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Purpose of Creation

On Raising Plants and People

On Raising Plants and People

By T.K. My mother always liked to have plants and flowers in the house. When I got to college, my mother would always want to give me a plant to decorate my dorm room. I would accept them, but with a bit of hesitation. Later, it was always with regret that I would...

Wrong Side of the Mountain: Check Your Map

Wrong Side of the Mountain: Check Your Map

Check-in with God every day. Make sure your goals are in line with His vision for you. Otherwise, you could end up at the wrong destination. I was still just 20 when I climbed Mount Fuji. I went with a group, all of us young, impetuous, and ready for adventure....

Day Moon

Day Moon

By H.T. Two little girls took a walk after school. One looked up and exclaimed, “Look! The day moon is following me!” “Day moon” is what they call the moon that shows in the daytime. The second one looked up, too. “No, it’s following me!” They stopped and looked up...

Studying God’s Loving Design: Caterpillars

Studying God’s Loving Design: Caterpillars

If you do a Google search for “caterpillar to moth”, there are nearly 150,000 videos. And there are almost half a million videos of caterpillars turning into butterflies! This morning, I watched one of these with two of my kids. As we watched, I was reminded of the...

The Higher You Go, the Harder the Winds Blow: Be Ready

The Higher You Go, the Harder the Winds Blow: Be Ready

The following is a reflection on lessons from the natural world when a young boy and his brothers went on a hike to a local mountain. There is a trail in Washington called Poo Poo Point. Yes, “Poo Poo” Point! The name comes from the noise of the trains that used to...

One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

By H.A. The summit looked so far as it played peek-a-boo through the morning mist. It always does at the start of the journey. But H.A. was experienced enough to know that if you keep looking up at the summit, it was easy to get discouraged. The point was to start;...

God’s Love in Nature

God’s Love in Nature

At the beginning of the year, I drill my kids with one lesson: God Loves You Infinitely. I use all angles and examples to teach this. Look at yourself, how perfectly He designed you from your eyelashes to your toes, because He did it out of love. Explore nature, the...

Stop Floating, Start Swimming

Stop Floating, Start Swimming

The following is a reflection from a college student. He concludes that life is more fulfilling when we stop going with the flow and commit to living for a larger purpose.  I recently went on a very refreshing, beautiful hike in the wintry mountains of Washington...

Bringing Lessons Home from the Mountain Top

Bringing Lessons Home from the Mountain Top

Photo by Takae Goto Family Peace Association youth leadership programs usually include a segment held in the great outdoors, an adventure hike, or the like. This year was no exception and the hikers were given a chance to climb out to what was ominously dubbed “Blood...

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