Double Duty Herbs

Double Duty Herbs

4 inch herbs in purple

Double duty herbs: A charge easy enough, as herbs are appealing, beautiful garden plants by their nature, all the while spicing up home life in everything from hand soap to pasta dishes. However, let’s face it, we are a multi-tasking people; most activities with a slightly slow-pace have been adapted to include email-checking, photo-editing, or […]

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Conquering Doubt

conquering doubt in mighty oaks CP

It stands to reason that conquering doubt in the faith life is a constant, for God is always interested in expanding our “trust territory,” so to speak, the places where we will not waver in relying on Him. If we can resolutely say this here— Thus far the Lord has helped us 1 Samuel 7:12 […]

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Garden Volunteers

a nigella seedling reveals a garden volunteers

Garden “volunteers” is a term with two meanings. Surely, we are fortunate when others volunteer to help us with our work in the garden! However, horticulture holds its own unique definition, describing with quaint expression a subtle yet delightful discovery: seeds lingering from last year’s annuals sprouting and growing all on their own, poised to […]

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Verdant

maidenhair fern in a Texas garden CP

In the afterglow of resurrection celebrations and the bright delight of our Lenten look at “flowers of the field,” I thought we all might be ready to rest in tranquil green leaves. As florists regularly practice, it brings beauty to set dazzling blossoms against a verdant backdrop; it seems King Solomon thought likewise in his […]

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At Last—Poppies!

poppies in Lakhish Israel Flickr CC

We are at the last, dear gardeners—the last of Lent and the day commemorating the Last Supper. Likewise, what is the last “flower of the field” to bloom in the succession of red wildflowers in Israel? Poppies! Papaver rhoeas, the common poppy, flourishes at the end of the Holy Land’s brief, brilliant, springtime bloom, in […]

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Drawn in by Daffodils

trumpeting daffodils by A Poskanzer CP

Does anything draw in quite like the daffodil—to all that is bright to behold? Their little trumpets seem to loudly proclaim spring joy and the sweet relief of flowers returning to the earth. Bursting sunshine in a flower, flourishing hopes of all sorts…All hail, in this week of Happy Spring, daffodil’s bold appeal to be […]

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Listen to the Lord in Lilies

stand of madona lilies Flickr Creative Commons

Easter lilies are filling up florists and grocers’ floral departments, in anticipation of the glorious celebration ahead! May we take their trumpet shape as a megaphone to our hearts: Listen! Listen to the still, steadfast voice, the Lord’s leading us in his blessing and direction: “Are you listening, dear people? Psalm 50:7 The Message Just […]

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Trust the Lord in Tulips

field of red tulips at Texas Tulips

What better way to take in the “flowers of the field” than to visit a field of flowers…look, look! My friend and trusted researcher, Kim Hagan, and I set out to do just that! Acting on a well-timed tip, we headed out for “Texas Tulips,” an otherwise common field nestled in north Texas farmland. Take […]

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Keep His Company in Chamomile Tea

chamomile tea in garden chamomile foliage

When a friend invites you to a cup of tea, implicit in the invitation is cozy company. Whether served in dainty, floral teacups or stout, oversized mugs, hot tea warrants lingering to let drinks cool, and sipping seems to slow time’s passing. Thoughts seem gently encouraged to rise up from deep in the heart in […]

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Come to Me in Crown Anemones

single crown anemone bloom first of the season

The bloom is on! Rosen School of Hebrew reports that southern Israel is resplendent in red—crown anemones are covering the fields, and “the red south, darom adom (דָּרוֹם אָדוֹם), becomes a huge tourist attraction,” bringing “thousands of people to see this miracle blooming and the beautiful green fields…” Crown anemones are endeared in Israeli hearts, […]

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