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”

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”

Fasciation Factor

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ Do you notice anything? Look closer. A little closer… See it? A fasciated flower! (Don’t look at me so blankly. Y’all know I’m getting to the explanation.) This plant is a spikeContinue reading “Fasciation Factor”

The Great Recycling Project

“Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭ The three Rs. They are drilled into us. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. It’s a way of helping us to deal with a harsh reality – just by living,Continue reading “The Great Recycling Project”

Stunted?

“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ That cold weather, though. My baby plantlets – seeded with so much hope, started with so much promise – haven’t grown for several weeks. They are justContinue reading “Stunted?”

Propagation Season

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭73:26‬ ‭ Succulents are the new garden rage. There are classes on how to pot them. Seminars on how to care for them. A whole line of pots and containers designed to holdContinue reading “Propagation Season”

I Know Who Wins

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:7-9‬ ‭ Fourth Winter! You can’t make this stuff up. We are under another snowfallContinue reading “I Know Who Wins”

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”