The Ultimate Avenger

“For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭9:12‬ ‭ This verse hit me like a ton of bricks today. Ouch. For some reason, just reading it dredged up the most traumatic experience of my life – and I realized I wasn’t finished grievingContinue reading “The Ultimate Avenger”

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”

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”

No Room

“She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.” Luke‬ ‭2:7‬ I cleaned my closet. I know, I know. A bit of a stretch, you’re thinking. But I did. Motivation was strong. Hopes were high.Continue reading “No Room”

Great Expectations

“What more could I have done for my vineyard that I have not already done? When I expected sweet grapes, why did my vineyard give me bitter grapes?”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭ Ok, let’s talk smack. Christmas grapes – er, expectations, I mean. Hallmark movies are playing around the clock, dispensing sappy-sweet sentimental cookies and candy canesContinue reading “Great Expectations”

Are You Any Fun?

“So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:28‬ ‭ Look at this poppy. Kinda ridiculous, right? You can’t tell me that anyone who would design this beauty doesn’t know how to have fun. Just think about it. Platypuses. Pandas that play on playground structures. Fainting goats. Birds of Paradise, the males of whichContinue reading “Are You Any Fun?”

The Poser

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ Behold, the poser. A lily that is trying its darnedest to be aContinue reading “The Poser”

The Rental

“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:3-4‬ ‭ My mister and I were off. The day was cool,Continue reading “The Rental”

Slippery Slope

“But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.” Psalms‬ ‭73:2‬ ‭ The highways were slick today. The blizzard blew itself out; the crews were out and about early (thanks, everyone!) and the main roads were cleared of snowdrifts, allowing folks like me to get toContinue reading “Slippery Slope”

Set it All Down

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭ Grunt. I can’t really see where I’m going, so I proceed by memory. Dang, that’s heavy. And not just heavy. It’s plain awkward. I’m dropping chunks and odds and ends. IfContinue reading “Set it All Down”