The Accelerated Program

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ I bought myself a new toy. A heat mat. Not a heating pad. A heat mat. It provides steady gentle heatContinue reading “The Accelerated Program”

Getting Rich

“The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10:22‬ You may not recognize rich when you see it, but I’m telling you – this is rich. This is my compost bin. It’s covered with snow right now, and isn’t doing a lot of active decomposing, but there’sContinue reading “Getting Rich”

A Bumpy Ride

““My complaint today is still a bitter one, and I try hard not to groan aloud.”‭‭Job‬ ‭23:2‬ I’m pretty sure my head hit the ceiling. Which is quite a feat while wearing a seatbelt, all things considered. I didn’t think I’d taken the railway crossing at a dangerous speed, but there were extenuating circumstances. TheContinue reading “A Bumpy Ride”

How Strange!

“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭ We were enjoying a lovely family hike in the river valley when I first noticed it. There seemed to be a white powdery substance on the ground, rather reminiscent of aContinue reading “How Strange!”

So the Shame Won’t Stick

“No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭25:3‬ ‭ It was – well, sticky. Seriously sticky. The kind of sticky where a paper towel just moves it around and makes the whole thing worse. Even a warm cloth seemedContinue reading “So the Shame Won’t Stick”

Golden Gifts

“From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.”‭‭John‬ ‭1:16‬ ‭ This is one of our fire pits on our wee acreage. It’s a great spot from which to enjoy a sunset, with a view over the calm water of our dugout. This time of year, when the evening light hits itContinue reading “Golden Gifts”

In Search of Wolf’s Milk

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13‬ Funny, how you often find exactly what you are looking for. Take wolf’s milk, for example. See those funny looking grey pustules in the photo? Those are the fruiting bodies of a slime mould named ‘Wolf’s Milk’. I didn’t know it existed before yesterday,Continue reading “In Search of Wolf’s Milk”

It’s Time to Deadhead

“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”‭‭John‬ ‭15:2‬ ‭ It’s time. Pruners in hand, I walk the garden paths, watching for patches like this lovely clump of blue Veronica. There’s a lot of deadheading to do.Continue reading “It’s Time to Deadhead”

A Little Roughed Up

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ I bought sandpaper. Okay. So what? I know you’re wondering about the significance of buying sandpaper. Well, it’s the novelty of it. Sandpaper just isn’t something I normally buy. But I haveContinue reading “A Little Roughed Up”

Fasciation Factor

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ Do you notice anything? Look closer. A little closer… See it? A fasciated flower! (Don’t look at me so blankly. Y’all know I’m getting to the explanation.) This plant is a spikeContinue reading “Fasciation Factor”