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”

Sealed

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:13‬ This plant is a beautiful wildflower called Solomon’s Seal; it is native to this area. It likes a woodland settingContinue reading “Sealed”

Preventative Measures

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ I’ve been digging around a lot lately. Odds were good that I’d find at least one. Cutworm, I mean. Oooooh,Continue reading “Preventative Measures”

Migration Mystery

“Then they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their ancestors, with all their heart and soul.”‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭15:12‬ ‭ It’s astounding. Hundreds – rather, thousands of black-tipped wings flapping in unison, accompanied by the hoarse cries of migrating snow geese. This time of year, many species of migrating fowl flyContinue reading “Migration Mystery”

Multiplication

“For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭ I’ve been doing some multiplying lately. Not beefing up my times tables – I haveContinue reading “Multiplication”

A Full Time Job

“Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:14‬ ‭ It’s a full time job. Living in peace, I mean. Let’s get brutally honest for a moment, shall we? People are – well, so very human. We messContinue reading “A Full Time Job”

Mirrors are Meant to be Looked At

“For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:23‬ ‭ She was so friendly! The lady at the door, I mean. She smiled wide. She was animated. She was attentive. Every possible social cue I was picking up on was pointing in theContinue reading “Mirrors are Meant to be Looked At”

The Recognition Factor

“After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.  They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” John 10:4,5 It’s distinctive. “Hear that?” I did. I did, indeed. I knew I’d heard it before, too, butContinue reading “The Recognition Factor”

The Warning

“They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:11‬ ‭ Isn’t it cool? This pictograph, I mean. Our guide wasn’t sure how old they were. It’s one of many on the Churchill River system in northern Saskatchewan. They are drawings by indigenous peoples from long ago in redContinue reading “The Warning”

Because He Can

“You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭23:26‬ ‭ It’s canning season. Here is my canner, in the dry grass under a tree. Why, you ask? Let me tell you a story… All over the country, folks who like to gatherContinue reading “Because He Can”