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Do you pull over for sunsets? Does the awe of God's creation move you to stop and pay attention? Do you feel like sometimes your "church" is outside? Welcome to The Nature of Hope where we explore fascinating things about nature and learn biblical principles to apply to our lives. We'll explore the animals, deep under the seas, and high on the mountain tops all that God has made for us to delight in. It's time to destress and refresh in the nature of hope.

Do you pull over for sunsets? Does the awe of God's creation move you to stop and pay attention? Do you feel like sometimes your "church" is outside? Welcome to The Nature of Hope where we explore fascinating things about nature and learn biblical principles to apply to our lives. We'll explore the animals, deep under the seas, and high on the mountain tops all that God has made for us to delight in. It's time to destress and refresh in the nature of hope.
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Do you pull over for sunsets? Does the awe of God's creation move you to stop and pay attention? Do you feel like sometimes your "church" is outside? Welcome to The Nature of Hope where we explore fascinating things about nature and learn biblical principles to apply to our lives. We'll explore the animals, deep under the seas, and high on the mountain tops all that God has made for us to delight in. It's time to destress and refresh in the nature of hope.

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Aroma

11/6/2019
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Today we are talking about aromas. Favorite smells. Like coffee brewing, bacon on a cold morning, lilacs in spring, and the top of a baby's head. Heavenly aromas! Everyone has their favorite smells, and so does God. We will talk about the science of smell , and why aromas trigger memories. And why dogs can smell so much better than us, and how aromas can tell us whether we are lost or found. And how we can be the fragrance of Christ, even while playing ping pong. Parts of this topic are...

Duration:00:17:58

The Power of Your Name

10/30/2019
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God has your name inscribed on the palm of His hands. And it's not the name that kids have teased you with. It's not the name your family gave you, or the name you call yourself ("I'm such an idiot.") We talk about the power of your name, the power of His name, and the Red-Winged Blackbird. Read the podcast notes on the blog/podcast page at: LaurieKehler.com/red-winged-blackbird.

Duration:00:22:23

Starfish and the Power of Prayer

10/23/2019
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Starfish. That name is beguiling and it kind of hints at magic—as if they had spent their allotted time in the heavens and then retired and fizzled down to a sparkling plunge in the sea. Why do they want to trade neighborhoods? Is the ocean a more inviting place than space? Occasionally starfish wash up on shore so we can look at their helpless estate. Their rosy and golden hues make them look like water colored accents on our sandy shores. On closer inspection, their arms are limp and...

Duration:00:18:19

Flaws

10/16/2019
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Do you have a body part you hate? I bet something came to mind quickly, didn't it? But what about the parts you love? Can you name several parts of your body that you're grateful for? Isn't it interesting that the second question takes more time? We are so used to finding flaws with our bodies, even hating them. But nature is full of "flaws," and that's what makes it varied, interesting and beautiful. Not every tree is exactly alike, and that's a good thing. On this podcast, we explore...

Duration:00:22:40

Compost

10/9/2019
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The last thing we want, is to be on the receiving end of a big dump load of manure. But it happens. People cut us off, walk out the door, ignore us, attack us, accuse us, thwart us, and generally just dump on us. Or we do foolish things to ourselves. And then it hits the fan. But God. Two of the most hopeful words—but God. But God can transform all this #$%* into a wonderful growth medium, from which beautiful things can grow. So I talk about how to create a compost pile. Who first...

Duration:00:13:11

Owls & Social Media

10/1/2019
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Have you ever scrolled through social media and saw something that you wanted really badly? Something that caused you to feel feelings of envy, jealousy, (shame for feeling that way) and covetousness? I have! In fact, one time, it caused me to burst into tears. I was fixating on what I didn’t have, what I thought would make my life “perfect,” as opposed to the blessings I did have. Which of course, then allows the Enemy to come slithering in and whisper lies to our tender hearts: God is...

Duration:00:15:11

Tree Rings

9/24/2019
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Tree rings tell a tale. They tell the story about the life of a tree. Every year, the tree lays down another ring of growth. Were there times of drought and disease? Those rings will be tight and narrow. Were there times of ample water and plenty of nutrients? Those rings will be fat and wide. But trees also tell their tales centuries later. Art historians can date paintings on wood by testing the wood. And the same is true for buried ships. I thought about these tree rings when my sister...

Duration:00:15:28

Favorites

9/18/2019
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Like everyone, I have favorites. Favorite flowers (I’m looking at you wisteria and peonies!), views, food, and songs. We all have our favorites. And we all want to BE somebody’s favorite person. To know you are someone’s unique, called-out, favorite person is a delicious feeling. And the disciples fought over who would be the favorite of Jesus—right in the middle of the Last Supper! Two thousand years later we smirk at their immaturity and foolishness. But we are the same. Or at least, I...

Duration:00:15:03

Chipmunk

9/11/2019
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Minimalism, Marie Kondo, decluttering...we know we need it, but why is it so hard? And what about our spiritual lives? How do we unstuff all the useless junk that's holding us back? I talk about my messy closet, my eating habits, and spending habits and more. All the ways we act like a chipmunk and stuff stuff stuff our lives because of a mistaken sense of lack. We learn about the chipmunk and why he has to stuff his life so frantically—because he really does live life haunted by lack! And...

Duration:00:16:25

Bluebird

9/4/2019
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How do you find the bluebird of happiness for your life and your yard? Is there a secret to inviting these beautiful birds to fly by? How can we have this "bluebird of happiness" in our hearts? Is it even possible when everything is falling apart? Listen while I give you the secrets to luring bluebirds to your home and your heart. You can learn more by visiting LaurieKehler.com for resources, notes and freebies. Please share this episode with a friend!

Duration:00:19:24

Why Nature Matters

9/3/2019
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This is an excerpt from my new book, This Outside Life-Finding God in the Heart of Nature. I walk through the science and data on how important nature is for our well-being. We learn about how kids benefit too, socially, physically and emotionally. I talk about how God feels about the world He has made and what He has said about it. I give you simple ways to combat "nature blindness" and get aware of the infinite storm of beauty that surrounds us daily. Come away de-stressed and refreshed...

Duration:00:20:07

Introduction to The Nature of Hope

9/2/2019
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Although I have another podcast (This Outside Life) I got requests for a podcast that reflected my love for the outdoors and my spiritual life. So, in the spirit of my nature books (Gardening Mercies, Wings of Mercy and This Outside Life- Finding God in the Heart of Nature) here is The Nature of Hope podcast. My hope and prayer is that you find hope and encouragement for your daily walk. This is a short introduction. Please share with friends you think would be interested! You can learn...

Duration:00:07:51