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”

Faithful in the Little Things

““If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭16:10‬ ‭ This is a daylily. Isn’t she lovely? She’s a showstopper for real. But here’s the thing. She’s only going to live for one day.Continue reading “Faithful in the Little Things”

The Den of Distraction

“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:25‬ ‭ “It’s dark in there, everyone. But don’t be afraid! When we stick together, we will have enough light to banish the darkness!” A volley of loud giggles and varied intense assents hit me in the midsection. (They are short, after all).Continue reading “The Den of Distraction”

The Waiting Game

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭62:5‬ ‭ ‘Waiting is not easy…’, says one of my littles quite often. He’s referencing the title of a Mo Willems book that my class particularly enjoys in which an elephant named Gerald has to wait all day for hisContinue reading “The Waiting Game”

Planning For Harvest

“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 ‭ I invested in my future today. I planted some lilies. I added compost, dug them in nice and deep, and watered them well. They will rootContinue reading “Planning For Harvest”

Quite the Mess

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭ Oh. My. This is quite the mess. I don’t generally go in for things like that, but if I didn’t know any better, I’d say myContinue reading “Quite the Mess”

While We Wait

“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭ So. Exciting. Can’t wait for those red boots. Ok. They aren’t here yet. *weeks go by* They’ll be here shortly. I know it. *months go by* Ok. I didn’t know then that they were coming from China. IContinue reading “While We Wait”