The Garden

“Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭ This is my garden. Well, part of it. It’s been a work in progress for over 20 years. I plan. I plant. I dig up. I replant. I weed. I trim, prune,Continue reading “The Garden”

How Unexpected

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭ The lady slippers are out! To the discerning eye, the ditches in these parts are dotted with yellow thisContinue reading “How Unexpected”

Risk of Frost

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?”‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:35‬ ‭ The Saskatoons are blooming! Which means, of course, a risk of frost. (If you aren’t familiar withContinue reading “Risk of Frost”

Faux Finish

“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.”‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭ I love terra cotta pots. I love uniquely shaped pots – like urns, bowls, troughs – anything that looks interesting, I wanna put a plant in.Continue reading “Faux Finish”

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”