The Product of Pain

“There was a man named Jabez who was more honorable than any of his brothers. His mother named him Jabez because his birth had been so painful. He was the one who prayed to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and expand my territory! Please be with me in all thatContinue reading “The Product of Pain”

Keeping up with the Joneses (and the Smiths, and the Jacksons, and the Neufelds…)

“Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.”‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭ Green. As in, the colour of that neighbour’s grass. Also the colour of your complexion as you eye said grass. Or fence. Or landscaping. Or driveway. Then there’s the newContinue reading “Keeping up with the Joneses (and the Smiths, and the Jacksons, and the Neufelds…)”

Limited Capacity

““ Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭39:4‬ ‭ I have always been ‘capacity disabled’, but this was a little ridiculous. Even for me. I was trying to save time by pouring fresh tomato sauce from a roasterContinue reading “Limited Capacity”

That’s Some Home Security

“Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:5‬ ‭ Locks, bolts, fences, dogs with studded collars and sharp teeth, home security systems. What’s up? Well, we like our ‘stuff’. And our ‘stuff’ gives others the idea that it would be nice to have our stuff withoutContinue reading “That’s Some Home Security”

You Are in the Will

“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:18‬ The dreaded will. Most of us need to write one – it makes things a lot easier on those whoContinue reading “You Are in the Will”

When You’ve Got Mice in the Camper

“and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭ Ugh. On the plus side, the traps have been very effective. On the negative side, there’s some damage control needed on aisle three… And it reminds me –Continue reading “When You’ve Got Mice in the Camper”

Curb Appeal

“If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭ Drive down any street, in any community – and you will know what I mean. You see themContinue reading “Curb Appeal”

Level the Playing Field

“Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭15:10‬ ‭ Let’s get really honest, shall we? We’ve been exploring what it means to have been given a piece of property – a life, an inheritance – and I know you’ve noticed, too. NotContinue reading “Level the Playing Field”

Spiritual Fences

“You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭74:17‬ ‭ Fence building is a serious business. Billions of dollars are spent annually to keep pets in, and salesmen out. Fair enough. Fences are designed to keep the wanted stuff in and unwanted stuff out. But a really good fenceContinue reading “Spiritual Fences”

Real Estate Development

“By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:3-4‬ ‭ Wisdom. Makes you think of owls with spectacles, right? But wisdom is a lot more than feathers and fowl. Wisdom is “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment;Continue reading “Real Estate Development”