When You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭ You gotta feel bad for this beaver. I mean, he really bit off more than he could chew. This tree is a mature one – I couldn’t reach around it.Continue reading “When You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew”

It Gets a Little Messy

“Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭14:4‬ ‭ It’s harvest time! All that work, coming to fruition. The planning. The purchasing of materials. The planting. The watering. (Oh, the watering I did this year!) The weeding. And now? The picking. And the work isn’t finishedContinue reading “It Gets a Little Messy”

The Lesson of the Long Haul

“They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭126:6‬ ‭ It’s time. Fall bulbs are showing up in the stores. There are online catalogs aplenty. With fall weather comes fall planting season. Fall planting is fun – but not nearly as exciting as spring planting.Continue reading “The Lesson of the Long Haul”

The Warning

“They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:11‬ ‭ Isn’t it cool? This pictograph, I mean. Our guide wasn’t sure how old they were. It’s one of many on the Churchill River system in northern Saskatchewan. They are drawings by indigenous peoples from long ago in redContinue reading “The Warning”

Hotter Than Hades Harvest

“Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:7‬ ‭ They are healthy. They are a great texture. They are a bright colour. So why, might you ask, am I complaining about my peppers? And I am. I really am. Let me start at the beginning. WayContinue reading “Hotter Than Hades Harvest”

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”

Picky Eaters

“So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭ Let me introduce you to my new friend. Milkweed, meet the crew. Crew, milkweed. She’s pretty, yes? But more than herContinue reading “Picky Eaters”

The Lesson of the Lily

“We blossom like a flower and then wither. Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.”‭‭Job‬ ‭14:2‬ ‭ Months of waiting – and finally, it’s here. Lily season! Amazing colours. Delightful fragrances. Differing heights and textures and growth habits – a wondrous sensual extravaganza. But. They don’t last long. While the entire lily season lasts almostContinue reading “The Lesson of the Lily”

Heat Stroke

“But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat…”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭25:4‬ ‭ I’m drippy. Like, really soaked. I’m not in a pool. I’m not at a beach. I’m working on myContinue reading “Heat Stroke”

Liar, Liar, Heart on Fire

“Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:29‬ ‭ Lying is a tricky thing. It can feel at times as though a wee ‘white lie’ here and there can ease tension or save someone pain. But we sure don’t like being lied to, do we? Me: “Why didContinue reading “Liar, Liar, Heart on Fire”