Alive!

“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.”‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:35‬ It may look like an old dead stick, but you’d be wrong. (Except technically it is an old deadContinue reading “Alive!”

A Little on the Ugly Side

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.”‭‭John‬ ‭12:24‬ ‭ See this raspberry plant? (Not the fruit. We’ll get to the fruit later.) It’s not looking too good. I mean,Continue reading “A Little on the Ugly Side”

Pulling Up Poppies

“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:27-30‬ ‭ It wasn’tContinue reading “Pulling Up Poppies”

Not Finished Yet

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.”‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭ Ding-dilly-ding-bling-a-blingy-blingy-ding! Or some such. (Cue dryer cycle grand finale ring tone.) So of course I expected dry clothes. Nope. Not even close. Odd. I checked the clock. More oddities. It was only maybe 15 minutes sinceContinue reading “Not Finished Yet”

Seeing Stars

“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭ I’m seeing stars, y’all. They are everywhere this time of year – at Dollarama. In the local grocery store. Filling the aisles at Canadian Tire, topping the trees in parks and along boulevards. Twinkling, glowing, pointing the way. The way. The way toContinue reading “Seeing Stars”

V.I.P. Access

“He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”‭‭Revelation‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ We were approaching the door, and were already reaching for them. The maître d’ would surely be asking, and since we were hungry, we were willing to oblige. Our Identification andContinue reading “V.I.P. Access”

In Praise of Plans

“Your regulations remain true to this day, for everything serves your plans.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:91‬ ‭ Plans are good. I’m hatching one now, in fact. I’ve been working on it on and off for several months now. I’m planning a Poets Garden. And one poet I plan to honour is Wordsworth. So I want to plant daffodils!Continue reading “In Praise of Plans”

Fasciation Factor

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ Do you notice anything? Look closer. A little closer… See it? A fasciated flower! (Don’t look at me so blankly. Y’all know I’m getting to the explanation.) This plant is a spikeContinue reading “Fasciation Factor”

I, Ambassador

“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ Ambassador. It’s a bit of a foreign concept. (Pardon the pun.) For most of us, the closest we get to ambassadors is an assassination plot in a movie. Our first-handContinue reading “I, Ambassador”

Deja Vu

“Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.””‭‭John‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭ The birthing process is nothing I’d repeat, frankly. Except I did. Twice. Most of us who are mamas are repeat customers. Surely we must be entirely forgetful to undergo such a hugely painful processContinue reading “Deja Vu”