Seasons of Growth, Part 2: Fruit Bearing

In my last post, I wrote about some basic gardening practices and used those ideas to build an analogy about spiritual growth. Just as a gardener does not plant all her seeds at once but plants different things at different…

A God Who Gives Us What We Need

A charge is often leveled against God: “He doesn’t know (or doesn’t care about) what I need.” Jesus addressed that during the Sermon on the Mount. He said to the crowd (my paraphrase of Matthew 6:28-34), “You wonder if God…

When I was a kid, I did not understand the verses which said, “Deny yourself and do no work.” What was that all about, anyhow? Work is, well, work. It would be a pleasure not to work, not self-denial. However,…

Okay, now many will recognize these lyrics from a beloved Christmas song, but I’m working on Christmas right now and specifically our annual Christmas Outreach. (I always joke that Christmas is not a season, but a state of mind. It…

Seasons of Growth

I’m not a gardener. I don’t have a green thumb. Yet, when you look at my garden, you might say, “Really? Really? No green thumb?!?” The truth is that I’ve been grafted into the green thumb club. Both my husband…