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Walking through the Orchard, part 2

Fall apple orchard in Virginia

Today our orchard walk takes us through a figurative journey, with fruit-filled, real-orchard images to accompany us along the way. PaRDeS is an acrostic—spelling the Hebrew word for orchard—which depicts a method of Jewish Biblical interpretation that presumes multiple layers of meaning to exist in the phrases and paragraphs, the expression and recounting of Scripture. Touches […]

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Must Have Mustards!

fall gardens mustards growing through the winter

In fall gardens, mustards are a must! These leafy greens will become a beloved part of your vegetable garden, sprouting quickly in the cooler fall weather, lingering though mild winters or under colder climate row covers, and seeing you through to a spring flourish. There are several ways to enjoy this plant in your garden-to-table […]

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Recounting the Carob Story

carob pods in a southern CA tree

I hope the story never gets old—that astonishing embrace, the father’s widely enfolding welcome to his returning son. Destitute and down-and-out, yet mindful of his father’s decency, the son returns to his father’s estate in hopes of taking a small place among those who care for his land. There, the son determines to be grateful […]

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Garden Tools in Hand

garden tools in hand

Garden tools serve as handy metaphors for the disciplines of the faith. Just as tools help cultivate a garden, faith disciplines help us nurture a relationship with God. Though often they amplify the heart cry for God to fix things! Likewise, today’s featured tools help highlight and reinforce the cultivating, nurturing, coaxing, waiting, tending nature […]

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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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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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