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It's Everywhere, In Everything
February 24, 2014

Boil the water till further notice.

You guessed it, a water main burst.

The extreme cold is costly in more ways than one.

I'm sure many of you have experienced this at least once.

I little glitch, no worries here.

How can a person have worries.........

I'm pumped.

Only 10 months till Christmas.

Be on your best behavior.

A reason to be happy :-)

Even though winter has returned with a vengeance, we were blessed with a couple of days this past week with full sun, and temperatures in the 40's.

Talk about lifting up the human spirit, that was exactly what the doctor ordered.

A little reminder that spring is around the corner.

Cardinals were singing their love songs.

Woodpeckers are pounding away.

True signs that spring is coming.

Robins have been here all winter long, I can't say spring arrives until, they stop feeding on berries and drop to the ground to feed on worms. Still, it is the little gifts from our Creator that we often take for granted.

Soon we will be Growing vegetable, flowers, and Gardening for Wildlife.

Creating and fine tuning our little habitats.

Our lives have become filled with busyness. We become distracted and ignore the gifts around us.

Why does it take a sunny day for you and me to pause and give thanks?

Should it take a 'breath taking moment' or 'jaw dropping landscape' to stop us in our tracks?

Beauty is all around us.

Everyday we are surrounded by the 'Pulchritude of Creation'.

The sights and sounds of nature.

We stop to watch a hummingbird, but ignore the Bumble bee that scientists insist should not be able to fly.

We notice the buds on trees as they swell open on the trees after a long winter.

Then we hardly give them a second look until the leaves begin to change colors.

Do you ever stop to consider the miracle of a seed?

To this day, the scientific world can't tell you how the whole process works.

Ah, the beauty of God's handy work in a simple, miraculous, seed.

The complex beauty that creates your flowering plants and vegetables.

The complex nature of the rain, earth, and sun that makes them grow.

Do you take for granted, or complain when they don't flower, or when the rain doesn't come?

Yes, you and I are surrounded everyday by Creation and its beauty.

What about God's best creation?

You and me. When God created the heaven and the earth, he called it good (Genesis 1:25)

After He created man and woman, he saw all He created and called 'Very Good.' (Genesis 1:31).

Beauty to behold.

Do you pause and give thought to the great responsibilities bestowed us?


Protecting beauty.

Winters like this one don't come along very often.

Yet there is beauty to be seen in it.

Records and near record amounts of snow in some locations.

And every snow flake is different. (That in itself should take your breath away.)

Record breaking cold snaps and number of sub zero days in Northern Minnesota.

Ice caves along the Great Lakes.

Snow donuts in Ohio and other regions

There was near record amounts of ice on the Great Lakes.

According to NOAA, on February 13, 2014, 88.4% of the Great Lakes was ice covered.

Only 1979 at 94.7% ice covered, and 1994, at 90.7 ice covered.

However, official records only go back 40 years.

Rain and some localized flooding (this past week).

Thunder snow, and more winter.

Floods out west.

Every so often, I think God lets us know who is really in control.

An Epic winter like this one should help remind us, that He indeed is in charge.

I doubt that it will slow down the 'Global Warming' crowd, however.

You never heard a thing last year about the Polar Ice Cap

According to many (lead by Al Gore), the Polar cap would probably be gone by 2013

By September of 2013, the Ice field was greatly expanding.

Now who knows what is going on?

Who is really in control?

Thank your Creator for all you have.

Friends, family, everything.

The world around you, and your wildlife gardens.

There is indeed beauty in most everything.

We only need to look.

Yes, there is beauty, even in the coldest, and snowiest of winters.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive quote for the week.

God Bless.

I've discovered that when we take time to renew our minds with God's Word,
we learn to think like God thinks,
say what God says,
and act like He wants us to act.

Joyce Meyer

But those who hope in the Lord
Will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
They will run and not grow weary,
They will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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