How Strange!

“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭ We were enjoying a lovely family hike in the river valley when I first noticed it. There seemed to be a white powdery substance on the ground, rather reminiscent of aContinue reading “How Strange!”

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

“Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭8:2‬ ‭ “Do you want to go?” Wrong question. He should have asked, “Are you willing to go?” Because the two are very different. The first asks ifContinue reading “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way”

In Search of Wolf’s Milk

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13‬ Funny, how you often find exactly what you are looking for. Take wolf’s milk, for example. See those funny looking grey pustules in the photo? Those are the fruiting bodies of a slime mould named ‘Wolf’s Milk’. I didn’t know it existed before yesterday,Continue reading “In Search of Wolf’s Milk”

It’s Time to Deadhead

“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”‭‭John‬ ‭15:2‬ ‭ It’s time. Pruners in hand, I walk the garden paths, watching for patches like this lovely clump of blue Veronica. There’s a lot of deadheading to do.Continue reading “It’s Time to Deadhead”

Fasciation Factor

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ Do you notice anything? Look closer. A little closer… See it? A fasciated flower! (Don’t look at me so blankly. Y’all know I’m getting to the explanation.) This plant is a spikeContinue reading “Fasciation Factor”

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”

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”

Picture of Pretty Perseverance

“For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭ Aren’t these crocuses breathtaking? You’d never know that they are defying a lot of odds in order to look this good. Prairie crocuses are among the very first plants to grow in these parts. In fact, theyContinue reading “Picture of Pretty Perseverance”

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”