Odd Man Out

“Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.”‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:7‬ ‭ It was – definitely odd. A flock of ducks on a slough. (Well, that part isn’t odd. It’s spring migration, and we in these parts see millions of birds as they pass through in their wayContinue reading “Odd Man Out”

Experience Wanted

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭ You’re ready. Almost. Your name is called. Nerves are a factor, but you’ve been preparing for this. Your speech isContinue reading “Experience Wanted”

True Love

“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭ True love. That tingling in the toes, all the stars dancing, butterflies in the stomach? The Hallmark Hollywood version? Nope. Not it. Fun, exciting, exhilarating even –Continue reading “True Love”

Bling

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.””‭‭Zephaniah‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ Her touch was reverent. Small fingers trailed over the rhinestones in my necklace, tracingContinue reading “Bling”

How to See Everlasting Love

“Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31:3‬ ‭ He doesn’t say it as much as he lives it. It’s in the way he greets me in the morning. It’s in those wonderful Sunday breakfasts. It’sContinue reading “How to See Everlasting Love”

Close Beside Me

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭ To say it was unexpected was a bit of an understatement. To be honest, it had never happened before. Being a novelty, it felt ratherContinue reading “Close Beside Me”

In a Tight Spot

“The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:17‬ ‭ This is the beginning of our regular snowshoeing route – a quick clatter through the culvert beneath the highway, then on along the creek bottom. It’s a lovely trail. Having brought friends out thisContinue reading “In a Tight Spot”

An Ice Issue

“Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭24:12‬ ‭ *shiver* This wee stream was trickling happily a few days ago. Today, not so much. It held out for as long as it could, but it was rather inevitable. A twenty five degree drop in temperature is pretty hard toContinue reading “An Ice Issue”

It’s the Thought That Counts

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:17‬ ‭ I spotted them right away. A wee trio of ‘Sweethearts’ candy, their messages displayed prominently on their cheerful faces. Aw. Hubby had placed them there for me to find at breakfast time – he leaves for work before I’m upContinue reading “It’s the Thought That Counts”

Reading Valentines

“We love each other because he loved us first.”‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭ It’s pretty sweet. Every year, the same scenario plays itself out on Valentine’s Day – a bevy of excited kids, dizzy with joy, distribute their valentines. One by one, they pop them into the oversized envelopes that have become our classroom tradition, personallyContinue reading “Reading Valentines”