Ancient Wisdom

I searched through a few handfuls of change, and only found one coin older than I am! But above the number, I saw these words:
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We love money because of what we can trade it for. Some things are necessary–food, clothing, and shelter, to begin with. But when we put our trust in it to save us from catastrophe, we’re on a sinking ship!

Money is a tool to be used wisely. Any tool used foolishly can be a cause of destruction, intended or not.

“In God We Trust” has been imprinted on U.S. coins since 1864. That seems like a long time ago! But trust misplaced has been an issue for much longer. The Israelites of old watched God deliver them time and again, without the use of their wallets. David wrote, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7). They may not have been in the same playing field in the eyes of the nations surrounding them, but they knew where their strength and deliverance came from!

Next time you have money in your hand, remember…”IN GOD WE TRUST.”

Photo Challenge: Numbers

Spare Fuzzy Slipper, Anyone?

I walked by a number of these Pink Lady’s Slippers in the woods this morning. Quite an interesting flower!

Did you know that Lady’s Slippers will only grow in the presence of a certain fungus in the soil? The fungus breaks open the seed and attaches to it, and passes on food and nutrients. Once the flower is older and making its own food, it will return the favor, feeding the fungus through its roots!

It’s a sneaky flower, too. In order to get pollinated, it tricks bees inside with its bright color and sweet smell. Once inside, there is no nectar! The bee is rewarded for visiting by being allowed to leave via the exit door, conveniently located near the pollen the flower needs to exchange.

God’s creation is full of surprises!

This is my second entry into the Photo Challenge: Spare as I had too much fun with it! Thank you for visiting.