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Through the Waters

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When Thou Passest Through the Waters

“When thou passest through the waters”

Deep the waves may be and cold,

But Jehovah is our refuge,

And His promise is our hold;

For the Lord Himself hath said it,

He the faithful God and true;

“When thou comest to the waters

Thou shalt not go down, BUT THROUGH.”

 

Seas of sorrow, seas of trial,

Bitterest anguish, fiercest pain,

Rolling surges of temptation

Sweeping over heart and brain—

They shall never overflow us

For we know His Word is true;

All His ways and all His billows

He will lead us safely through.

 

Threatening breakers of destruction,

Doubt’s insidious undertow,

Shall not sink us, shall not drag us

Out to ocean depths of woe;

For His promise shall sustain us,

Praise the Lord, whose Word is true,

We shall not go down, or under,

For He saith, “thou passest THROUGH.”

 

– Annie Johnson Flint

 

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“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings….”  Hebrews 10:22

“I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.”  Isaiah 44:3

“But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord…” Psalm 73:28

“…Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”  Luke 18:1

“…Ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”  John 16:24

“He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.” Psalm 91:15

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  Isaiah 41:10

“…And God Himself will be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death…  Behold, I make all things new.”  Revelation 21:3,4

” These little troubles (which are really so transitory) are winning for us a permanent, glorious and solid reward out of all proportion to our pain.”  II Corinthians 4:17  J.B.Phillips

 

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The month of October has been so beautiful here in Western New York, I have enjoyed trying to capture some of the color and some of our labors on the farm.

 

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Penny enjoys being a part of canning days in our farm kitchen.

 

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Above, are the aronia berries I was canning for juice, and below are the warm-colored jars of  hot peppers and salsa from our garden.

 

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The jeweled colors collecting on the canning shelves in our basement make me smile with thankfulness for the abundance we’ve been given.

 

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Sometimes you will find an autumn bouquet on our table.  This one has pretty patterned zinnias, marigolds, snapdragons, and lavender-colored autumn crocus accented by parsley leaves.

 

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Sometimes you will find a messy project like tomato sauce in the making.

 

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Or mounds of our own grass fed beef being weighed and wrapped for the freezer.

 

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This is an early morning shot showing the soft colors of a waking world growing light.

 

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And here is an evening shot of the geese honking against a glowing sky.

 

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I love the magnificence of this grand old walnut tree.

 

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And the fullness of the golden maple tree.

 

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These leaves may be spotted and imperfect, but they lend their beauty to the world just the same.

 

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The arbor of wisteria vines is turning a pretty yellow above its twisting branches.

 

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The cosmos are towering over the garden fence, nodding in the breeze.

 

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We aren’t the only ones putting up food for the winter ahead.

 

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Now join me for a little walk through the vegetable garden.  The cherry tomatoes are a favorite snack as we pass by.  A pet chicken has kept the bottom branches cleared of fruit as it ripens, so its a good thing this vine is growing on a trellis so we can claim the top ones for ourselves!

 

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The queer shape of the romanesco broccoli is fascinating.

 

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The nasturtiums are bright and vibrant even after the frost has touched them.

 

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Its time to get dirty and dig the potatoes.  Do you see the little fellows that were overturned also in that soft soil?

 

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The pretty garlic bulbs have been drying up in the hay mow.  Once the outer skin is brushed away, they are a clear, smooth white color.

 

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The Rat-a-Tat-Cat is on farm patrol.  Her fur is growing in so thick and soft for the cold days ahead.

 

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While surrounded by all this beauty, we know that without a doubt, the Father above delights to shower us with His blessings.

Please know that you are loved always.

Its written in the autumn colors.

 

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One autumn, several years ago, we found a wee baby snapping turtle.  He had hatched from his leathery egg not long before.  What a fascinating little creature!

 

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We liked to turn him over and see his shell in the shape of a vest underneath.  He was a friendly little guy, and seemed to enjoy all the attention he was getting.

 

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How do you do, handsome Little Snapper?

 

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Some day you will grow big, but for the moment, you are just my size.

 

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Come sit on my lap and lets be friends.

 

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We called this visit “All creatures great and small” because – look who we found next.

 

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A giant of a toad!

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Grumph.  No, I most certainly will NOT sit on your lap.

Thank you very much.

 

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And you shan’t sit on mine.

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Farewell.

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Dear Lord, when things get hectic and living seems so hard;

I just go out and sit awhile within my own backyard.

For there it’s quiet and peaceful; beneath the shady trees,

And sunlight through the branches accompanies every breeze.

 

 

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There are a dozen shades of green designed to please the eye.

Chubby squirrels and hummingbirds, a golden butterfly.

The honeysuckle’s perfume permeates the air,

And though I do not see Him, I know God is there.

 

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The sky so high above my head is an electric blue,

And there are lazy cotton clouds with nothing else to do

But sail across the heavens.  And yet I know that I

Was given hope whose sturdy wings were also meant to fly.

 

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This old world that we inhabit is much the worse for wear.

Beauty fades so quickly and hearts forget to care.

But somehow I’ve discovered within my own backyard

A peaceful sanctuary… in which I find the Lord.

~  by Grace E. Easley

 

 

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Penny is perched here on our front porch with her binoculars, glassing that big tree across the road.

 

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Because it was in this very tree that we saw an eagle perching recently.

Yes, a real live eagle that lives nearby.

Here, in the pictures I took then, you see him high in that same tree, flanked by crows that were there to pester him.

 

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By zooming in as far as I could with my camera I was able to capture him like this…

 

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Wow, MAJESTIC!!

“of lofty dignity; stately; grand.”

 

 

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Here is a video I took as he sat there on that windy day, with those crows pestering him.  It is so amazing to see him alive and responsive.  Just look at that beak!

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By reading the Sibley Guide to Birds, we learn that a bald eagle can be 31″ in length, have a wing span of 80″ (nearly 7 feet), and weigh 9.5 lbs.  It can take 4-5 years to acquire adult coloring – that is the white head and yellow beak.

 

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Not far from our house at the Wildlife Refuge there is a nesting eagle.

My parents love to take part in watching and monitoring this nest.

They took these following pictures over there.

 

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Though in that previous picture, the nest looks almost like another weed head, it really is a huge structure far up in that tree.

 

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This nest originally was an osprey nest, a rather loose and bulky affair, but as the eagles arrive in our area first from their winter migration, this pair claimed the nest and added their own touches to fill it out.

 

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Adult male and female eagles look alike and take turns sitting on the eggs.

Usually two eggs are laid.

 

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Did you see that little head poking up?

Keeping the little ones fed is a full time job as they grow.

 

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Here is what the Refuge looks like this time of year as we watch the buds swell on the trees.  Soon the green will come.

 

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If you look over at this row of pine trees, you will see that I boxed in the location of the eagles’ own original nest.

 

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Since the eagles have moved to larger quarters,

someone else took up residence in this vacated nest…

 

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Now, what do you think of that?  A Canada Goose!

I looked that up in The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior and found that though Canada Geese often nest on the ground, they do at times choose unusual nest sites such as old eagle or osprey nests.

My, my!  Dad says that the little goslings better watch out for that first step, its bound to be a BIG one.

 

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Almost Majestic.

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“You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians,

and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.”

Exodus 19:4

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