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”

The Den of Distraction

“Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:25‬ ‭ “It’s dark in there, everyone. But don’t be afraid! When we stick together, we will have enough light to banish the darkness!” A volley of loud giggles and varied intense assents hit me in the midsection. (They are short, after all).Continue reading “The Den of Distraction”

Kneeling on Blueberries (AKA, “Doing Your Own Laundry”)

““Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: If any of the people—men or women—betray the Lord by doing wrong to another person, they are guilty. They must confess their sin and make full restitution for what they have done, adding an additional 20 percent and returning it to the person who was wronged.”‭‭Numbers‬Continue reading “Kneeling on Blueberries (AKA, “Doing Your Own Laundry”)”

The Waiting Game

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭62:5‬ ‭ ‘Waiting is not easy…’, says one of my littles quite often. He’s referencing the title of a Mo Willems book that my class particularly enjoys in which an elephant named Gerald has to wait all day for hisContinue reading “The Waiting Game”

What Kind of Smell Are You Leaving Behind?

“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” Ephesians‬ ‭5:2‬ ‭ Right from the get-go, I need to be upfront. My analogy today is – well, to be honest, it stinks. You might even say it’sContinue reading “What Kind of Smell Are You Leaving Behind?”

Quite the Mess

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭ Oh. My. This is quite the mess. I don’t generally go in for things like that, but if I didn’t know any better, I’d say myContinue reading “Quite the Mess”