Undivided

“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭86‬:‭11‬ ‭ I like compartments. You know. Like, when I buy a purse, I always buy the one with the most zippers and pockets and places to stash stuff inside. And storage?Continue reading “Undivided”

Shove Harder

“And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”‭‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭7‬ ‭ They just won’t fit. And yet, I had just pulled the boxes out. They certainly should go back in. Perhaps some sterner stuffContinue reading “Shove Harder”

All in the Eyes of the Tea Maker

“For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭15‬ ‭ My tea experiences lately have been rather – instructive. See, a few days ago, I was sitting in a coffee shop with my Mister and my daughter. A steaming Kashmiri chai was before me. Good company, goodContinue reading “All in the Eyes of the Tea Maker”

Waiting for Wisteria

“I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭130:5‬ ‭ I don’t like to brag, but lookee here! Wisteria! Well, sort of. I can see that I should start at the beginning from your puzzled looks. It is wisteria. Wisteria is that gorgeousContinue reading “Waiting for Wisteria”

Treasure Hunt

“In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭ Aha! (You’ll have to read that with a boisterous, piratey sort of triumph, if you will.) AHA! (More throaty. Like a growl. There you go.) Lookee here. Juicy, delectable raspberries in the peak of ripeness. But more than that – these tenderContinue reading “Treasure Hunt”

Alive!

“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.”‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:35‬ It may look like an old dead stick, but you’d be wrong. (Except technically it is an old deadContinue reading “Alive!”

Back to Life

“The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?”‭‭Luke‬ ‭24:5‬ ‭ It’s finally happened. The annual spring sing-a-thon. It only happens, you see, when the frogs come back to life. Okay, so they weren’t technically dead.Continue reading “Back to Life”

All Dried Up

“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’””‭‭John‬ ‭7:38‬ ‭ They don’t look like much. Some of you may not believe me when I tell you all that stands between these dried out lumps and gorgeous flowers is time, soil –Continue reading “All Dried Up”

Of Camels and Needles

“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭ You see it, right? The sheer impossibility of it? It’s April. It’s time for bunnies and chicks and cavorting in the grass. But – what grass? Oh. That grass. The grass buried under six feetContinue reading “Of Camels and Needles”

Real Actual Grass

“Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭65:8‬ “Mrs. Lowes! You have to come!” The call was urgent. I hesitated. Was this the ‘someone is down and needs medical attention, so come-quick-double-time-hurry’ sortContinue reading “Real Actual Grass”