What Is Divine Truth?

What Is Divine Truth?.

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I discovered this on my lovely friend Mary’s blog, ‘Notes Along The Way’ today and feel it is a clear, concise and well articulated overview of what Divine Truth is and is not. It has heaps of great information.

A great source for anyone who has never heard of Divine Truth and is interested in an overview of Divine Truth; great for checking out if what you thought Divine Truth was is what it really is; and great for getting excited about God, everything about God’s creations and awesomeness, your own soul, Love, God’s Laws, and heaps of other clarifying information.

Thanks Jesus and Mary for sharing so openly and for being really clear! Love it!

Everyone enjoy!

Inspiring People: Daniel Flynn

We watched this talk this morning and thought that it was a great example of perseverance. How many people say every day ‘I don’t do something [add what you don’t do] because I don’t have any money’ or ‘I don’t have enough time’ or I don’t have enough resources’ or some other reason.

Here was a group of 19 year olds (at the time they began) who had a thousand dollars between them and who through perseverance and a desire to make a difference started the Thank You Group.

We enjoyed the ideas and concepts especially how an idea is a starting point, but it’s what you do with it, the actions you personally take that makes it into something extraordinary.

We don’t endorse everything in this clip. What we did enjoy is their passion and that they didn’t give up. When things went wrong they didn’t stop they went back and reflected and changed, never losing site of their dream.

(There is a story near the end of a 12 year old boy – Ben -which is as good as the whole talk itself. around 19 mins)

We encourage you (and ourselves) to check out all those (false) beliefs and crazy un-truth’s that stop each of us personally following our heart’s desires!

Enjoy!

Inspiring People: Diébédo Francis Kéré – Architect

Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbours reap the benefit of his education.

In this talk, Kéré shows some of the beautiful structures he’s helped to build in his small village in the years since then, including an award-winning primary school made from clay by the entire community. (This blurb taken from the TED talk description on YouTube).

Link to Diébédo Francis Kéré’s website below:

http://www.kerearchitecture.com/

Link to YouTube clip below:

 

Inspiring People: Phillip Spark

* This post has been updated

Phillip Spark is a man with a love and passion for the environment. Phil spends most of his his time travelling around monitoring, researching, checking out and recording species in different areas. He spends time talking to people about the environment and the creatures who live in it. He is writing books on specific areas in Australia which include his findings.

Phil, Eloisa, Melinda, Paul, Izabella, Charlie, Archie & skink, early morning expedition

Phil, Eloisa, Melinda, Paul, Izabella, Charlie, Archie & skink, early morning expedition

Phil came and spent some time monitoring wildlife for a project we are doing here and another project happening at Dalveen a couple of weeks ago as a bench mark so we can see what happens in the area as we plant more plant species and aid the creation of more habitat.

Dalveen early morning

Dalveen early morning

The kids woke up and literally jumped out of bed, organised themselves and were out the door in five minutes at 5:30am to go and check the traps Phil had put out the night before with peanut butter & muesli balls as an appetising snack to lure creatures in so we could see what species lived in certain areas. There were hours of lizard, geko, insect discovery and Phil there to answer all the questions that we could think of and many we didn’t even know or think to ask.

Spider

Spider

peanut butter and muesli mix

peanut butter and muesli mix

We had the opportunity to pat tiny bats, watch a red bellied black snake, hold cunningham’s skinks, see a geko malting, learn some latin and see frogs as small as a baby toe nail.

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Cunningham’s skink. These guys are so friendly and gorgeous

Geko shedding it's skin

Geko shedding it’s skin, they turn white eventually wriggle out of it when it is totally loose and are all shiny and new

We really enjoyed spending time in the bush, spotlighting at night and discovering all sorts of things that we hadn’t noticed before.

Thanks Phil for your time, enthusiasm and knowledge!

20131127 Yellow footed Antechinus

20131127 Yellow footed Antechinus

20131127 Yellow footed Antechinus, biting. Check out it's teeth

20131127 Yellow footed Antechinus, biting. Check out it’s teeth

Red Throat Skink

Red Throat Skink

Cunningham's skink who has lost it's tail

Cunningham’s skink who has lost it’s tail

This is a larger skink who’s tail is growing back.

Southern velvet Gekooedura Tryoni

Southern velvet geko, Gekooedura Tryoni

20131125 Geko diplodactylus vittatus

20131125 ctenotus taniolatus, Coppertail skink

20131125 ctenotus taniolatus, Coppertail skink

Mistiltoe flower

Mistiltoe flower

Fungai that was dry & looked like moth wings

Fungai that was dry & looked like moth wings

Tiny Fungai

Tiny Fungai

Southern velvet Geko, oedura Tryoni, tail that has been 'dropped' because it was afraid and left a squirming tail behind to fool predators

Southern velvet Geko, oedura Tryoni, tail that has been ‘dropped’ because it was afraid and left a squirming tail behind to fool predators

This image is large so you can see the detail up large of the scales and the bit that attaches to the geko as it is so amazing. When the Geko drops it’s tail it wiggles and squiggles and keeps going like that for quite a while so that the geko can escape and the predator eat the tail hopefully instead of the whole geko. Both Skinks and geko’s lose their tails even the big ones so it is best to catch them NOT by their tails. It takes a few months for their tails to grow back fully and when they do, on geko’s, there is a colour different so you can tell which geko has lost his tail previously. It is quite remarkable.

Big eared micro bat, don't have it's particular name, will replace this when I do

Big eared micro bat, don’t have it’s particular name, will replace this when I do

Chocolate wattle bat, micro bat genuis

Chocolate wattle bat, micro bat genuis

These little guys were so soft and so small, little micro bats with cool names. They are the little spectaculars who make the squeeks and high pitched calls in the nights. Because we caught them in the night and the sun was already up when we checked the trap, they were kept in a little canvas bag pegged on a string in the back of phil’s truck with the windows open for ventilation for the day. They slept all day and were released in the dark that night. If released in the day light they are easy targets for preditors. We also learned that they have a number of hollows that they frequent in a cyclical manner. So old trees – both living and dead with hollows are much needed for living quarters, shelter, shade and many other purposes for so many different species.

Inspiring People: Marla Spivak – Why Bees Are Disappearing

We thought this talk was interesting and an inspiration to go out and plant a variety of native flowering seeds or plants to your area which can provide food all year round for bees and insects. It is very common in Australia to have only Spring and Summer flowering plants when in fact there are different species that flower at different times in order to provide food all year round.

Native flowering plants to the region of where you live are going to be the most beneficial and will help re-establish micro-climates and eco-systems that have been steadily decimated.

If we plant an abundance and variety of necter and pollen producing plants then we would be on our way to creating a very different environment to the one we have now. At the moment we force small creatures, birds, organisms, insects etc to have to travel long distances, with increased stress and lower breeding abundance due to having cleared out many of the essential smaller flowering flora species.

Without bees and insects there would not be a single flowering plant or any food on the planet. I feel often we desire to remain unaware of our impact on the smaller creatures, especially insects, many of whom we view as ‘pests’ or we are afraid of when actually we rely on these intelligent creatures for our very survival. We need to stop eradicating and begin prolifically encouraging as much insect life and as diverse insect life as we possibly can if we truly want to re-establish and help regenerate healthy fully functioning eco-systems.

In Australia there are so many beautiful flowering trees, bushes, shrubs, flowers and ground covers to find out about and explore which can provide food and habitat for all kinds of wondrous intelligent life to flourish.

Have a lovely day, and we encourage you to observe the beautiful smaller creatures and find out the incredible roles they play in the existence and survival of our planet (if you desire to, smile).

Inspiring People: Ron Finley – Guerilla Gardener

Ron Finley is a Guerilla Gardener. He is spreading the word on how to be a modern gangster, LA Style, for all those people wanting to be hip and cool, he suggests a shovel and planting seeds as ‘weapons’ of choice.

It’s hard not to be infected by his passion and we loved that he has no desire to sit around and talk about it. If you want to meet him you need bring a shovel. He is desire in action.

LA has an equivalent of 20 Central Parks in government owned land (like grass verges and ‘lots’) that could be created into a massive food forest, Ron and his mates are doing exactly that one verge at a time.

Costa Gorgiadis from Gardening Australia (ABC) has a similar idea and has created a veggie patch verge to show how it is done. You can check out ‘On The Verge’ Costa’s community garden project on google if you are interested.

It highlights the fact that we think we need to own land to grow food, when there is already so much land waiting for someone to love it!

There are so many possibilities EVERYWHERE!!!

Inspiring People: Sebastião & Leila Salgado

Pete found this interview on YouTube with Sebastião Salgado who is a man with a great story which he is living each day with his wife Leila.

He grew up on his families farm in Brazil that was a 50% rain forested property when he was a child, to a less than 1/2% barren, cattle grazing property that he inherited in later life. Leila suggested they grow the rainforest again when they moved back their. This is their story and link to their own website Instituto Terra (press here).