The Great Recycling Project

“Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭ The three Rs. They are drilled into us. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. It’s a way of helping us to deal with a harsh reality – just by living,Continue reading “The Great Recycling Project”

The Ultimate Avenger

“For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭9:12‬ ‭ This verse hit me like a ton of bricks today. Ouch. For some reason, just reading it dredged up the most traumatic experience of my life – and I realized I wasn’t finished grievingContinue reading “The Ultimate Avenger”

When Third Winter Has You By the Throat

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you…”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:5-6‬ ‭ Even those familiar with Third Winter can’t help but be frosted by it. Seriously. The sunContinue reading “When Third Winter Has You By the Throat”

Let Me Count the Ways

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭ Admirable. As in, something to admire. Something worth looking at. Something that has earned our respect, likeContinue reading “Let Me Count the Ways”

Blah, Blah, Blah

“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:20‬ ‭ *cringe* This was not looking good. The lecturer was 12 minutes into the session, and still talking about himself as an introduction. It’s cool to have credentials. Even cooler to have interesting life experiencesContinue reading “Blah, Blah, Blah”

Nature’s Maternity Ward

“Who is the mother of the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens?”‭‭Job‬ ‭38:29‬ Mother Nature. We hear that term a lot, right? Which is why these words in Job are so interesting. See, God is replying to Job’s questions. Job had a lot of questions. He had lost his possessions, hisContinue reading “Nature’s Maternity Ward”

On Lamps and Such

“You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:28‬ ‭ I love sunsets. Sunsets through a magical canopy of lacy frost? *contented sigh* The glow of this particular sunset was so dazzling that I stopped and held up my hands in worship. I stared. I snapped photos. I thoughtContinue reading “On Lamps and Such”

Between a Rock and – Another Rock

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭ Look at her. She’s definitely between a rock and a hard place – er, another rock. This cute little brittle bladder-fern is doing what she does best – growing where noContinue reading “Between a Rock and – Another Rock”

The Sticking Point

“There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:24‬ ‭ I wasn’t sure what I was looking for. I just knew I’d know it when I found it. Turns out, it found me. Wild licorice has been called ‘the original Velcro’ – and with good reason! WhiteContinue reading “The Sticking Point”

Slippery Slope

“But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.” Psalms‬ ‭73:2‬ ‭ The highways were slick today. The blizzard blew itself out; the crews were out and about early (thanks, everyone!) and the main roads were cleared of snowdrifts, allowing folks like me to get toContinue reading “Slippery Slope”