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Garden Goofs & Bible Humor

green bay tree all dried up

Several goof-ups in my garden this season would otherwise upset and discourage me. Instead, I am seeing Bible humor! Why? Because in each case, a verse from God’s Word came instantly to mind in a flourish of subtle tease, much like the time I was stung by paper wasps the very week of working on […]

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Praising the Lord in Leeks, Onions & Garlic

harvested and hanging garlic

Now the people complained about their hardships…We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. Numbers 11:1, 5 NIV Some of us are harvesting garlic (although some of us are still waiting). How about an Amen! for the alliums—garlic and their sidekicks, leeks and onions, that add […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Bay Laurel

spring branches from bay laurel trees

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable for the table, their fruits found easily […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Almond

blossomed almond branch

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable for the table, their fruits found easily […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Tamarisk

tamarisk tree detail from Maui HI

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable the table, their fruits found easily in […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Oak

acorns grow oak trees

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable the table, their fruits found easily in […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Olive

olive tree still life Rogers Garden CA

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable the table, their fruits found easily in […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Fig

Mark 13:28 fig leaves budding on a garden tree

March 1st marks the beginning of Lent, a 40 day time of reverence and repentance in preparation for the Easter celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Lent is more than just giving up our favoite treats, indulgences, or comfort, however—we must guard against a dutiful relationship with the Lord. We must keep ourselves from a […]

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Happy Old Year!

happy old year in a field of heart-kissed clovers

When was the last time you compared pictures of your garden, spring to fall? or year to year? I am always astounded at the growth (and at my forgetfulness!) whenever I come across photos of an earlier snapshot of my garden. What encouragement! If such transformations have already taken place, how much more will the […]

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Magnificence in the Manger Scene

old family manger scene

And this is my prayer for us, dear Gardeners, on the first of December: May the beautiful, ancient Christmas story glitter with something new. May a facet of the story—the timing, the relationships, a precious detail, perhaps—catch our eye, our heart, kindling deeper devotion. May a dimension open up, take our breath away, and draw […]

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