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”

Pretty Little Thieves

“When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”‭‭John‬ ‭15:8‬ ‭ Ah, strawberries. There’s nothing like walking out to the garden and picking a pailful of juicy, sun warmed berries and literally enjoying the fruits of my labour. It’s one of the lovely perks of having aContinue reading “Pretty Little Thieves”

It Just Might Bite You in the Backside

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:15‬ ‭ I’d never seen it before, to be honest. At least, that was my excuse at the time. I noticed the first few orange bumps on a small shrubby plant as I was walking by. Interested, I stoppedContinue reading “It Just Might Bite You in the Backside”

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

“Truly, I love your commands more than gold, even the finest gold.” Psalms‬ ‭119:127‬ ‭ I love the glitter of Christmas. The lights. The sparkle. The cheer and vibrancy of festive decor. But this year I’ve been reminded over and over again that the true value of Christmas is deeper. As the grinch would say,Continue reading “All That Glitters Is Not Gold”

Give Big

“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 ‭ *question overheard in every neighbourhood in North America this time of year* Well,Continue reading “Give Big”

A Little Lesson on Decorating

“Slaves must always obey their masters and do their best to please them. They must not talk back or steal, but must show themselves to be entirely trustworthy and good. Then they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive in every way.” Titus‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭ Really? A verse used in the past byContinue reading “A Little Lesson on Decorating”

Becoming Mary

“Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:38‬ ‭ This is Mary. Well, it’s a lily that reminds me of her. Same thing, right? Ish. This lily is beautiful. She is classy, but she doesn’t flaunt herself. Rather, she bends,Continue reading “Becoming Mary”