Isn’t he cute? We found this Red-Spotted Newt on the trail down from McAfee’s Knob this summer. I didn’t know it at the time, but this little guy is just a teenager (more properly called an eft)! These newts are hatched in the water much like frog tadpoles, breathing with gills and not having more than two front nubs for legs. They grow and develop, and go through a metamorphosis to become land creatures, where they will live for at least two years. After spending a few years on land, the eft goes through another metamorphosis and becomes an adult, losing the bright coloring (but keeping its red spots). The adult newt returns to the water, where it can live another 10 years or so!
I think as we go through life on this earth as believers in Christ, we are all in the eft stage. We are not what we were, as “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun” (2 Corinthians 5)! At the same time, what we will be is not yet, but it’s coming!
…we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).
The best is yet to come!
What a mess! High waters carried along branches and debris, which were then caught in shrubs growing up between rocks out in the stream. Had the shrubs not grown up there, the mess would have been carried further downstream. Continue reading Get Rid of It!
“Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him–even those who pierced him” (Revelation 1:7).
“…they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).
We will see Him. Are you ready?
“No one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows” (Matthew 24:36).
We don’t know when, but we can be ready.
“And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us” (1 John 3:23).
“This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you” (2 Timothy 1:6).
What gift has God given you? Whatever it is, it’s not for you to keep to yourself. God’s people need you to use it! Exercise that gift, and grow it for the betterment of others.
My husband and I took five days in October to hike the mountains of western Massachusetts. We thought the autumn would be a beautiful opportunity to spend some time surrounded by the colors of the season. What we didn’t predict was the amount of leaves on the trail that became almost treacherous after the rain began! Added to the wet leaves were the wet rocks sometimes hidden beneath the leafy blanket. In spite of wearing great hiking boots, I wiped out more than one time when my footing was not as sure as I expected it to be. Continue reading Watch Your Step!
I love watching the sky during my commutes throughout the week. Every day provides a different scene with clouds carried along by invisible air currents. Even on clear, cloudless days the sky contains different hues of blue. Continue reading Eyes on the Skies