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”

Spiritual Fences

“You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭74:17‬ ‭ Fence building is a serious business. Billions of dollars are spent annually to keep pets in, and salesmen out. Fair enough. Fences are designed to keep the wanted stuff in and unwanted stuff out. But a really good fenceContinue reading “Spiritual Fences”

Real Estate Development

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:3-4‬ ‭ Wisdom. Makes you think of owls with spectacles, right? But wisdom is a lot more than feathers and fowl. Wisdom is “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment;Continue reading “Real Estate Development”

Where the Grass is Greener

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalms‬ ‭16:6‬ ‭ We’ve all done it. I’m guilty, too. We peek over the ‘fence’ into someone else’s life, and think they have it easier, more comfortable, more prosperous. Their children seem more well behaved and well-adjusted. Their vehiclesContinue reading “Where the Grass is Greener”

Tidying Up

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” Psalms‬ ‭51:10‬ ‭ It’s a mess. Corn stalks. Carrot tops. Leaves, blown hither and yon. Discarded foliage and vegetables too scrawny to store, perennials whose stalks have succumbed to the killing frosts of autumn – all need to be dealt with.Continue reading “Tidying Up”

Planning For Harvest

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭ I invested in my future today. I planted some lilies. I added compost, dug them in nice and deep, and watered them well. They will rootContinue reading “Planning For Harvest”

Plan B

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭ I really, really wanted a baked potato with my pork chops. Not usually a challenge of epic proportions, you say? It is if you are camping and forgot the foil. It took a fewContinue reading “Plan B”

Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want

“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High.” Psalms‬ ‭50:14‬ ‭ Odd things have been done by all sorts of folks through history to try to impress God. Kneeling in bits of glass. Sleeping on a bed of nails. Depriving the body of food, the mind ofContinue reading “Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want”

For Shame!

“May I be blameless in keeping your decrees; then I will never be ashamed.” Psalms‬ ‭119:80‬ ‭ I could feel it. The embarrassment, I mean. My cheeks were hot with it. I know I had that sheepish look in my face – you know the one. Baaaaa… On Monday mornings, each class at our schoolContinue reading “For Shame!”

What Kind of Smell Are You Leaving Behind?

“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” Ephesians‬ ‭5:2‬ ‭ Right from the get-go, I need to be upfront. My analogy today is – well, to be honest, it stinks. You might even say it’sContinue reading “What Kind of Smell Are You Leaving Behind?”