Better, Not Bitter

“The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:5‬ ‭ Check out this tree. Hubby and I recently went canoeing on a local river, and we were soaking up the sun and sounds and sensations when I spotted this oddball. All of the other trees around it wereContinue reading “Better, Not Bitter”

The Old Sort and Stack

“I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:28‬ ‭ We all have them. Burdens, I mean. Some are larger than others. Some are a more awkward shape, or heavier, or harder to carry. Some need to be carted around for weeks or months at a time. Still others must be carried for aContinue reading “The Old Sort and Stack”

Waiting for The Sky to Fall

“Then Jonah went out to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under as he waited to see what would happen to the city.”‭‭Jonah‬ ‭4:5‬ ‭ I love Jonah. You know. The guy who was told to go preach to the city of Nineveh in the Old Testament – exceptContinue reading “Waiting for The Sky to Fall”

The Predator’s Bite

“Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east would attack Israel…”‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:3‬ ‭ Some days start better than others. Yesterday’s start was – well, the saying “This bites!” comes to mind. And it does. Literally. There has been a herd of deer hanging around this neck ofContinue reading “The Predator’s Bite”

It Will Leave Its Mark

“Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:1‬ ‭ The wind has left its mark. Look at that intricate masterpiece! This snowbank is sculpted by winds and scoured by gritty snow until it has taken in fantastical shapes and angles, cornices and columns. Amazing. How beautiful the finished product! How horrifyingContinue reading “It Will Leave Its Mark”

Frostbite

“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭147:3‬ ‭ It’s distinctly odd that ‘frostbite’ should burn. Now, don’t get your undies in a knot. It’s just a touch, and only on my nose (the skin of which is starting to peel), and I’m certain my prognosis is life. It’s just that it was aContinue reading “Frostbite”

Breaking Point

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭ This tree had a breaking point. Years ago – many, by the looks of things –Continue reading “Breaking Point”

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”