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”

Poo Pruning Day

“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands.”‭‭Mark‬ ‭9:43‬ ‭ Today is the day. It’s been coming on for months. See that ugly black stuff that looks like excrement on myContinue reading “Poo Pruning Day”

The Path of Least Persistence

“So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭ Picture to yourself a stream. A pleasant early spring brook. All water – including what comes from the skies – is designed to obey gravity to the letter. Right now, that early spring sunContinue reading “The Path of Least Persistence”

The Grouchy Giver

“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.””‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:7‬ ‭ Fresh bread steaming. A nutritious meal in the slow cooker. Salad prepped. Pie in the oven. Time to pack up and get out theContinue reading “The Grouchy Giver”

The Spiral Curriculum

“Keep all my decrees by putting them into practice, for I am the Lord who makes you holy.”‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭20:8‬ Working with littles has taught me so much. For one: learning is never over. Even when you think you’ve nailed it. Take classroom rules, for example. We spend the greater part of September and October slowly,Continue reading “The Spiral Curriculum”

The Big Thaw

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭ That sunshine, though. It could melt even the hardest heart. Or could it?Continue reading “The Big Thaw”

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”

The Marshmallow Test

“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭ What’s better than a marshmallow around the fire? Two marshmallows around the fire, of course. Years ago, Oprah had a special guest on her talk show to illustrate the marshmallow principle. Which went something like this: Several childrenContinue reading “The Marshmallow Test”