That Burns

“But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.””‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:13-14‬ ‭ Ouch. See those blisters? I got them one day working out in the garden.Continue reading “That Burns”

Preventative Measures

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ I’ve been digging around a lot lately. Odds were good that I’d find at least one. Cutworm, I mean. Oooooh,Continue reading “Preventative Measures”

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”

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”

Think Like a Goose

“I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭8:27‬ ‭ It’s go time. For the geese, that is. Millions of geese are on their way south from their nesting grounds in northern Saskatchewan, and a huge proportion of these will fly directly over my yard in theContinue reading “Think Like a Goose”

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”

Take a Load Off

“Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.”‭‭Mark‬ ‭6:31‬ ‭ It was great advice. So I took it, of course. It ran as follows: placeContinue reading “Take a Load Off”

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”

My Little Angry Friend

“Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people…”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:24‬ I met someone new. Light build, kinda cute, a little on the hairy side. And whoooeee, was he angry. Which is really, really odd. I mean, I’ve met thousands of bees. There are more than a dozen species active in my garden, and in 30Continue reading “My Little Angry Friend”

The Grouchy Giver

“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.””‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:7‬ ‭ Fresh bread steaming. A nutritious meal in the slow cooker. Salad prepped. Pie in the oven. Time to pack up and get out theContinue reading “The Grouchy Giver”