Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday's Words

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"I have said these things to you,
that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation.
But take heart; I have overcome the world."

- John 16:33, ESV

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday's Thought

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"Whoever confesses
that Jesus is the Son of God,
God abides in him,
and he in God."

- 1 John 4:15, ESV

The truest blessing in this life is following Jesus Christ and being a Son of God. My life has been one of contentment and happiness while going through many life's events. 

As I've gone through life, I've noticed everything seems to get more complicated and complex. However, God's Gift of Salvation to us never changes and it's probably one of the simplest things we can do, no complicated complex secret code which only the brightest and smartest can figure. 

We simply Admit, Believe, and Confess, A-B-C- as illustrated in the following graphic- 

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Planning to Create A Wildlife Garden

"American Robin Looking for Worms!"
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Now is the time to finish up the sketches and plans for your wildlife garden. You’ll want to break ground as soon as possible whether you do the work or hire someone.

A wildlife garden is a different than others because it will have a more natural design and is very beautiful in the native landscape.Where other gardens tend to have a specific design where plants will go, the wildlife garden allows a more natural flow to it.  Think about those walks in the woods or trips to the mountains, God didn’t place plants in a 1-2-3 order- think how boring that would be- and He knew it would be!

Research local Botanical gardens and go visit one or two.  Take a long leisurely stroll around to learn what you would like in your backyard.  I went to Green Spring Park in Alexandria, VA and to a local park when I could get back to nature and lean what I like about what I saw!  In one wildlife garden I created, I had a dry stream bed to help with drainage with a wooden bridge crossing over it.

When you look at the space in your yard where you be creating the wildlife garden, you need to consider many factors:

  • Wildlife- what type of wildlife are you likely to see in your yard looking for food and water?  Do you want to feed a specific species like birds and butterflies or do you want to feed every critter which comes by? 
  • Keep in mind, if you have children, you might not want to create a garden which could attract skunks or possiums or snakes.  My yard is next to a few where snakes reside so I don’t create rock piles which could cause them to nest and too much excitement for my heart. 
  • Remember, some species of wildlife will come back to your yard repeatedly for food.  If you do not want them to start, do not start feeding them. 

  • What type of garden area would you to create?  Do you want to have a meadow of wildflowers, a pond, a dry stream bed or a mix of them all.  
  • Do you want to incorporate trees and leaves like you’d see along a trail in the woods in your garden?
  • How much space do you have to use from a wildlife garden?  Can you fit all your favorite items in it or do you need to par it down?

As I love nature, enjoy being in the outdoors as much as I possibly can and love hiking through the woods, I decided to create a wildlife garden.  This one is my third and will be the best of what I learned from the other three.

"Wildlife Garden"
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