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Dirty Feet

“The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean.”

When we are saved, we are completely clean. From the tops of our head to the tips of our toes, we are clean and fresh and maybe even smell pretty good. We can walk confidently knowing our hair isn’t dredding itself, we don’t have any pit stains, and we aren’t stinking up the place.

But sometimes, we walk through mud. Our lives get messed up, and we dredge on through the muck, and our feet get dirty. Sometimes we stop watching where we are going and then we accidentally step off of our path and into, say, dog poop. And then our feet are dirty and smelly. Maybe we see someone out in the middle of a puddle, all covered in mud and dirt and we go to help them up, and in the process of walking over, we can’t help but getting our feet a little dirty. We can try to hop around on the clean rocks, but some of us are clumsier than others and we slip sometimes. And our feet get dirty

And I’m kind of a germophobe. If I step in something dirty, I feel dirty all over, and I’ll probably go home and take a shower. When I feel something gross on my feet, I feel like it has covered me entirely. But the truth is, only my feet are dirty. And I can’t clean them.

The History of Bees

"Something of God… flows into us from the blue of the sky, the taste of honey, the delicious embrace of water, and even from sleep itself.” - CS Lewis

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likeafieldmouse:

Holly Lynton - Bare Handed (2011)

Artist’s statement:

"I left New York for Massachusetts farm country in part to live the locavore life, defined mainly as eating locally, sustainably, and organically. What I hadn’t anticipated is how it is more often than not an extension of people’s spiritual lives.

In my photography, I was initially drawn to photographing individuals who confront dangers in nature, allowing themselves to be vulnerable. Examples of these are bee keepers who wear no protective clothing and catfish noodlers who fish for seventy pound catfish with their bare hands.

While photographing them, I watched them enter a transformative and meditative state that I see also exists in certain farm activities. I observed a reverence for nature rather than the absence of fear. Much of the current literature and film presents the negative sides of industrial farming without enough celebration of the positive aspects of small scale, sustainable, local, organic farms.”

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spiritualinspiration:

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed”(1 Peter 4:12–13, NIV)

It’s one thing to know that you’re going into a challenging season. You get prepared for it. You get mentally ready. But what about the difficulties that we don’t see coming? The unexpected crisis that catches us off-guard? Sometimes, it can seem so overwhelming that it almost knocks the wind right out of us.

The Scripture says that we shouldn’t be surprised by fiery trials. That’s because the forces of darkness would not be fighting against you if they didn’t know that God has something amazing in your future! Sometimes, those unexpected difficulties are just a sign that you’re on the right track. It’s always darkest just before the dawn appears. The enemy always fights the hardest when you are closest to your breakthrough. The key is to stay the course and keep fighting the good fight of faith. Keep your joy and keep declaring God’s Word over your future. God has promised that you will overcome every obstacle. You will defeat every enemy, and right now, I declare that you will fulfill your destiny in Jesus’ name!

(via spiritualinspiration)

Bind my wandering heart to Thee.

(Source: openyourheartandshine)

themodernexchange:

Kinfolk Story: Honey Harvest | Vimeo

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" Such is of the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere. "

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