Under the Christmas Tree

“Ears to hear and eyes to see— both are gifts from the Lord.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭20:12‬ ‭ Thunderstorms are so sensory. The low rumble-grumble, the dramatic skies, the patter-smatter of raindrops to thirsty earth. Then silence. The sights and sounds of the land being replenished, the evidence of the global water cycle in action, the connection toContinue reading “Under the Christmas Tree”

We Must Be Rich!

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭ Diamonds! They were everywhere. They were in the tree branches. They were in the bushes and grasses. They glistened from pathways and fields and creek beds. Even the weeds wereContinue reading “We Must Be Rich!”

Disposal Service

““Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.””‭‭Romans‬ ‭4:7-8‬ ‭ See the flowers in this photo? The blue ones, the tall spikes to the right. Those are delphiniums. I have a rather love/hate relationshipContinue reading “Disposal Service”

How High Can You Count?

“Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭116:7‬ ‭ One of the skills we check in early education is rote counting. ‘How high can you count?’ Littles are always eager to show off how many numbers they know – and in the process, they also demonstrate theirContinue reading “How High Can You Count?”

Keeping up with the Joneses (and the Smiths, and the Jacksons, and the Neufelds…)

“Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.”‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭ Green. As in, the colour of that neighbour’s grass. Also the colour of your complexion as you eye said grass. Or fence. Or landscaping. Or driveway. Then there’s the newContinue reading “Keeping up with the Joneses (and the Smiths, and the Jacksons, and the Neufelds…)”

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”

The Secret Place

“Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the Lord.” Jeremiah‬ ‭23:24‬ ‭ I’m stuck on that contraption. Yesterday, I was introduced to a device that can make a 3-D image of a building, for drafting and design purposes. I’m still thinking aboutContinue reading “The Secret Place”

Keys to the Kingdom

“Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.” Hebrews‬ ‭12:28‬ ‭ It was a little unusual, to be sure. Every door to every classroom, office, cupboard space needed to be unlocked in order for the guys to do theirContinue reading “Keys to the Kingdom”