Just Like Steroids

“Ask the Lord for rain in the spring, for he makes the storm clouds. And he will send showers of rain so every field becomes a lush pasture.”‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭10:1‬ ‭ It rained!! And oh, that ground is thirsty… As soon as I knew it was really raining for real, I ran out to my gardenContinue reading “Just Like Steroids”

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”

Be Careful What You Sow

“A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:28‬ ‭ Peculiar. I mean, I had planted four zucchinis. Four identical seeds from the same package, four little identical sprouts, four little robust plants that got set out a few feet apart from each other in the same patch of soil. ButContinue reading “Be Careful What You Sow”

Rooting Willow Whips

“Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:3‬ ‭ I’m working on my living arches. Last year, a friend introduced me to the idea of ‘living fences’. I was intrigued. I researched. I planned. Then I went willow hunting. Willows have amazing properties. They root very easily. They are chuck full ofContinue reading “Rooting Willow Whips”

Sit in the Sun

“Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights— His faithful love endures forever. the sun to rule the day, His faithful love endures forever.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭136:7-8‬ ‭ My plants that need to stay indoors all winter tend to complain by this time of year. They tend to get etoliated, too. They tend to be what-now?Continue reading “Sit in the Sun”

Stunted?

“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ That cold weather, though. My baby plantlets – seeded with so much hope, started with so much promise – haven’t grown for several weeks. They are justContinue reading “Stunted?”

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”

Propagation Season

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭73:26‬ ‭ Succulents are the new garden rage. There are classes on how to pot them. Seminars on how to care for them. A whole line of pots and containers designed to holdContinue reading “Propagation Season”

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”

I Know Who Wins

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:7-9‬ ‭ Fourth Winter! You can’t make this stuff up. We are under another snowfallContinue reading “I Know Who Wins”