What if God wants us to ask him to walk with us again?” Things I think Walking in woods Chasing sleepy morning sun New day Clock ticking Walk slow awhile Before I must run Silence Gratitude. Pause. Say, God, I see you. (Smile) Please, walk with me today? The Lord will keep you from all […]

By Design

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. Henry David Thoreau Rain drops on purple flowers Swaths of forest green Scrumptious peace God’s good design seen Things that are real Purposed and planned Creator’s art on display Framing up hope for man One plus one Is always […]

Fox and Fawn

“Peace is liberty in tranquility.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero Tranquility is defined by Wordnik as “an untroubled state; free from disturbances” and “a state of peace and quiet”. The definitions resonate in my heart, while in reality, our world has many troubles with little peace and quiet. We have to work hard to create space for […]