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”

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”

A Mouthful of Honey

“Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:24‬ ‭ Drat. I’d miscalculated. Again. Sigh. “Sorry, everyone. I’ve run out of papers. Looks like I didn’t copy enough. I just need to pop out and copy more. I’ll be right back.” I turned to leave, paper in hand, whenContinue reading “A Mouthful of Honey”

Mirrors are Meant to be Looked At

“For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:23‬ ‭ She was so friendly! The lady at the door, I mean. She smiled wide. She was animated. She was attentive. Every possible social cue I was picking up on was pointing in theContinue reading “Mirrors are Meant to be Looked At”

Getting Rid of the Garbage

“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭ With our continued mild weather, my garden season has definitely been extended. I can’t remember ever – not in at leastContinue reading “Getting Rid of the Garbage”

The Recognition Factor

“After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.  They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” John 10:4,5 It’s distinctive. “Hear that?” I did. I did, indeed. I knew I’d heard it before, too, butContinue reading “The Recognition Factor”

When It’s Hard to Breathe

“Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭150:6‬ ‭ Forest fires are raging to the east. An east wind brought evidence. It was hard to see very far. It smelled strongly of smoke. And for some, it was hard to breathe. We kept our little inside all day – thereContinue reading “When It’s Hard to Breathe”

Never Stop

“Never stop praying.”‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭ I love being out in my garden. I love it all – the watering. The planting. The trimming. The pride in producing high quality food, or beautiful blossoms. Even the weeding. (Odd, I know.) But as much as I love gardening, there is a limit. I mean, a gal’sContinue reading “Never Stop”