Waiting for Wisteria

“I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭130:5‬ ‭ I don’t like to brag, but lookee here! Wisteria! Well, sort of. I can see that I should start at the beginning from your puzzled looks. It is wisteria. Wisteria is that gorgeousContinue reading “Waiting for Wisteria”

Treasure Hunt

“In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭ Aha! (You’ll have to read that with a boisterous, piratey sort of triumph, if you will.) AHA! (More throaty. Like a growl. There you go.) Lookee here. Juicy, delectable raspberries in the peak of ripeness. But more than that – these tenderContinue reading “Treasure Hunt”

Harvest of Blessing

“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 ‭ It’s time. Harvest time, that is. The carrots and beets are rooting. The berries are fruiting. The cucumbers are vining. The beans are beaning. The peasContinue reading “Harvest of Blessing”

Alive!

“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.”‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:35‬ It may look like an old dead stick, but you’d be wrong. (Except technically it is an old deadContinue reading “Alive!”

A Little on the Ugly Side

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.”‭‭John‬ ‭12:24‬ ‭ See this raspberry plant? (Not the fruit. We’ll get to the fruit later.) It’s not looking too good. I mean,Continue reading “A Little on the Ugly Side”

Pulling Up Poppies

“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:27-30‬ ‭ It wasn’tContinue reading “Pulling Up Poppies”

That Burns

“But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.””‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:13-14‬ ‭ Ouch. See those blisters? I got them one day working out in the garden.Continue reading “That Burns”

The Garden

“Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭ This is my garden. Well, part of it. It’s been a work in progress for over 20 years. I plan. I plant. I dig up. I replant. I weed. I trim, prune,Continue reading “The Garden”

Ignition Factor

“A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭26:21‬ ‭ See this pretty plant smothered with pink flowers? Yeah. That one. It’s called a gas plant. (No, I’m not making this up.) The flowers contain some sort of oil that on hot days can be encouraged toContinue reading “Ignition Factor”

Sealed

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:13‬ This plant is a beautiful wildflower called Solomon’s Seal; it is native to this area. It likes a woodland settingContinue reading “Sealed”