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You Will Know that I Am the LORD (Nature’s Way)

Labor Day Sun on the Water

Labor Day sun on Lake Billy Chinook.

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

The dawn of human history began with Creator God introducing Himself to His most precious designs, Adam and Eve and placing them in the Garden He had prepared just for them. (Genesis 1-2) How I would love to have overheard the conversations that God and the first couple had while walking in the Garden (Genesis 3:8), but sadly the one conversation we do know about is when God confronted them with their first sin. Even though the relationship between God and mankind changed after sin entered the world, humanity still had an innate understanding of the relationship between humanity, deity and creation.

Even now, many people enjoy the beauty of nature and know that there must be a Creator much bigger than they are. Whether or not they have a personal relationship with God, most people understand the beauty and value of nature. To what extent they act upon the appreciation of nature varies greatly. Some people know God and worship Him in humble appreciation of the world He created. Psalms 8 and 19 are two examples of worship songs written in response to the majesty of nature. Others are not convinced of the existence of God as revealed in the Bible and have come up with a wide range of explanations for the origins of the universe and humanity.

Romans 1:20 states that “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (NIV) This is God’s way of telling us that we as humanity should be able to recognize the workmanship of God through His creation. Nature itself speaks of the majesty of God and the proper response to creation is through worship of the Creator God. It could be said that nature is God’s nice way of revealing Himself to humanity.

In these waning days of summer, take some time to get out in nature and enjoy the world that God made just for us! Thank Him and worship Him for all His handiwork; smell some flowers, breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds, the waves, the breeze through the trees and know that God is so very good!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to three boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside. Lisa is a member of the Central Oregon Writers Guild.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, studied Christian Apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon. 

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Biblical Marriages: Good, Bad and Ugly

Wedding Clip art

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Controversy Alert! Controversy Alert!

Although the oldest institution in the history of humanity is a hot issue, I would like to look at three marriages in the Bible: One good, one so-so and one that was just ugly. The good marriage is that between Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 12-21. Judging from the give-and-take in their story, this couple served as an excellent model of a marriage partnership among equals, even in the ancient world. They listened to each other and took each other’s advice, even if the outcome of one suggestion led to conflict in the Middle East that has yet to be resolved.

The second example of a so-so marriage is between the first married couple, Adam and Eve. Not that they had any choice of whom they would marry, but there are some indications that their marriage was mediocre at best. The first sign of trouble was still in the Garden of Eden when God confronted them with their sin (Genesis 3:11-13). Here is the first recorded history of finger-pointing. Adam blamed Eve indirectly, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” Sadly, the following chapter records the first murder involving two of their sons, Cain and Abel. These two unfortunate events indicate the first troubled home of many to come in this fallen world.

The last illustration shows a bad marriage in I Samuel 25, between Abigail and Nabal. Abigail is described as “intelligent and beautiful” while Nabal (“Fool”) is described as “surly and mean in his dealings.” I have to assume that Nabal was also abusive to Abigail. The guy was a jerk who messed with the wrong guy, David, who would be king. Abigail interceded on behalf of her husband and convinced David that killing her foolish husband would be a mistake. David backed down. When Nabal found out what had happened, he had a heart attack and died ten days later. Not all abusive marriages have such satisfying endings, but Abigail set a great example of wisdom and intelligence in dealing with not one, but two rash men.

The link in each instance is that these marriages had their difficulties, but the women acted with wisdom and understanding in making their marriages work, for better or for worse.

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

The Provider

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

When God created the world, He first planted an abundant garden before he ever formed Adam & Eve. Later on, He allowed 17 year old Joseph, the son of Israel, to be sold by his older brothers into slavery in Egypt. Little did any of them realize that many years later, those same brothers would be begging Joseph, now the Pharaoh’s right hand man, for food. Joseph did understand and told his brothers that what they had meant for evil, God meant for good, thus saving the lives of the entire family of Israel.

Over 400 years later, the nation of Israel, numbering in the millions, left Egypt and wandered in the desert for 40 years. God again miraculously cared for His people by raining manna (angel food), sending water from unlikely sources and preserving even the clothes and shoes of the people. I’m lucky if my shoes even last a year!

King David made an observation about God’s provision in Psalms 37:25:
“I have been young and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
nor His descendants begging bread.”

There are many more stories throughout the Bible of God’s supernatural provision for His people and Jesus also pointed out that if God takes such good care of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, He will take care of His people so much more (Matthew 6:26). Even the Lord’s Prayer includes, “Give us this day our daily bread.”(Matthew 6:11) We can count on God to supply our needs each and every day. He wants us to keep asking for His daily care; not as a reminder to Him, but to continually remind us that He is the source of  life and all good things.

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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