Bud Break

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭ Today’s the day! *drum roll, please* It’s – BUD BREAK DAY! It’s a thing. It really is. Every spring, I wait for it with a longing that seems toContinue reading “Bud Break”

Don’t Forget

“Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭103:2‬ ‭ Do you ever make lists?? I do. Not that they help much. See, this is me. Well, an image of my memory. You may notice that – well, chunks are missing. Big chunks. EvenContinue reading “Don’t Forget”

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”

Chasing the Light

“Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭ There’s no grump like a report card grump. Jaw clenched. Eyes on screen. Toes curled with determination. Body rigid. Mind completely consumed with one thought. Get. Finished.Continue reading “Chasing the Light”

Crying Over [Unspilled] Milk

“As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:1‬ ‭ Little: “I didn’t get any milk today!” *deep, heart-wrenching sobs* Me: “Do you think all the milk has disappeared from the school?” Little (startled): “No.” *sniff* Me: “I wonder. If there is stillContinue reading “Crying Over [Unspilled] Milk”

An Excellent Adventure

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭ Whoever shot this arrow had excellent aim, wouldn’t you say? That’s one way to illustrate the wordContinue reading “An Excellent Adventure”

Frozen Over

“He hurls the hail like stones. Who can stand against his freezing cold? Then, at his command, it all melts. He sends his winds, and the ice thaws.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭147:17-18‬ ‭ Brrrrrrrr. You know when the windchill values are pushing closer to the -50 Celsius mark that you are frozen over. At these temperatures, our regularContinue reading “Frozen Over”

On Lamps and Such

“You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:28‬ ‭ I love sunsets. Sunsets through a magical canopy of lacy frost? *contented sigh* The glow of this particular sunset was so dazzling that I stopped and held up my hands in worship. I stared. I snapped photos. I thoughtContinue reading “On Lamps and Such”

In Praise of Poverty

““God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:3‬ Are you poor? I mean, totally bankrupt? I’m not referring to your list of assets or net worth financially. What I really mean is – do you realize your poverty? (In a spiritual sense, thatContinue reading “In Praise of Poverty”

Becoming an Oasis

“But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭92:12‬ ‭ I know, I know. You’re all a bit travel starved, and here I am rubbing your nose in palm trees. I get it. But hear me out. If you know the feeling of gawking at your firstContinue reading “Becoming an Oasis”