Monthly Archives: April 2017

Month: April 2017 Tending Your Marriage Garden

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll remember I often make references to my gardens. Not so much to share gardening techniques or skills, but what’s growing in the gardens.  I think more than in any other place, I find instruction in the garden.  It seems the Lord meets me out there in ways I can never anticipate — but one thing I can or do anticipate is that He will be out there with me and He’ll have something to show me. So I was walking around today to see the work ahead in the garden.  I shouldn’t wonder, but I do this every year.  And sure enough, the Lord met me in the garden as I was singing and admiring the new growth, the blossoms, the tulips…  And then beside our house there’s that incredibly fast spreading Bishop’s Weed (Aegopodium ‘Variegatum’).  It’s beautiful, soft continue reading

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Month: April 2017 He’s Writing My Story

Every day, year after year, God’s writing my story.  Every day,  whether or not I can understand the circumstances I face, He has a very good plan for whatever I face. And regardless of my comprehension, His plan is for my good and His glory. I believe this not only because His word says so, but also because I have seen His work and His glory has been continually revealed in His work in my life and in the lives around me.  This isn’t one of those God’s Word says it, I believe it, and that settles it! sorts of statements.  Truly, it doesn’t matter if I believe it or not: if God’s Word says it, it’s settled. But by God’s grace and mercy,  my seeing or experiencing God’s work affirms His work to me—it affirms His purpose in me.  That’s one of the precious angles of the Lord I continue reading

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Month: April 2017 Today You Have Today

On the wall in my kitchen hangs a plate that has imprinted the saying:  Today you have today.  It hangs there every day… every day I walk through the doorway below it and rarely look up to see that plate — or any other specific thing that hangs on the wall, for that matter.  Except one of the clocks. Isn’t it interesting?  Many things in our lives we see — but don’t really see — every day.  And every day these things are before us and could remind us that we have opportunity to do things today — each day — to recognize, to act upon, to remember things that are important — you know, the people and things that our walls sort of memorialize or showcase… photographs, quotes, awards, treasures of days gone by. Things on our walls should be more than a memory… more than a decoration adorning continue reading

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Month: April 2017 The Increeping Vulgarity

This post is sort of a signs of the times observation and a mulling over the consequences of one of the dramatic changes our society is undergoing. The increeping vulgarity of society hasn’t happened all at once — it’s happened slowly, incrementally, over time.  Increeping vulgarity, along with its visible companions, lewd behaviour and crude speech have slowly encroached on society, and are slowly being normalized in our culture.  Vulgarity has begun to be so acceptable, so commonplace — even expected on many levels.   Vulgarity thrives on a one way street ardently demanding its voice as an entitlement. On any level, I’m stunned by the commonplace presence, acceptance, or promotion of vulgar speech, vulgar dress, vulgar behaviour, vulgar attitudes permeating every area of life.   Though it shouldn’t be surprising, it is.   It so is. The other day I heard someone’s reply to a rebuttal of some current activities and I continue reading

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