Get a Whiff of That!

“And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭5‬:‭11‬ ‭ Pee-yew! Yeah. That’s pretty rank. The garbage, I mean. Oh, I’m well aware that garbage in general, by its very definition, is a smelly and revolting mess. But this got my attention, let me tell you. As a rule, when weContinue reading “Get a Whiff of That!”

The Hobbler

“Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.”‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭18‬:‭21‬ ‭ Kch, kch, kch. To the stove, to put the pan on theContinue reading “The Hobbler”

Feeling the Love

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭8‬ ‭ The heavy fog every night lately has done wonders for the view in these parts. Magical feathers of rime frost, built layer upon layer, have turned the landscape into a winter wonderland toContinue reading “Feeling the Love”

Accessibility

“Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭2‬ ‭ Just before Christmas I enrolled in a new course. It was a surprise, last minute addition to my goals of lifelong learning. Because ofContinue reading “Accessibility”

What Do You Want From Me?

“Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.””‭‭John‬ ‭6‬:‭29‬ ‭ I was cleaning up from a busy day at school with my Littles – setting things straight for another full day of learning ahead on the morrow – when I caught sight of BabyContinue reading “What Do You Want From Me?”

All in the Eyes of the Tea Maker

“For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭15‬ ‭ My tea experiences lately have been rather – instructive. See, a few days ago, I was sitting in a coffee shop with my Mister and my daughter. A steaming Kashmiri chai was before me. Good company, goodContinue reading “All in the Eyes of the Tea Maker”

Dark Days

“You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18‬:‭28‬ We are in dark days. And they are just going to get darker. Literally. The coming of the winter solstice means darkness gets the upper hand at these latitudes. Day-length shrinks dramatically. We wake up in the dark, and comeContinue reading “Dark Days”

Reflections

“Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭5‬ ‭ Idyllic. Not many of life’s moments are that, if you haven’t noticed yet. This one was one of those that make you catch your breath because you know you are in the presence of the holy. The wind was negligible. The tamaracks were nearingContinue reading “Reflections”

Running Over and Poured Into Your Lap

“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.””‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:38‬ Frost was predicted. It was time. To pick grapes, that is. With frost comes damageContinue reading “Running Over and Poured Into Your Lap”

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”