My Fountain Overflows with Succulents

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”  Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV) I grew up in the midwest where the changing seasons corresponded to the contrasting patterns of our lifestyle.  The freezing winter months […]

God’s Strength in my Weakness

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10  (NLT) I have endearing names for our dog, Buster.  “Mouse hunter” is just one of many.  Buster has a knack for […]

Patience: A Slow Growing Virtue

“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”  Romans 8:25 (ESV) After living in our home for almost twelve years, it was time to tackle a landscape renovation.  The fast-spreading root system of camphor trees toward the back were threatening our pool while the tall cyprus trees […]

A New Path to Fitness

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”   Jimmy Dean The minute I read the text message from my friend Carol, a tug of war broke out in my mind.  “Hey, girlfriend!  I’m hitting balls in a drill at 9:00.  Why don’t you come […]

Music To My Ears

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”  Aristotle I was walking out the door to drive football carpool when the telephone rang.  It was my oldest son.  His car broke down and it needed a tow.  I was already on a tight schedule but since my name was on the AAA […]

Harvesting Limes and Gathering Blessings

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”  Galatians 6:9 (NLT) My neighbor, Libby, had been leaving bags of fresh lemons and limes on my side porch for nearly five years and I’d grown to appreciate […]

God’s Glory in Nature

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth….And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:1, 31a (ESV) Arizona isn’t exactly known for snow flurries and freezing rain, so you can imagine my surprise when my friend, Lisa, posted online, “I just returned to Tucson from […]