The Lesson of the Long Haul

“They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭126:6‬ ‭ It’s time. Fall bulbs are showing up in the stores. There are online catalogs aplenty. With fall weather comes fall planting season. Fall planting is fun – but not nearly as exciting as spring planting.Continue reading “The Lesson of the Long Haul”

Hope is a Dog on the Trail

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭62:5‬ ‭ Here is a picture of hope, if you will. One dog, waiting patiently on the walking trail. She waits quietly. Expectantly. She knows the joys of discovering new smells and scent trails and potential critters to chase. SheContinue reading “Hope is a Dog on the Trail”

The Fungus Phenomenon

“So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:13‬ ‭ Odd. Distinctly odd. It’s been terribly dry this summer. I set up a sprinkler to water a patch of grass, to keepContinue reading “The Fungus Phenomenon”

A Little Roughed Up

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ I bought sandpaper. Okay. So what? I know you’re wondering about the significance of buying sandpaper. Well, it’s the novelty of it. Sandpaper just isn’t something I normally buy. But I haveContinue reading “A Little Roughed Up”

Just Like Licking Chocolate From the Wrapper

“And this hope [the hope of salvation] will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:5‬ ‭ Ahhh. Chocolate. Not just any chocolate – Swiss chocolate. With whole hazelnuts. Mmmmm, mmmmm, mmmmm. My favourite. ThisContinue reading “Just Like Licking Chocolate From the Wrapper”

Germination Blues

“Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:11‬ ‭ Seeds were made to grow. Seriously, they were designed to germinate. But mine aren’tContinue reading “Germination Blues”

A Saskatchewan Spring

“…May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:21‬ ‭ Ah, the transformation! The bitter cold of winter, the north winds, the frosted windshields and icy roads giving way at last to sunshine, birds, and bees!Continue reading “A Saskatchewan Spring”

The Pit of Despair

“He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭40:2‬ ‭ It’s that time of year. We have descended, not into madness, but into something far, far worse. Mud. Squelchy, squishy, liquid mess, compoundedContinue reading “The Pit of Despair”

The People of the Not Yet

“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.””‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭ This is my garden today. It’s not exactly – er, ‘garden-y’. No peas and carrots. No corn or squash. No flowers.Continue reading “The People of the Not Yet”

The Marshmallow Test

“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭ What’s better than a marshmallow around the fire? Two marshmallows around the fire, of course. Years ago, Oprah had a special guest on her talk show to illustrate the marshmallow principle. Which went something like this: Several childrenContinue reading “The Marshmallow Test”