Poking Through

“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:7‬ ‭ Perennials are poking through! After their long winter nap, my old friends are waking up and starting to stretch their arms out of the dirt and shake off their funeral clothes!Continue reading “Poking Through”

Build a Boat

““Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭6:17-18‬ ‭ Ever had a rough day? The kind thatContinue reading “Build a Boat”

The Boat Bath (AKA ‘Oh We of Little Faith’)

“Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “You have so little faith! Why are you arguing with each other about having no bread?”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:8‬ ‭ See that? It’s our dugout. It’s the reason our boat took a bath and needed – er, a gentle rescue. The whole thing was pretty unexpected, given theContinue reading “The Boat Bath (AKA ‘Oh We of Little Faith’)”

Multiplication

“For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭ I’ve been doing some multiplying lately. Not beefing up my times tables – I haveContinue reading “Multiplication”

Of Camels and Needles

“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭ You see it, right? The sheer impossibility of it? It’s April. It’s time for bunnies and chicks and cavorting in the grass. But – what grass? Oh. That grass. The grass buried under six feetContinue reading “Of Camels and Needles”

The Reality of What We Hope For

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ It was snowing. Again. I gestured toward the window and told my kitties to check out what the weather was doing. “The weather has changed again. It looks more like winter out thee than spring!” MyContinue reading “The Reality of What We Hope For”

The Old Sort and Stack

“I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:28‬ ‭ We all have them. Burdens, I mean. Some are larger than others. Some are a more awkward shape, or heavier, or harder to carry. Some need to be carted around for weeks or months at a time. Still others must be carried for aContinue reading “The Old Sort and Stack”

A Powerful Identity

““Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.””‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭ Ah, kids. Bless their hearts, they do say the darnedest things. Today we had the chance to meet the newest residents in our school – a batch ofContinue reading “A Powerful Identity”

It Will Leave Its Mark

“Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:1‬ ‭ The wind has left its mark. Look at that intricate masterpiece! This snowbank is sculpted by winds and scoured by gritty snow until it has taken in fantastical shapes and angles, cornices and columns. Amazing. How beautiful the finished product! How horrifyingContinue reading “It Will Leave Its Mark”

Frostbite

“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭147:3‬ ‭ It’s distinctly odd that ‘frostbite’ should burn. Now, don’t get your undies in a knot. It’s just a touch, and only on my nose (the skin of which is starting to peel), and I’m certain my prognosis is life. It’s just that it was aContinue reading “Frostbite”