Sometime early in the fall, the earth begins to tip upward and those of us in North America begin the march toward winter, when the sun is furthest from the earth. Moving away from the sun, brings on cold temperatures. Sap that once easily moved in trees to supply life, eventually slows down and leaves […]
I was at a retreat center recently on a cold, windy drizzly day. I had a raincoat, boots and a sweater but even with all that, I still didn’t want to wander outside too much. The dark colors, broken limbs, dead leaves, gray sky and harsh wind all reminded me of the seeming death in […]
I love the near-instant satisfaction of working in the yard. When it’s tended to regularly the results can be fabulous. Just like our soul. Tending to and caring for the health of our soul can result in its blossoming into the wonderful entity God intended. The opposite is also true, right? My work […]
If you are a gardener or someone who loves the beauty of nature in a yard, you know that weeds, dead leaves, overgrown vines and yard clippings have to be taken out. Large brown bags from home stores line our street as evidence that we have to do something with the refuse, the weeds…the junk. We […]
I have a confession to make. I’ve always been the kind of person that acts first and reads directions later. I like to think I’m doing better in this area as I get older but, if I’m honest, I still prefer speed and action over slower, thoughtful effort. As you may know, sometimes doing things this […]
For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good. -Psalm 107:9 (NASB) Are you satisfied, thirsty, hungry…in your soul? I am constantly amazed at how fast weeds shrivel up once they’ve been pulled out of the ground by their roots. When I cut roses and put them in […]
With everything now in bloom, one of the most beautiful and mysterious plants we have to behold is the daylily. The word daylily means “day” and “beauty”, reminding us that the each bloom is but for one day. The idea of a beautiful flower only having one short day to shine and then being replaced […]
One fall about 12 years ago, when our girls were in elementary school, we went on a church-sponsored hayride. I remember the loud tractor engine, the prickly hay, the tug of the tractor on the trailer and kids laughing and talking back and forth. Soon we all got settled in and were laying back on the […]
In the ancient culture of shepherding, the shepherd would gather the sheep each night and keep them safe by corralling them in a confined area (perhaps where two large rock formations join together) and the shepherd would lay across the opening to the area similar to a door or gate. This would keep the sheep safe as nothing could pass through to get the sheep unless it entered the gate. Jesus said he is the gate. We can find protection from evil and from the thieves of our life as we enter into the true safety offered to us by Christ.
God wants us to grow. He does not want us to go through life just surviving with the bare nutrients and essentials. He wants us to thrive. Just look around at how He works. He gives flowers, shrubs and trees everything they need….. sunlight, water and soil. When all three are in balance plants give off a glory that only they can….they radiate beauty, create shade and produce sweet smells. Think if the intensely sweet smell of a rose.