So the Shame Won’t Stick

“No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭25:3‬ ‭ It was – well, sticky. Seriously sticky. The kind of sticky where a paper towel just moves it around and makes the whole thing worse. Even a warm cloth seemedContinue reading “So the Shame Won’t Stick”

The Winter, She Cometh

“You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭74:17‬ ‭ Brrrr. The nights are getting colder. The winds blow from the north. Frost is a daily event. The Winter, she cometh. I don’t like scraping ice from my windshield. I don’t like having to start my vehicle and letContinue reading “The Winter, She Cometh”

Let It Go

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭ It’s the start ofContinue reading “Let It Go”

When You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭ You gotta feel bad for this beaver. I mean, he really bit off more than he could chew. This tree is a mature one – I couldn’t reach around it.Continue reading “When You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew”

Time to Transplant

“For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭92:13‬ ‭ Grab a spade. It’s transplanting season! While spring is the best time to do a lot of the planting phase in these parts, fall is a great time to transplant. That’s when you move one plantContinue reading “Time to Transplant”

You Need to Stick Your Toes in the Grass

“Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭23:12‬ ‭ “…and I need to get things labelled, and figure out a new math program, and get calendars and booklets and materials printed when the photocopier isn’t working, and I need to – “ He just looked at me. “Go outside.” I stopped. “IContinue reading “You Need to Stick Your Toes in the Grass”

Fear Factor

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46:1-2‬ ‭ Ugh. My apologies to all you snake lovers out there, but double ugh. I just hate them. I mean, think about it. Scales. ForkedContinue reading “Fear Factor”

Great Expectations

“What more could I have done for my vineyard that I have not already done? When I expected sweet grapes, why did my vineyard give me bitter grapes?”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭ Ok, let’s talk smack. Christmas grapes – er, expectations, I mean. Hallmark movies are playing around the clock, dispensing sappy-sweet sentimental cookies and candy canesContinue reading “Great Expectations”

Set it All Down

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭ Grunt. I can’t really see where I’m going, so I proceed by memory. Dang, that’s heavy. And not just heavy. It’s plain awkward. I’m dropping chunks and odds and ends. IfContinue reading “Set it All Down”

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”