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”

The Rescue Mission

“For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:13-14‬ ‭ A daring proposition, that. The Rescue Mission. To go behind enemy lines on a rescue operation of this scale with an army was one thing.Continue reading “The Rescue Mission”

Littles See, Littles Say

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:29‬ ‭ My littles are truly something else. Truly. I was trying to do something at my SmartBoard which wasn’t working at the moment. It happens. I wasn’tContinue reading “Littles See, Littles Say”

The Heart is Where the Home Is

“You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you. ””‭‭Luke‬ ‭17:21‬ ‭ Home. Ahhhhhhh. What a marvellous place. A plot of land with a house on it to call my own. My own little patch of paradise – my personal kingdom fromContinue reading “The Heart is Where the Home Is”

Let it Rise

“Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:33‬ ‭ In my defense, I was busy. (I’ve also always been rather – scatterbrained. TheyContinue reading “Let it Rise”

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”

The Kingdom is for Kids!

“But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:14‬ ‭ I love this. As someone who works with littles every day, I get it. I really do. The Kingdom is for kids! And those who are like kids.Continue reading “The Kingdom is for Kids!”