Fresh Fruit

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭ Mmmmm. Doesn’t this tray of fruit make your mouth water? Juicy. Flavourful. Packed with fibre and vitamins and minerals and natural sugars, fruit isContinue reading “Fresh Fruit”

Firmly Fixed

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3‬ ‭ “This seems a good spot. Let’s try here,” Hubby declared. The fishing commenced. (He fished. I read.) But something seemed amiss. “Are we drifting?” I asked, taking a quick look around. “Can’t be. I droppedContinue reading “Firmly Fixed”

Let It Rule

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭ Melinda and Edward have been having a tiff. The siblings who are heirs to Canada’s largest telecommunications company are duking it out for controlContinue reading “Let It Rule”

At All Times

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.”‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ “That one is pretty dark,” I remarked. He hardly looked up. “No, really. There are a lot of clouds now. I think we should get going, don’t you?”Continue reading “At All Times”

Peacemakers

“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭ I’m sure you’ve had the chance to observe human nature, whether from afar or a-close. Ahem. Sorry. I couldn’t resist. Anyway, I’m sure you’ve noticed something about peace. Like, that it’s rather unnatural. Think about it. IContinue reading “Peacemakers”

What it Isn’t

““I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭ A new year is upon us – and I don’t know about you, but I’d sure like it to be – peaceful. You know.Continue reading “What it Isn’t”

A Prince for the Paupers

“He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:52‬ ‭ It’s a tale of rags to riches. Actually, wait. It’s a take of riches to rags, truth be told. Think about it. God, adored in heaven by countless angelic beings, coming to earth to be born in a barn. It doesn’tContinue reading “A Prince for the Paupers”

Enter the Killjoy

“After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭ A drawnContinue reading “Enter the Killjoy”

That Stinks!

“She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭ They placed him on my chest – a wet, wiggling, precious package. My son. My firstborn. Hubby and I may have felt that weContinue reading “That Stinks!”

A Little Sheepish

“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭ If asked to think of a majestic creature – a strong, capable, or otherwise impressive animal – would your mind leap to a sheep? No? Yeah. I get it. I mean, sheep are – sheepish. Am I right?Continue reading “A Little Sheepish”