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Finding The Prize Egg

I watched as my great nieces and nephews scattered across the yard collecting eggs. Few really had to be hunted because they were simply strewn across the yard in full view. Some were carefully tucked away with a bit of a challenge for the older ones. Hidden for each child was one really large prize egg with their name written on it. Of course these were not quite so obvious, but took a little extra time to find. I watched with anticipation as I saw each child discover their personal treasure. There was much laughter and delight surrounding these candy-filled eggs. My Easter readings caused my heart to overflow with gratitude like plastic eggs spilling out jellybeans. Year after year, I had

Hidden In Secret

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25 The new backyard garden spot continues to do a work in my heart. After removing the rocks and cutting off intruding roots, I dug five deep holes, then ever so carefully pushed the bulbs into the ground and covered them with freshly broken dirt. There they lay buried in the dark cold dirt. I raked my fingers over the top with great expectation of what will be. Buried. Hidden. Alone. Waiting… I know this is the necessary process to grow plants that will produce beautiful flowers. Hidden and alone, soon new life and beauty will burst through the ground, and the gladiolas will s

Is It Worth The Hard Work?

I would never have imagined what three days of hard work in the yard could produce. Oh, yes there were sore muscles, stiff knees, an achy back and blistered fingers, but it was worth it all when I looked outside and saw the cleared path and cleaned beds. I force myself to look away from all the work that still remains and try to enjoy the present profit. If I squint my eyes I can visualize what possibly could be. If you looked on, you might wonder what work had been done, because there is so much lacking. It’s kind of like looking on a life and wondering how change will ever be possible. We are blinded by what is not, and from seeing what can be. Oh, how we need faith to see beyond what pres

Measuring Up To Be Enough

"I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith." Philippians 3: 7-9 In Philippians 3 we read Paul’s list of successes and accomplishments in life. He came from the right country, city, nationality, tribe, school, and reputation. Can we just say, he got an A+ on all of his life? Now if we take a close look, we see that he was a persecutor of Christians and a part of a group seekin

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