The other day Mr. Graham invited us to have a picnic and hike at a beautiful lake not far from home; he didn't have to ask us twice! We had a lovely picnic in the covered pavilion, then hiked down to the lake and back. The Japanese call spending time in the forest "tree bathing," and they claim that the trees offer healing from stresses and even strengthen the immune system against cancer cells (but we didn't need to be told this, did we?).
Our hike was not without hazards, however, as we soon discovered that the local tick population was out to have a picnic, as well (you can see AnnaMarie brushing one off in the photo below)!
It was still a wonderful time, despite the ectoparasites, and we made a lovely memory to treasure, as we made notes of our finds in our nature journals. Tasha even saw a turtle swimming in the lake!
We've recently purchased the book "Eat the Trees!" by Linda Runyon, and our eyes have been opened, yet again, to the abundance all around us, if we are open and receptive (and hungry enough!). There is no reason to panic or worry about starvation, were something drastic to happen the world around us, since God has promised to feed and clothe us as He does the sparrows and lilies.
If you are in a situation of apparent lack in your life, we would plead with you to keep the faith, keeping your eyes on the Lord and His greatness, and not on the problems around us. As we "magnify the Lord" in this way, we minimize those scary things that seem so big when we magnify them by constantly worrying and fretting about them. God is bigger than whatever you are up against, and you are His beloved child.