vegetable garden

 

Growing up in the rural South taught me several lessons. One of those lessons was that if you want to raise crops and eat the good of the land, you’ve got to cultivate the soil.

My parents were both born into large families just prior to the Great Depression. Dad was one of 15 siblings and Mom was number 11 of 12. In those days in the rural South, if you ate it, it was because you raised it or grew it on your own farm. So after my parents married and eventually bought their own land, a farm with its own garden spot was quite naturally a part of it.

My memories easily take me back to that garden.

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Jul
11

Where Love is Enthroned

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To be truly loved is to experience being known and accepted by another. This love, while accepting you where you are, also invites you to become all you are created to be.

The human heart was created to live in a perpetual state of love and acceptance. With the fall of mankind came sin and when sin entered, so did also the failure of relationships. From the initial moments of Adam and Eve’s blaming and hiding until the moment of time in which we live, humans have struggled to know true love and acceptance, both with God and with others.

Yet  God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (Ephesians 2:4) has done everything necessary for us to find this true love and acceptance through the gift of His Son, Jesus.

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Life is replete with beginnings and endings. Chapters begin and chapters close. And for me, beginnings and endings were marked and chapters were written as I sat around my mother’s dining room table.

Mornings often began around that table in my family.

When I awakened on weekday mornings, my parents were sitting at that table drinking coffee and looking out the sliding glass door onto the pasture land, watching the cattle graze. I used to wonder why they wasted all that time, getting up so much earlier than they had to.  My older, wiser perspective now understands the time spent awakening and talking and allowing coffee and conversation to do their rousing work.

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promises

Have you ever found yourself facing an impossible situation when it appeared that your circumstances were too difficult to overcome? Ever felt like the children of Israel, who left Egypt with hope in their hearts about the land of promise, only to find themselves challenged by emotions of anxiety, fear, dread, and doubt? God had brought them to the banks of the river during flood season. It was impossible to cross and yet that was exactly what He was asking them to do. 

As God brings us from one place to another, He awakens hope in our hearts as we sense that something new and glorious is almost close enough to reach out and touch. Simultaneously we often experience fear of the unknown ahead of us.

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Mar
12

Turn into the Sunlight

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daffodils in snow

 

I can never quite embrace what others describe as the ‘beauty of winter’. Winter and I are not the best of friends.  I simply endure winter.  I can enjoy the beauty of an occasional snow here in North Alabama, but mostly I just try not to think of how long winter seems and just gather my strength for one more day of it until it ends.

 My daughter and some of my friends actually enjoy winter. They love the snuggle-in-feeling that comes with the dark and foggy days. Visions of hot chocolate, comfort foods, and long talks with friends and family dance in their heads.

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