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a brush dipped in spring

We all get to the point of weariness and sometimes, we think we just want to veg out in front of a screen with the latest BBC. Gah I love BBC… But no. Change it up. Infuse your eyeballs with light and beauty. Go outside. Go for a walk. Listen […]

the smile of jesus

“Many people say, ‘Who will show us better times?’ Let your face smile on us, Lord. You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” […]

easter: the promise of spring

Sometimes it seems as though winter has lasted years. And then we feel a stirring, a rousing underneath all the old cold. We think and even start to declare that “surely spring will be here any second, and good riddance to winter!” We sense and even long for the change […]

keeping jesus first

As those in various God-given ministries – pastoring and mothering and serving – ministry in all its beautiful shades and textures, we must remember that it is not service that rejuvenates us and keeps us fresh. Or duty. Or even faith. It is not performance, or others’ notice of it. […]

drought tolerant

If you are a person called to discern and tell the present tense truth, if you are prophetic, there will always be attacks on this. They come in all forms: temptation to lie, fear of man, mockery, scorn, humiliation, ridicule, insecurity from childhood neglect, condemnation, distraction, lack of spiritual/emotional support, […]

let the gardener plant you

Sometimes it is patience that we need for growth to happen. To wait it out, be faithful, pray. In my garden, is true that some fruit can only come at the expense of time. At the cost of maturity. But there are others reasons why growth and productivity can be […]

remember joy

Joy is a weapon. When you hear the old whispers that tell you that you aren’t safe, that no one is. When fear lurches like a shadow in your peripheral sight. When you don’t know why it has happened. And worry tempts. When darkness feels so relentless. Or tragedy has […]