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”

In a Tight Spot

“The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:17‬ ‭ This is the beginning of our regular snowshoeing route – a quick clatter through the culvert beneath the highway, then on along the creek bottom. It’s a lovely trail. Having brought friends out thisContinue reading “In a Tight Spot”

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”

So the Shame Won’t Stick

“No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭25:3‬ ‭ It was – well, sticky. Seriously sticky. The kind of sticky where a paper towel just moves it around and makes the whole thing worse. Even a warm cloth seemedContinue reading “So the Shame Won’t Stick”

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”

The Ultimate Avenger

“For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭9:12‬ ‭ This verse hit me like a ton of bricks today. Ouch. For some reason, just reading it dredged up the most traumatic experience of my life – and I realized I wasn’t finished grievingContinue reading “The Ultimate Avenger”

On Lamps and Such

“You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:28‬ ‭ I love sunsets. Sunsets through a magical canopy of lacy frost? *contented sigh* The glow of this particular sunset was so dazzling that I stopped and held up my hands in worship. I stared. I snapped photos. I thoughtContinue reading “On Lamps and Such”

The Sticking Point

“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:24‬ ‭ I wasn’t sure what I was looking for. I just knew I’d know it when I found it. Turns out, it found me. Wild licorice has been called ‘the original Velcro’ – and with good reason! WhiteContinue reading “The Sticking Point”

Slippery Slope

“But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.” Psalms‬ ‭73:2‬ ‭ The highways were slick today. The blizzard blew itself out; the crews were out and about early (thanks, everyone!) and the main roads were cleared of snowdrifts, allowing folks like me to get toContinue reading “Slippery Slope”

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”