Better, Not Bitter

“The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:5‬ ‭ Check out this tree. Hubby and I recently went canoeing on a local river, and we were soaking up the sun and sounds and sensations when I spotted this oddball. All of the other trees around it wereContinue reading “Better, Not Bitter”

Ignition Factor

“A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭26:21‬ ‭ See this pretty plant smothered with pink flowers? Yeah. That one. It’s called a gas plant. (No, I’m not making this up.) The flowers contain some sort of oil that on hot days can be encouraged toContinue reading “Ignition Factor”

Ready, Set, Grow!

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭ This lovely specimen pictured here is a peony. It is the first of its kind to poke out of theContinue reading “Ready, Set, Grow!”

Back to Life

“The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?”‭‭Luke‬ ‭24:5‬ ‭ It’s finally happened. The annual spring sing-a-thon. It only happens, you see, when the frogs come back to life. Okay, so they weren’t technically dead.Continue reading “Back to Life”

Breaking the Ice

“There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.””‭‭Luke‬ ‭22:40‬ ‭ It’s just so tempting. Cracking the ice on the puddles, I mean. This time of year, nightly frosts bring mornings replete with a lovely assortment of puddles covered with ice. Some crackles. Some snaps. Some is brittle and lacy. SomeContinue reading “Breaking the Ice”

More Than You Can Chew

“Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:37‬ ‭ I saw the crumbs first. Then the serious intensity that could only indicate a compulsion to chat. “Teacher? Can I tell you something?” Of course she could, I indicated with what I hoped wasContinue reading “More Than You Can Chew”

All Dried Up

“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’””‭‭John‬ ‭7:38‬ ‭ They don’t look like much. Some of you may not believe me when I tell you all that stands between these dried out lumps and gorgeous flowers is time, soil –Continue reading “All Dried Up”

Never Give Up

“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:1‬ ‭ In my defence, it was an uphill battle. To a prairie girl born and raised, where everywhere is flat and nowhere is up, it was enough to get the heart rate up and thenContinue reading “Never Give Up”

Breaking Point

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭ This tree had a breaking point. Years ago – many, by the looks of things –Continue reading “Breaking Point”

Getting Rich

“The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10:22‬ You may not recognize rich when you see it, but I’m telling you – this is rich. This is my compost bin. It’s covered with snow right now, and isn’t doing a lot of active decomposing, but there’sContinue reading “Getting Rich”