Ignition Factor

“A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭26:21‬ ‭ See this pretty plant smothered with pink flowers? Yeah. That one. It’s called a gas plant. (No, I’m not making this up.) The flowers contain some sort of oil that on hot days can be encouraged toContinue reading “Ignition Factor”

Dirty Little Secrets

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:31‬ Disgusting. I was checking on my plant babies after a gentle rain this evening when I spotted an anomaly – two large leaves all curled up. Curious, I tugged gently on the leaf nearest toContinue reading “Dirty Little Secrets”

Cup of Blessing

“Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:5‬ ‭ See my cup of blessing? (Well, technically it is a peony, but I’m sure you will humour me a little.) I wrote about this beauty a few weeks ago. I shared how amazingly fast this plant growsContinue reading “Cup of Blessing”

How Unexpected

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭ The lady slippers are out! To the discerning eye, the ditches in these parts are dotted with yellow thisContinue reading “How Unexpected”

Preventative Measures

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ I’ve been digging around a lot lately. Odds were good that I’d find at least one. Cutworm, I mean. Oooooh,Continue reading “Preventative Measures”

The Boat Bath (AKA ‘Oh We of Little Faith’)

“Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “You have so little faith! Why are you arguing with each other about having no bread?”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭16:8‬ ‭ See that? It’s our dugout. It’s the reason our boat took a bath and needed – er, a gentle rescue. The whole thing was pretty unexpected, given theContinue reading “The Boat Bath (AKA ‘Oh We of Little Faith’)”

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?

“The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭11:30‬ ‭ It’s planting season. Despite our piles of snow and the cool weather, spring is indeed -er, springing. It’s slow. It’s crawling in at a snail’s pace. But it’s on its way. Hence the seeds. Seeds are so amazing.Continue reading “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?”

More Than You Can Chew

“Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.”‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:37‬ ‭ I saw the crumbs first. Then the serious intensity that could only indicate a compulsion to chat. “Teacher? Can I tell you something?” Of course she could, I indicated with what I hoped wasContinue reading “More Than You Can Chew”

Multiplication

“For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭9:10‬ ‭ I’ve been doing some multiplying lately. Not beefing up my times tables – I haveContinue reading “Multiplication”

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”