Insider Radical Faith Secrets For Any Jesus Followers

What does “radical” mean and why as Christians are we called to be radical followers of Jesus?

This is how it feels to be radical. Photo by Clique Images on Unsplash

Radical: “very different from the usual or traditional”
“favoring extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions, or institutions” ~ Merriam Dictionary

Stepping out

You can read a little bit about this here:

Stepping back

Suffice to say that we decided on that sabbatical to look into selling.

Nine months later and many setbacks, we successfully sold the business.

Now what?

We decided to move away from our home town, up to the trees and the lakes. We decided to take on a project of building our own home. Hubby always loves building and plans so this kept him very occupied and happy. We even renovated a cottage at the same time.

However, when all was said and done and we moved in we said:

What now?

The next step

We ran our B & B for four years. We found it fascinating to meet new people, discussing various subjects at breakfast. Finding out about different lands, and different ideas enlightened our thinking.

Step back again

So we closed down that enterprise.

Those are just a few of our radical moves in this life. I didn’t even count the one about our early marriage.

You can read about that here:

Jesus calls us

That book started me thinking of what my life would be like if I completely listened to God. And not only listened but did what He said.

Yes, you can travel to Poland — God said

My heart started to pound. I really felt this might be something I should do.

BUT:

I had so many buts.

  • I had never travelled alone.
  • I had never eaten out alone.
  • I didn’t know any of these people and I am shy (was shy).
  • I had recently decided to follow Jesus (around the time of selling our company) and didn’t think I knew enough about Christ to help.
  • I had food allergies and environmental allergies.

I kept hearing — GO. Different times I would see the same post. I had to find out more. But that meant emailing someone. NO, I didn’t think I could do that. And it was someone I didn’t know.

The push

When God really wants you to do something, He makes it very clear.

This notion of going to Poland would not leave me.

I went to bed thinking about it. I woke up thinking about it.

I couldn’t take it anymore. I wrote the email.

After many back and forth conversations, talking with my hubby and lots of praying, I decided to take that step and go. I had to go on training as well. That’s another story.

Results

My first mission trip to Poland.

Living radically means listening to God.

Are you hesitant?
Is there something you feel called to do but are afraid?
Is God placing a call on your life — and you are holding back?

May I suggest you talk with your Pastor or a mentor?

Spend time in God’s Word and in prayer.

Remember to listen to His answer and how He speaks to you.

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Why Is Asking Forgiveness So Important?

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Anger only makes us sick. Learn forgiveness. Pixabay photo

I think forgiveness is the hardest thing to do. I have been in that situation a few times. I found that when I didn’t forgive, my muscles were tight, sickness invaded my system easier and my bones ached. So much for hurting anyone but myself. When I forgave (this doesn’t mean you have to agree with the person or even like them) the person or situation, I became free.

I am reading the Bible in three years.

Today’s scriptures, to me, focused on forgiveness. Another day I may see something else.

Romans 1:1–7

We are told that we are set apart, called to be saints. To be a saint really means we are holy — because of Christ. Nothing we have done. Paul states this to all of Rome. Everyone can belong to God.

And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: (Romans 1:6–7, NIV)

Psalm 51

After we are restored to God, we are expected to tell others. But who are able to come to God? — those with broken spirits and contrite hearts. They have sought forgiveness either from others or from God.

I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice. (Psalm 51:17, MSG)

“Heart-shattered lives ready for love” — open, and free.

Jonah 3:1–10

Jonah listened to God (finally) and proclaimed the truth to Nineveh, warning of their destruction.

What did the Ninevites do?

All the people and the king fasted. They wore sackcloth — a sign of repentance. They prayed to God to forgive them. And they gave up their evil way.

Result?

God had compassion and there was no destruction.

God saw what they had done, that they had turned away from their evil lives. He did change his mind about them. What he said he would do to them he didn’t do. (Jonah 3:10, MSG)

After I had read the passages, I wrote my thoughts.

  1. Obedience to God is important and can change lives.
  2. God is compassionate.
  3. God hears people cry out to Him.
  4. God listens to our hearts.
  5. True repentance can bring reconciliation with God.

Who are you angry at?
What is there in your heart that might not be pleasing to God?
Search yourselves.

Ask forgiveness.

Kimberly Payne writes about forgiveness.

How many times a day do we need to ask forgiveness?

Once per transaction. Then Jesus covers you.

Thank You Jesus, that You are right here. I don’t need my transgressions to build until I can tell a priest. You are the High Priest that will hear and answer immediately.

I love the verse from Micah. In Micah 6:8

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously — take God seriously. (MSG)

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (NIV)

I love The Message: “Take God seriously.”

When I went to God in prayer, this is the poem I heard.

Forgiveness

Anger eats away at our souls
Crusty, hard, judgmental

Warm your hearts
Embrace the compassion of God.

Anger builds walls
Love embraces

Confession breaks down walls
God forgives

Hearts are restored
Healing happens
Life returns
God is connected

©Janis Cox 2020

May I pray for you and me?

Lord, You see inside us. Help us to see what You see so we can confess. Break open our hearts to the truth so we can be healed. We ask forgiveness for …. [fill it in]. Thank You that You hear us. Thanks for reconnecting with us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

What Does God Desire of Me and You?

God sees all. God created us and knows us intimately

Psalm 15:10

From YouVersion – Psalm 51:10

Today as I read the three passages from the Bible, (I am reading through the Bible in three years) I saw this theme.

God knows us well.

Isaiah 58:1-12

What a powerfully packed lesson. I want to read it again and again.

Today, once again, I see pride as something that God detests. He mentions those who are upset with God when an answer doesn’t come to their liking. He doesn’t like them asking pridefully, “We fasted, and we humbled ourselves, and You didn’t listen or answer.”

But they also complain, ‘Why do we fast and you don’t look our way? Why do we humble ourselves and you don’t even notice?’ “Well, here’s why: “The bottom line on your ‘fast days’ is profit. You drive your employees much too hard. (Isaiah 58:3, MSG)

But God explains that their fasting was a show when in reality they were not acting in God’s way – they exploited others, they quarrelled.

Their fast was for “show”.

And when they humbled themselves they did that in a showy way by lying on sackcloth and ashes.

What does God suggest instead?

Once again it comes back to love God and love your neighbour.

so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ 31 And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.” (Mark 12:30-32, MSG)

God wants us to loose the chains of injustice, untie chords of yoke, and set oppressed free.

Break the chains of abuse

Isaiah 58:6 Loose the chains of injustice

How can we do this?

God gives us the means.

Share food.

Give shelter.

Give clothing.

Those are the basic needs of life. If people don’t have those we need to help.

In Matthew 6:1-6 and 16-21

We are told not to brag about doing things that we feel God wants us to do. For instance, giving is important. But not telling what we give. God knows it anyway. And we are to please Him and not try to be noticed.

The same can be said for fasting. If we fast, we do it in secret too. Secret to the world – but not to God.

And having things we don’t need – storing up stuff here on earth. Instead, we are to look for those things that please God and store up them.

I love the way the Message tells us how to do these things.

“When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face.

God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.

A Life of God-Worship

“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or – worse! – stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. (Matthew 6:16-21, MSG) Bolding mine.

Psalm 51:1-17

Confession. This is one spot we forget. I do too. I like the ACTS way of praying because it reminds me that confession is a part of prayer.

Adoration

Confession

Thanksgiving

Supplication (praying for ourselves and others)

This Psalm has the scripture that I memorized. Make a clean heart in me, O Lord.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10, ESV)

What does God desire of me?

A broken spirit (confession)

A broken and contrite heart – seeing what God wants and not what I want.

And it talks about God knowing us – our inner beings, our secrets. 

Because He made us, He knows us. Psalm 139:13-14

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13, NIV)

He wants a humble people. Not a proud people.

What did I learn?

We must see ourselves as God sees us. That means I need to remember to confess, because what I see God sees and what I do, God sees. And I know some of the things He sees in me is not to His liking.

Our hearts have to be softened. I need to think more about others.

Humility is important. So, don’t brag about anything.

And lastly, I want to help others with the basic needs of life.

What can I do?

A few practical things to start.

Go through my closet again and getting rid of clothes I do not wear.

Pray for inspiration of how to help people get their basic needs.

Confess daily those little things that God sees and I ignore.

What will you do?

I would love to hear your decisions. If we work on this together and encourage each other, without bragging, God will see us and be pleased.

May I pray for you and me?

Lord Jesus, thank You for showing us today the way we are to live. Thank You that You see and listen to us. Help us to be humbler and in tune with Your ways. Help us love our neighbours. Help us be aware of opportunities to serve others. In Your name. Amen.

Finding Fun in Painting and Haiku

Photo from Unsplash by Tim Artebury

This photo is exactly how I see myself — Maybe with a notebook on the side too. Photo by Tim Arterbury  on Unsplash

I am finding it encouraging to paint pictures and write Haiku

I love writing Haiku because my thoughts are short but go right to the heart of the matter.

My paintings are becoming looser as I let God help me relax and let the paint flow.

I have heard many people say they can’t paint but I love this quote:

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
― Vincent Willem van Gogh

Thrive

To write and to paint
Both help my life to flourish
No striving — living

Here are 5 paintings with Haiku

Hunger

Its flight path straight
The hummingbird heads with speed
Sweet nectar awaits

Hummingbird

Hummingbird Watercolour by Janis Cox

Freedom

Light and fanciful
Bobbing along and carefree
Delightful seahorse

Seahorse

Seahorse Watercolour by Janis Cox

Alone

Orchid, strong perfect
Simplicity of design
Noble creation

Orchid

Orchid Watercolour by Janis Cox

Bloom

Arose from a hub
A cactus flower springs forth
Spring in the desert

Desert Cactus

Desert Cactus Watercolour by Janis Cox

Smile

Golden beauty glows
Nods its head to the daylight
A smiling sunflower

Sunflowers

Sunflowers Watercolour by Janis Cox

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God, How Long Will You Let the Wicked Get Away With Murder?

Psalm 94:3

On studying Psalm 94:3 I wrote this poem.

Psalm 94:3

How long?
How long, Lord?

The plea of those without hope
I am sure they are crying out to You, Lord
I can hear their cries of anguish

Rescue them, Lord

Keep the police informed
Help the officials and those working to stop trafficking and slavery
Find and charge the perpetrators

Change the hearts of those who do this evil
Just like Paul was blinded by the light of Jesus.
Do the same to these men, women, whoever

Blind them and make them see the Light
Make them hear Your Words

Make them STOP

Open all eyes to know when something is not right
Help us to help stop this
Open hearts to give, every little bit helps
Open hearts to join all groups that work
To bring justice to the downtrodden

Free the captives
Open doors to new lives of freedom
Help restore lives

My anguish is real
My heart is sore
My head hurts

Why oh Lord?
How long must this go on?
Why do people hurt others?

Why must they have this power?

Help the officials find them
Help them rescue the abused
Use your Power oh Lord

Burst their balloons!
Make them deflate

Restore lives

©Janis Cox 2019

Join me in fighting against human trafficking.

Dressember

Dressember is one way to advocate against human trafficking. Your pennies can help. In the US donate here. In Canada donate here.

I am wearing a dress and a button every day in December to talk to people and raise funds for advocacy about human trafficking.

Here are a few pictures of my first few days.

I know – nothing matches.

But it sure causes conversation and that’s what I am trying to do. And it’s cool here.

Psalm 94

This was the wildest!!

Can you help?

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For a number of years, the thought of one person controlling, abusing and hurting another has bothered me. When I first heard of human trafficking, I thought only of those in third world countries. Wrong, it’s happening here in Canada too and in the US.

We need to spread the word and get more people noticing what is happening so we can stop this abuse.

Last year I drew yellow pictures with scriptures for the month of November to help IJMCanada.

When Will This Abuse Stop Lord?

I am joining with Dressember – IJM – International Justice Mission Canada this year.

“IJM partners with local authorities in 19 program offices in 11 countries to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and other forms of abuse against people who are poor.”

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What Truths Are You Willing to Die For?

A Look at the Tiny Book of Jude

What is truth? What are truths in your faith that you stand on?

Photo by author — personal Bible

Jude

Jude is the shortest book in the Bible — only 25 verses. I read it this morning in three versions. Then we studied it in church.

What a powerful little book it is.

Background

Jude was one of Jesus’ brothers along with three others. Stepbrothers actually, as Jesus was not born from Joseph. James, Joseph, Simon and Judas (Jude). [Mark 6:3 and Matthew 13:55–56] They were not following Jesus before His death.

But all the brothers became leaders in the first Jewish Christian communities.

Jude was a travelling missionary evangelist. And this book is written to a church in crisis. In his writing, he assumes that this church has a massive knowledge of Jewish scriptures as well as the Apocrypha. The Book of Enoch is found in that body of work.

Churches in crisis

Every church faces some sort of crisis. We have been in 4 churches and each one has had some type of crisis. Usually, the crises are based on financial matters, leadership or people vying for power.

Jude knew he had to speak to this church or group of churches with the power of Christ.

The first 4 verses and last verse are appeals to the church. The middle is filled with warnings.

Called

So we know we have been called. You didn’t find Jesus. He found you. You might have been searching as I had been. But in the end, Jesus came to me and revealed Who He is.

Kept for Jesus

I love this. We are kept as a gift for Jesus. God gave us to Him. He is the Bridegroom and the Church is His bride.

Jesus keeps me from stumbling, He keeps me on my feet.

What was God doing through Jude for His church?

Fighting for the faith

What truths are there worth dying for? There are many doctrines and ideas in the Church. But which ones are important to you? I think I agree with our pastor that these are the things most important to my faith.

  1. Jesus led a sinless life.
  2. Jesus died on the cross.
  3. Jesus rose — The resurrection
  4. Jesus is coming back.

Find out what is essential to your belief.

Modern-day “truths”

First, there were books, and now the Internet are full of “truths’’. What people believe to be true.

But when our faith is at stake, then our salvation is also at stake.

Watch out for books, even ones that have scripture in them. Be aware of whether they are biblical or not. Or are they pulling scripture to match their own thoughts? Are they adding worldly thoughts and ideas, such as astronomy?

The real truth

What is the real truth?

It’s all about Jesus. We need to fly the banner of Jesus.

When we gather under Jesus, all our differences disperse. Jesus pulls diverse people together.

How can we know the truth?

First of all, we know that the Holy Spirit will guide us in all truth.

Our faith has always been threatened from within the Church.

“I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.” (Acts 10:29, NIV)

How can we contend for the faith?

Learn how to feed yourselves on a daily basis.

Don’t count on a weekly sermon to feed you fully and satisfy you. You need to work out your faith in fear and trembling.

Work it out means to do something about it

We need to build spiritual muscle. If we don’t know the scriptures we can easily be led astray.

Let’s trust the Holy Spirit

Listening to God through the Holy Spirit will not lead you astray. We don’t want to rest on human wisdom but on God’s power.

Bible Art by Janis Cox.

Stuck on Jesus

Saturday I wrote about being stuck on Jesus. I talked about God’s Word being like a kaleidoscope. So many colours. So many ideas. Such power.

How Stuck Do You Want to Be to Jesus?
Day 30 in “Draw the Circle” by Mark Batterson — Abide in Me
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May I pray for you and me?

Help us, Lord Jesus, to contend for the faith. To learn more by being in Your Word and praying. Help us to help others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

From You Tube.


What Can Be Learned From a Feast With Fish?

A lesson in abundant living with Jesus

‘Come and have breakfast,’ Jesus said. None of the disciples dared ask Him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord. – Free Bible Images

I haven’t had much time to write in the past week. We travelled to our winter residence in Arizona this past week. Getting ready, flying, opening up the house and shopping all take time.

I think I am finally able to sit at the computer and write.

This morning I painted the first Bible art I had done in a while. I read Oswald Chambers and got to thinking about the verse he quoted.

Luke 10:17–20

“All the same, the great triumph is not in your authority over evil, but in God’s authority over you and presence with you. Not what you do for God but what God does for you — that’s the agenda for rejoicing.” (The Message)

The disciples had just returned from a successful mission. They had been able to cast out demons and heal the sick. They were excited.

But Jesus cautioned them.

Remember you didn’t do these miracles. God did.

How often do we think we did something in our own strength?
How often do we think how smart we are, what a great idea I thought up?

Oswald Chambers is very clear about this too.

The one great challenge to us is — do I know my risen Lord? Do I know the power of His indwelling Spirit?

What does God want us to do?

I am sure some of these things might please Him. But they are not what He needs from us.

Do we know that Jesus has authority over everything? And do we know we need to yield to Him and no one else?

“Am I wise enough in God’s sight but foolish enough according to the wisdom of the world to trust in what Jesus has said?” ~ (Oswald Chambers)

A lesson

John 21:1–25

According to our pastor, this last chapter of John is full of questions, humour, and powerful teaching.

Here we have the disciples who have loved and followed Jesus for the past years, all of a sudden bereft — their rabbi, the one they believed was the Saviour, the Messiah, had been brutally murdered. They were alone. They were probably laughed at and scorned.

So what did they do?

They went fishing.

Sometimes we do that too — right? When we have had a failure or feel like we have been let down — we return to what felt good before. I am sure anyone who has an addiction knows that feeling. I can’t do it the new way so I need to return to what I did before.

There were the disciples — out fishing at night. All night. And nothing. Not one fish did they catch all night.

Then they hear a voice say, “Cast your nets on the other side of the boat.” I am sure they had tried both sides all through the night. But this time when they released the net into the water — their net is filled to the brim, 153 fish, and the net didn’t break!

What does that mean?

God provides.

During the time Jesus was on earth He was showing everyone what it looked like when God’s rule was on earth.

These signs were normality with Jesus.

Abundance

Another was the loaves and fish. Not only did they end up with enough to feed the 5000 but they had lots left over. (John 6:1–14)

There is no scarcity when Jesus is in charge.

Everything that you do — all you have, is a gift from God. This is so anti-the world. The world is all about self-help, self-love, fixing it up in your own strength. Work hard and all will be well. That doesn’t mean we don’t work hard but it’s God who gives us the energy, the passion and the ability to do the work.

Everything is His. We are the stewards.

Nowadays many politicians prey on the fear of scarcity to get their points across. They talk of running out of everything.

We need to remember

We are finite. God is infinite.

A God of abundance is NOT the prosperity gospel. This is the fact that with God there is abundance from Him.

“You can’t fish well without Me,” says Jesus.

North American culture

We also need to balance our faith with conservative management. God gave us brains to be wise stewards of our talents and our finances. There is a tension between faith and management. We need to pray about it — to find the right balance.

Scarcity vs abundancy

When we take communion we need to see our need for Jesus.

Everything comes from the hand of Jesus.

Jesus is present and powerful and spiritual during communion. He is our Provider and our Sustainer. We need to allow ourselves to come to the table ready to recognize His presence (like Peter when he recognized Jesus on the shore).

“Jesus said, ‘Breakfast is ready.’ Not one of the disciples dared ask, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Master.” (John 21:12, The Message)

It’s hard to see the comparison to bread — as North Americans with full freezers of food. We don’t live on our daily bread.

But if you listen to Jesus you will see the truth. With Him, we can have abundance.

What are you allowing God to do through you?
Can you give Him your all?
Can you make Him your One and Only?

Jesus is life! Life abundantly.

“I [Jesus] came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV)

Blessings,
Janis

May I pray for you and me?

Thanks to Pastor Rick Thiemke at Via Church for a spirit-filled message today.

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What Do You Know About Saving the Bees?

Watercolour by Janis Cox (in Tadeo Turtle)

I love butterflies and hummingbirds. I realize the importance of bees. There is a serious danger of these fragile creatures dying. I love to paint all three.

You and I can help save the bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Want to make your yard a haven for bees and butterflies?

Two tips: don’t use pesticides containing neonicotinoids or don’t use any pesticides, and be careful where and which plants you buy.

Neonicotinoids are poison to bees (and harmful to butterflies and hummingbirds, too)

I found it extremely difficult to find plants last year that were neonic free.

There is good new s— Big chains are taking action. April 2019.

“That could be another reason the number of companies taking action is on the rise. Today, big chains with garden centers like Home Depot, Walmart, Ace Hardware and True Value are making good on pledges to stop selling neonicotinoid-treated products, from seeds to live plants (Earth Day Challenge for Gardeners).”

What happens to the bees when they ingest this poison?

Bees behaviour changes

Lack of hygiene

In a proper colony, bees are very clean and tidy. They like to keep any dead or sick bees out of the nest. When worker bees have been in touch with a neonic their behaviour changes. Then the other bees get sick and in time the colony declines. Sometimes their brains are affected and they lose their way home.

The Queen dies

If the queen dies and a replacement can’t be found, there are no longer any eggs laid. Without eggs, there are no future bees.

What other components work with the neonicotinoid?

Studies have shown that fungicides on their own do not affect the bee population. But mixed with the neonics, this combination significantly enhances mortality of bees.

“Other labs had shown that fungicides make neonicotinoids more toxic, so Zayad’s team tested them, too. Neither the most common herbicide (linuron) nor the most common fungicide (boscalid) affected worker bee mortality on their own. But when the bees were exposed to the fungicide in combination with the neonicotinoid clothianidin, it took half as much of the chemicals to kill as many bees. The same applied if clothianidin was swapped with another neonicotinoid, thiamethoxam” (Neonicotinoid Pesticides).

Why save the wild bees?

It is not just about honey. Honey bees usually are kept in controlled conditions even when on small farms. But they still travel for their nectar — and could find one of the poisonous plants.

It is about pollination. Bees pollinate fruits, squash, cucumbers, melons and beans, to name a few. We need this pollination to grow our food.

Solutions to Save the Bees

Research

Carefully research which plants you can buy that are free from Neonicotinoids.

Create a yard that is bee and butterfly friendly

Plant flowers — but be sure they do not contain neonics. If the seller can not assure you that they are neonic free — don’t buy them.

Buy organic plants that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Buy plants that are native to your area.

Photo by W R on Unsplash

Create a place for them to drink water. A shallow saucer is great. Make sure you replenish with fresh water so it isn’t a haven for mosquitos. Put the saucer near plants that might get aphids. The bees will keep the aphids away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRKI-qxpsUo

Keep parts of your lawn MESSY.

I thought this very interesting. Leaving a few leaves, twigs and not mowing some areas helps tremendously.

Let’s be sure that we are NOT the cause of these creatures’ decline.
Let’s be proactive this spring and summer.

Image by fancycrave1 from Pixabay

Help bring awareness of pesticide use

Many countries are trying to ban pesticide use. Not only does it stay on the plants but because of rain, it also goes into the water table. Into our lakes.

The problem, of course, is that when one pesticide is banned another one takes its place.

But we have to keep at it.

What’s wrong with natural?

We leave our dandelions — or pick them out. I actually like a spring crop of dandelions. They are natural, a lovely colour and brighten up a dull spring day.

Photo by Marija M. on Unsplash

Bees, beetles, and butterflies all like to snack on dandelions. Let’s not consider them a weed but a spring flower.

I love to paint these creatures

Batik Watercolour by Janis Cox
Batik Hummingbird by Janis Cox

The righteous care for the needs of their animals,”(Proverbs 12:10, NIV).


Thanks to these sites for information and more reading for you

Let dandelions grow. Bees, beetles and birds need them
Dandelions are demonised as one of the most pernicious weeds, but hold back on the mowing and you’ll find a whole range…www.theguardian.com