The Gardener Plants

    Sitting around the table with a few of my loved ones, the conversation had shifted to the gardens around our homes. As my friend's suffering eyes transformed with a glow when she described her home, I heard myself speaking an answer,   "You've planted your soul in the ground of that place."   … Continue reading The Gardener Plants

Is Your Song Waning?

Last week my husband and I took a short drive to our favorite spot on the lake to test out my new wheelchair on the short paved path there. Tears came as he pushed me past the late-season wildflowers.  I've not been able to get outside on that path all summer, and it felt so … Continue reading Is Your Song Waning?

August Simple Woman’s Daybook

For today, August 6, 2019 I am joining in with Peggy Hostetler of The Simple Woman’s Daybook, who has provided the template for this glimpse into our days. Her link is live throughout the month for anyone who wants to participate. Come along with me as I journey through my moments, looking for traces of … Continue reading August Simple Woman’s Daybook

Grounding and Nourishing

Always it’s the ground that draws my heart to reflect on growing. The sky calls to my dreams, but it’s the soil that brings me back to the parables that Jesus spoke, to the sheep and their grazing, to the rains falling on the dry ground.   One of my newer yet old forms of … Continue reading Grounding and Nourishing

A gift of waiting part 2

  The days of waiting continue.   The burdens for those I love grow heavier. The withdrawal from the Prednisone grows harder to bear in my body. And the cry for "Mercy, Lord Jesus!" echoes in my heart today with these simple words.     Thick rustles cover song almost breathing but tendril was sweet … Continue reading A gift of waiting part 2

God in the Garden

    A few weeks ago, I began a writing course with Flourish Writers, called "The Power of Story." Part of the exercises of looking for God in our own stories has been to write our Personal Timeline, marking both the negative and positive experiences. As my friend, Anna Smit, and I have been sharing … Continue reading God in the Garden

Stop and Smell the Flowers

https://youtu.be/_PkDusBOdR0   Fifteen years ago this spring I heard this song for the first time on Christian radio. There were so many good thoughts contained within the song, but this one phrase is what seemed to burn in my heart: "take us to the throne room, in the city of our God" We had just … Continue reading Stop and Smell the Flowers

Oil From the Flinty Crag

The garden center had called to let us know that they would deliver our garden bushes early the next morning. In order to help with lowering the risk of transplant shock, they recommended that we have the holes prepared for the bushes, so they could help us plant them quickly and safely. So my strong, … Continue reading Oil From the Flinty Crag

The Gardener Sees

This Gardening heart of mine is finding new ways to be satisfied in this Season of Slow. I may have had to change my activities, but I am finding that God still names who I am in the deep places of my heart.Have you heard Him call your name?Have you heard the whisper of "Beloved, follow … Continue reading The Gardener Sees