Curb Appeal

“If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭ Drive down any street, in any community – and you will know what I mean. You see themContinue reading “Curb Appeal”

Level the Playing Field

“Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭15:10‬ ‭ Let’s get really honest, shall we? We’ve been exploring what it means to have been given a piece of property – a life, an inheritance – and I know you’ve noticed, too. NotContinue reading “Level the Playing Field”

Spiritual Fences

“You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭74:17‬ ‭ Fence building is a serious business. Billions of dollars are spent annually to keep pets in, and salesmen out. Fair enough. Fences are designed to keep the wanted stuff in and unwanted stuff out. But a really good fenceContinue reading “Spiritual Fences”

Real Estate Development

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:3-4‬ ‭ Wisdom. Makes you think of owls with spectacles, right? But wisdom is a lot more than feathers and fowl. Wisdom is “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment;Continue reading “Real Estate Development”

Where the Grass is Greener

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalms‬ ‭16:6‬ ‭ We’ve all done it. I’m guilty, too. We peek over the ‘fence’ into someone else’s life, and think they have it easier, more comfortable, more prosperous. Their children seem more well behaved and well-adjusted. Their vehiclesContinue reading “Where the Grass is Greener”

Tidying Up

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” Psalms‬ ‭51:10‬ ‭ It’s a mess. Corn stalks. Carrot tops. Leaves, blown hither and yon. Discarded foliage and vegetables too scrawny to store, perennials whose stalks have succumbed to the killing frosts of autumn – all need to be dealt with.Continue reading “Tidying Up”

Planning For Harvest

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭ I invested in my future today. I planted some lilies. I added compost, dug them in nice and deep, and watered them well. They will rootContinue reading “Planning For Harvest”

Plan B

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭ I really, really wanted a baked potato with my pork chops. Not usually a challenge of epic proportions, you say? It is if you are camping and forgot the foil. It took a fewContinue reading “Plan B”

It’s All in the Attitude

“Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever.” Psalms‬ ‭136:26‬ ‭ I couldn’t help it. I giggled. Out loud. (You would have, too. Don’t judge me.) I was showing my littles the schedule for the day. I had announced our PE class, and was moving on to the other planned activities.Continue reading “It’s All in the Attitude”

For Shame!

“May I be blameless in keeping your decrees; then I will never be ashamed.” Psalms‬ ‭119:80‬ ‭ I could feel it. The embarrassment, I mean. My cheeks were hot with it. I know I had that sheepish look in my face – you know the one. Baaaaa… On Monday mornings, each class at our schoolContinue reading “For Shame!”