Stunted?

“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ That cold weather, though. My baby plantlets – seeded with so much hope, started with so much promise – haven’t grown for several weeks. They are justContinue reading “Stunted?”

Propagation Season

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭73:26‬ ‭ Succulents are the new garden rage. There are classes on how to pot them. Seminars on how to care for them. A whole line of pots and containers designed to holdContinue reading “Propagation Season”

It Just Might Bite You in the Backside

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:15‬ ‭ I’d never seen it before, to be honest. At least, that was my excuse at the time. I noticed the first few orange bumps on a small shrubby plant as I was walking by. Interested, I stoppedContinue reading “It Just Might Bite You in the Backside”

I Know Who Wins

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:7-9‬ ‭ Fourth Winter! You can’t make this stuff up. We are under another snowfallContinue reading “I Know Who Wins”

Picture of Pretty Perseverance

“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭ Aren’t these crocuses breathtaking? You’d never know that they are defying a lot of odds in order to look this good. Prairie crocuses are among the very first plants to grow in these parts. In fact, theyContinue reading “Picture of Pretty Perseverance”

When Third Winter Has You By the Throat

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you…”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:5-6‬ ‭ Even those familiar with Third Winter can’t help but be frosted by it. Seriously. The sunContinue reading “When Third Winter Has You By the Throat”

The Pit of Despair

“He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭40:2‬ ‭ It’s that time of year. We have descended, not into madness, but into something far, far worse. Mud. Squelchy, squishy, liquid mess, compoundedContinue reading “The Pit of Despair”

The People of the Not Yet

“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.””‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭ This is my garden today. It’s not exactly – er, ‘garden-y’. No peas and carrots. No corn or squash. No flowers.Continue reading “The People of the Not Yet”

You Gotta Stay Put

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:1‬ ‭ Do you like your roof? I bet you do. How about walls? Doors and windows? Insulation? Those are my favourites. That North wind is trying to remind the mild weather we’ve enjoyed lately thatContinue reading “You Gotta Stay Put”

But I Wanted a Bridge

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭ They got wet. My boots, I mean. The boots that wereContinue reading “But I Wanted a Bridge”