A Little on the Ugly Side

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.”‭‭John‬ ‭12:24‬ ‭ See this raspberry plant? (Not the fruit. We’ll get to the fruit later.) It’s not looking too good. I mean,Continue reading “A Little on the Ugly Side”

That Burns

“But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.””‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:13-14‬ ‭ Ouch. See those blisters? I got them one day working out in the garden.Continue reading “That Burns”

Better, Not Bitter

“The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:5‬ ‭ Check out this tree. Hubby and I recently went canoeing on a local river, and we were soaking up the sun and sounds and sensations when I spotted this oddball. All of the other trees around it wereContinue reading “Better, Not Bitter”

Risk of Frost

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?”‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:35‬ ‭ The Saskatoons are blooming! Which means, of course, a risk of frost. (If you aren’t familiar withContinue reading “Risk of Frost”

Build a Boat

““Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭6:17-18‬ ‭ Ever had a rough day? The kind thatContinue reading “Build a Boat”

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”

Waiting for The Sky to Fall

“Then Jonah went out to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under as he waited to see what would happen to the city.”‭‭Jonah‬ ‭4:5‬ ‭ I love Jonah. You know. The guy who was told to go preach to the city of Nineveh in the Old Testament – exceptContinue reading “Waiting for The Sky to Fall”

The Predator’s Bite

“Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east would attack Israel…”‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:3‬ ‭ Some days start better than others. Yesterday’s start was – well, the saying “This bites!” comes to mind. And it does. Literally. There has been a herd of deer hanging around this neck ofContinue reading “The Predator’s Bite”

It Will Leave Its Mark

“Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:1‬ ‭ The wind has left its mark. Look at that intricate masterpiece! This snowbank is sculpted by winds and scoured by gritty snow until it has taken in fantastical shapes and angles, cornices and columns. Amazing. How beautiful the finished product! How horrifyingContinue reading “It Will Leave Its Mark”

Breaking Point

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭ This tree had a breaking point. Years ago – many, by the looks of things –Continue reading “Breaking Point”