Fresh Fruit

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭ Mmmmm. Doesn’t this tray of fruit make your mouth water? Juicy. Flavourful. Packed with fibre and vitamins and minerals and natural sugars, fruit isContinue reading “Fresh Fruit”

It Gets a Little Messy

“Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭14:4‬ ‭ It’s harvest time! All that work, coming to fruition. The planning. The purchasing of materials. The planting. The watering. (Oh, the watering I did this year!) The weeding. And now? The picking. And the work isn’t finishedContinue reading “It Gets a Little Messy”

The Lesson of the Long Haul

“They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭126:6‬ ‭ It’s time. Fall bulbs are showing up in the stores. There are online catalogs aplenty. With fall weather comes fall planting season. Fall planting is fun – but not nearly as exciting as spring planting.Continue reading “The Lesson of the Long Haul”

Hope is a Dog on the Trail

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭62:5‬ ‭ Here is a picture of hope, if you will. One dog, waiting patiently on the walking trail. She waits quietly. Expectantly. She knows the joys of discovering new smells and scent trails and potential critters to chase. SheContinue reading “Hope is a Dog on the Trail”

The Fungus Phenomenon

“So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:13‬ ‭ Odd. Distinctly odd. It’s been terribly dry this summer. I set up a sprinkler to water a patch of grass, to keepContinue reading “The Fungus Phenomenon”

A Green Investment

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ ‭ What a leap of faith, this buying packages of vegetable seeds. I mean – not too long ago, the soil was frozen solid. We have had an unusually cool spring, with temperatures dropping below theContinue reading “A Green Investment”

The Pit of Despair

“He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭40:2‬ ‭ It’s that time of year. We have descended, not into madness, but into something far, far worse. Mud. Squelchy, squishy, liquid mess, compoundedContinue reading “The Pit of Despair”

The People of the Not Yet

“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.””‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭ This is my garden today. It’s not exactly – er, ‘garden-y’. No peas and carrots. No corn or squash. No flowers.Continue reading “The People of the Not Yet”

The Marshmallow Test

“Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭ What’s better than a marshmallow around the fire? Two marshmallows around the fire, of course. Years ago, Oprah had a special guest on her talk show to illustrate the marshmallow principle. Which went something like this: Several childrenContinue reading “The Marshmallow Test”

Oops, I Did It Again

“But the people would not listen and continued to follow their former practices.”‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭17:40‬ ‭ “Aaaaaaaaaah!” The frustrated yell comes from the basement. I giggle. I know exactly what it means. OOPS. I did it again. My canning shelves are in the basement. For years, there has been a string pull for the lightContinue reading “Oops, I Did It Again”