• Seed Saving

    The sun beams brightly, however, there is a slight chill in the air that reminds me autumn is at hand.  My garden takes on a tired appearance as the days go by.  Its colours, once brilliant, are fading and putting on their fall coat of brown and yellow.  The cornstalks still stand tall but they are weakened by the dried out stalks that support them.  The pea vines lie in piles and the potato tops are shrivelled into almost oblivion. Part of my fall garden ritual involves collecting seeds from my flowers and some types of vegetables.  It is a painstaking task, but one that gives me great satisfaction.  Saving…

  • Simplify

    I am reading an excellent book at the moment called “Simplify” by Bill Hybels.  The first chapter focuses on replenishing your energy reserves.  I can learn a great deal in that area alone. One quote early on in the book (p. 2) really got my mind whirring.  “Simplified living is about more than doing less.  It’s being who God called us to be, with a wholehearted, single-minded focus.  It’s walking away from innumerable lesser opportunities in favour of the few to which we’ve been called and for which we’ve been created.”  That brings to mind one of my most favourite verses from Ephesians – “We are God’s workmanship, created in…

  • We are in God’s hands

    The news is full of accounts of storm damage from Hurricane Irma.  This category 5 hurricane, one of the worst in many years, is wreaking havoc on much of the Caribbean in recent days and is set to cause further destruction in the days ahead.  Usually I see news clips of hurricanes causing problems but it is so far removed from me that it doesn’t touch my life a great deal.  I do pray for those affected but I really don’t realize the impact of such events on people’s day to day lives. Today is different though.  My dear daughter and her husband are on their honeymoon – a Caribbean…