The Transformative Power of Poo

Yes, you read right. Poo has the power to transform. We’ve had a little flock of chickens for several years, and we have accumulated quite a pile of manure-laden straw cleaned from their coop. Last spring, we spread the composted straw and manure mixture over my perennial flower beds. It was a dirty and laborious… Continue reading The Transformative Power of Poo

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The Trust Lean

In my journey through the Bible, I’m now reading Proverbs. This old familiar friend of a verse was part of my Bible study several days ago: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5 The word lean implies a bending toward someone or something sturdy and trustworthy,… Continue reading The Trust Lean

From Barrenness to Joy, and Beyond

I do so appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Lord when he sends a timely little blessing. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the verses in my daily reading of the Psalms included this: He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord. – Psalm 113:9 If I were… Continue reading From Barrenness to Joy, and Beyond

Distinctively Joyful

When I consider what separates Christianity from all other forms of religion, I see joy as one of our greatest distinctives. Not happiness, but joy:  deeply held hope, contentedness, peace, and optimism, no matter our circumstances. Sometimes, the small stuff can nearly overwhelm our joy: constant schedule interruptions, lack of sleep, friction with family members.… Continue reading Distinctively Joyful

Spring Shoots

Stephen of Fractured Faith asked recently if I had written a new poem. Inspiration finally struck last night. Hope you all enjoy, and please feel free to leave your comments and critiques, or share what inspires you, in the comments below. Spring Shoots Shoots do not shoot. After frigid winter, they stretch up slowly, Touching cool… Continue reading Spring Shoots

A Joyful Funeral

In my last post, I wrote about my husband’s grandmother, Elsie, who passed away last week. Her funeral was today. What I enjoyed most about Elsie’s funeral (does that sound odd, to say that I enjoyed it?) was the evidence of joy in the midst of sorrow. Most everyone who attended her funeral, and certainly… Continue reading A Joyful Funeral

Is Not This The Christ?

Consider this: when the woman at the well ran to tell her fellow townspeople, “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" (John 4:29) she was excited about far more than the fact that Jesus inexplicably knew intimate details of her life. Let’s start at… Continue reading Is Not This The Christ?

Thoughts of Peace & An Expected End

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye… Continue reading Thoughts of Peace & An Expected End

I Don’t Always “Feel” Like a Christian…

...even though I have faith that I am. What I mean is, I don’t always sense the presence of the Holy Spirit who lives inside me. I don’t “feel” him in my heart. (And sadly, I don’t allow myself to be controlled by him every moment.) Even when I am deeply immersed in my devotional… Continue reading I Don’t Always “Feel” Like a Christian…