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!”

What’s Eating You?

“…and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭ Behold, the glorious Hemipholiota populnea. The what now? I hear your confusion. Let me help you out. The hemipholiota populnea. You know. The mushroomy thingie growing in thisContinue reading “What’s Eating You?”

The Rules of Hide and Seek

“For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. ”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭32:7‬ ‭ Ready or not, here I come! I’m sure we’ve all experienced the thrill of a good old fashioned round of ‘Hide and Seek’. The Seeker counts loudly while giggles erupt and curtains swish andContinue reading “The Rules of Hide and Seek”

Winds of Change

“Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭14:24‬ ‭ That wind is a-whistling tonight. And my words of earlier this afternoon are a-whistling with them. In my profound wisdom, I told my littles that spring and winter were in aContinue reading “Winds of Change”

Chosen

“You didn’t choose me. I chose you…”‭‭John‬ ‭15:16‬a It was a long time ago, but I still remember. I remember how it feels to be the last one chosen. A ball player I am not. Never have been. And my peers knew it. A spelling bee, a history quiz, a word game, a spot ofContinue reading “Chosen”

It’s Just So Dark

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”” John‬ ‭8:12‬ ‭ It’s just so dark. It’s 7 am. So. Dark. I live relatively close to theContinue reading “It’s Just So Dark”

Between a Rock and – Another Rock

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭ Look at her. She’s definitely between a rock and a hard place – er, another rock. This cute little brittle bladder-fern is doing what she does best – growing where noContinue reading “Between a Rock and – Another Rock”

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”

In Blows the Blizzard

““He directs the snow to fall on the earth and tells the rain to pour down.”‭‭Job‬ ‭37:6‬ ‭ I’ve double checked and triple checked the forecast. It still says snow. And lots of it. Enough to qualify for a winter storm warning from Environment Canada. High winds and plenty of the white stuff mean lowContinue reading “In Blows the Blizzard”

You Are in the Will

“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:18‬ The dreaded will. Most of us need to write one – it makes things a lot easier on those whoContinue reading “You Are in the Will”