A Little on the Ugly Side

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives.”‭‭John‬ ‭12:24‬ ‭ See this raspberry plant? (Not the fruit. We’ll get to the fruit later.) It’s not looking too good. I mean,Continue reading “A Little on the Ugly Side”

Pulling Up Poppies

“‘Should we pull out the weeds?’ they asked. “‘No,’ he replied, ‘you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.’””‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:27-30‬ ‭ It wasn’tContinue reading “Pulling Up Poppies”

That Burns

“But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.””‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:13-14‬ ‭ Ouch. See those blisters? I got them one day working out in the garden.Continue reading “That Burns”

Sealed

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭1:13‬ This plant is a beautiful wildflower called Solomon’s Seal; it is native to this area. It likes a woodland settingContinue reading “Sealed”

Ready, Set, Grow!

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭ This lovely specimen pictured here is a peony. It is the first of its kind to poke out of theContinue reading “Ready, Set, Grow!”

Faux Finish

“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.”‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭ I love terra cotta pots. I love uniquely shaped pots – like urns, bowls, troughs – anything that looks interesting, I wanna put a plant in.Continue reading “Faux Finish”

Poking Through

“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:7‬ ‭ Perennials are poking through! After their long winter nap, my old friends are waking up and starting to stretch their arms out of the dirt and shake off their funeral clothes!Continue reading “Poking Through”

The Reality of What We Hope For

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:1‬ It was snowing. Again. I gestured toward the window and told my kitties to check out what the weather was doing. “The weather has changed again. It looks more like winter out thee than spring!” MyContinue reading “The Reality of What We Hope For”

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”

Drip, Drip

“I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’”‭‭Hosea‬ ‭10:12‬ ‭ Icicles! Drip, drip. I’ve never been more happy to see themContinue reading “Drip, Drip”