The Path of Least Persistence

“So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭ Picture to yourself a stream. A pleasant early spring brook. All water – including what comes from the skies – is designed to obey gravity to the letter. Right now, that early spring sunContinue reading “The Path of Least Persistence”

The Spiral Curriculum

“Keep all my decrees by putting them into practice, for I am the Lord who makes you holy.”‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭20:8‬ Working with littles has taught me so much. For one: learning is never over. Even when you think you’ve nailed it. Take classroom rules, for example. We spend the greater part of September and October slowly,Continue reading “The Spiral Curriculum”

The Big Thaw

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭ That sunshine, though. It could melt even the hardest heart. Or could it?Continue reading “The Big Thaw”

Oops, I Did It Again

“But the people would not listen and continued to follow their former practices.”‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭17:40‬ ‭ “Aaaaaaaaaah!” The frustrated yell comes from the basement. I giggle. I know exactly what it means. OOPS. I did it again. My canning shelves are in the basement. For years, there has been a string pull for the lightContinue reading “Oops, I Did It Again”

New Year, New You

“Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:39‬ ‭ Are you gearing up? For the new year, I mean. Making lists. Setting goals. Putting away the junk food and buying veggies. Determination in every cell, you are resolving to be a better you – a do over, this 2021Continue reading “New Year, New You”

Faithful in the Little Things

““If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭16:10‬ ‭ This is a daylily. Isn’t she lovely? She’s a showstopper for real. But here’s the thing. She’s only going to live for one day.Continue reading “Faithful in the Little Things”

Jog Your Memory

““So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭4:39‬ ‭ Do you keep a calendar? Jot things on sticky notes? Set up timers and reminders on your phone? Yeah. Me too. My memory isn’t what it used toContinue reading “Jog Your Memory”

Kneeling on Blueberries (AKA, “Doing Your Own Laundry”)

““Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: If any of the people—men or women—betray the Lord by doing wrong to another person, they are guilty. They must confess their sin and make full restitution for what they have done, adding an additional 20 percent and returning it to the person who was wronged.”‭‭Numbers‬Continue reading “Kneeling on Blueberries (AKA, “Doing Your Own Laundry”)”

Curb Appeal

“If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭ Drive down any street, in any community – and you will know what I mean. You see themContinue reading “Curb Appeal”

Level the Playing Field

“Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭15:10‬ ‭ Let’s get really honest, shall we? We’ve been exploring what it means to have been given a piece of property – a life, an inheritance – and I know you’ve noticed, too. NotContinue reading “Level the Playing Field”