Odd Man Out

“Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:7‬ ‭ It was – definitely odd. A flock of ducks on a slough. (Well, that part isn’t odd. It’s spring migration, and we in these parts see millions of birds as they pass through in their wayContinue reading “Odd Man Out”

Experience Wanted

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭ You’re ready. Almost. Your name is called. Nerves are a factor, but you’ve been preparing for this. Your speech isContinue reading “Experience Wanted”

True Love

“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭ True love. That tingling in the toes, all the stars dancing, butterflies in the stomach? The Hallmark Hollywood version? Nope. Not it. Fun, exciting, exhilarating even –Continue reading “True Love”

How to See Everlasting Love

“Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31:3‬ ‭ He doesn’t say it as much as he lives it. It’s in the way he greets me in the morning. It’s in those wonderful Sunday breakfasts. It’sContinue reading “How to See Everlasting Love”

Close Beside Me

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭ To say it was unexpected was a bit of an understatement. To be honest, it had never happened before. Being a novelty, it felt ratherContinue reading “Close Beside Me”

It’s the Thought That Counts

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:17‬ ‭ I spotted them right away. A wee trio of ‘Sweethearts’ candy, their messages displayed prominently on their cheerful faces. Aw. Hubby had placed them there for me to find at breakfast time – he leaves for work before I’m upContinue reading “It’s the Thought That Counts”

Reading Valentines

“We love each other because he loved us first.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭ It’s pretty sweet. Every year, the same scenario plays itself out on Valentine’s Day – a bevy of excited kids, dizzy with joy, distribute their valentines. One by one, they pop them into the oversized envelopes that have become our classroom tradition, personallyContinue reading “Reading Valentines”

Seeing Stars

“The sun has one kind of glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their glory.”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:41‬ ‭ I’m seeing stars. Do you see them, too? These lovely sedums are blooming their hearts out right now. I have six different kinds, and eachContinue reading “Seeing Stars”

Long Live the Crumbs!

“Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17:1‬ ‭ Ever been in on a good bickering? I have. Awwww-kward! You can feel your toes scrunch up inside your socks. It’s like snaggly fingernails grating down a chalkboard. You don’t know where to look or what to do andContinue reading “Long Live the Crumbs!”

Just Like Licking Chocolate From the Wrapper

“And this hope [the hope of salvation] will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:5‬ ‭ Ahhh. Chocolate. Not just any chocolate – Swiss chocolate. With whole hazelnuts. Mmmmm, mmmmm, mmmmm. My favourite. ThisContinue reading “Just Like Licking Chocolate From the Wrapper”