“Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.” ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning A few weeks ago, teaching from Luke 14: 25-35, my pastor shared this quote, and it stopped me in my tracks. He said, … Continue reading holy ground
Remember those tiny seeds in my hand. Oh, me of little faith, doubting how life could possibly come from something so small. Now transformed. That's what new life is, a transformation. Once a little seed. Now a baby plant with baby roots, tiny yet strong enough to grow new life out of the darkness. Roots … Continue reading oh me of little faith
This year my Dad and I are attempting to get a head start on the growing season with the aid of an indoor grow light and a lot of God's grace. Maybe in a few weeks we will have some seedlings. Maybe not. My impatient and doubting nature showing through the process. Water, light, nutrients, … Continue reading planting seeds & good grace
I imagine it's no coincidence that the founding church charted out the Lenten season during the waiting for spring. Redemption, coming to life again...found in the bleak, gray of winter's end, just when we think it will never come. Lent is uncomfortable. The waiting uncomfortable. I recently learned that many lilac varieties can't bloom without … Continue reading the waiting for spring
I'm holding the baby onion bulbs in my palm of my hand, admiring their unique shapes and shades of color. It's an unusually warm day for March in the Midwest. My first year gardening, like the novice I still am, I would have planted every single seed I had, on a warm day like this...but … Continue reading plant a garden, grow your faith.