Enter the Killjoy

“After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭ A drawnContinue reading “Enter the Killjoy”

That Stinks!

“She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭ They placed him on my chest – a wet, wiggling, precious package. My son. My firstborn. Hubby and I may have felt that weContinue reading “That Stinks!”

A Brilliant Smile

“‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’”‭‭Numbers‬ ‭6:24-26‬ ‭ Our eyes met and her very first response, the automatic one, was to smile. And oh, how that smile was appreciated. ItContinue reading “A Brilliant Smile”

Light Eaters

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”‭‭John‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭ “Everyone hold onto the rail please. I’m going to turn off the lights. You’ve never seen darkness like this in your life – it’s important that you be grounded and safe while the lights are off. Ready?” And – yep.Continue reading “Light Eaters”

How Strange!

“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭ We were enjoying a lovely family hike in the river valley when I first noticed it. There seemed to be a white powdery substance on the ground, rather reminiscent of aContinue reading “How Strange!”

When the Snow Piles Up

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭50:20‬ ‭ Oh. My. That storm that blew in? It left something behind. Snow! Lots of it. Hubby is still out there, pushing and blowing and clearing allContinue reading “When the Snow Piles Up”

When the Storm Blows In

“When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10:25‬ ‭ I can hear it. The wind, I mean. It’s starting to pick up already. By the time you are reading this, the snow will be swirling, creating what we euphemistically call ‘winter driving conditions’. Quote-unquote.Continue reading “When the Storm Blows In”

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

“Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭8:2‬ ‭ “Do you want to go?” Wrong question. He should have asked, “Are you willing to go?” Because the two are very different. The first asks ifContinue reading “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way”

Golden Gifts

“From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.”‭‭John‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭ This is one of our fire pits on our wee acreage. It’s a great spot from which to enjoy a sunset, with a view over the calm water of our dugout. This time of year, when the evening light hits itContinue reading “Golden Gifts”

It’s Time to Deadhead

“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”‭‭John‬ ‭15:2‬ ‭ It’s time. Pruners in hand, I walk the garden paths, watching for patches like this lovely clump of blue Veronica. There’s a lot of deadheading to do.Continue reading “It’s Time to Deadhead”