Was Jesus Handsome? Heaven’s Definition of Beauty

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” Isaiah 53:2b Isaiah prophesied that Jesus wouldn’t be physically beautiful. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first read Isaiah 53: 2-3, but I felt its truth in my heart. Would the Servant King, born […]

Daily Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread.”  Matthew 6:11 To a tiny town, snug within the Bible belt, I drove to meet my friend beneath a funeral tent.  Her younger sister, who had been sick since we were little, had gone home to heaven.  When I reached the town, raindrops greeted me, thumping upon my […]

Because of My Weaknesses

My husband is fond of saying, “We don’t do what we know we need to do to be happy.”  I know I need to live gratefully.  This week I didn’t.  I know I need to keep up with the laundry.  This week I didn’t.  I know I need to read books, plan meals, spend time […]

Blooms in My April Garden

I do not live near the mountains.  I do not live near the sea.  But I planted a little garden and brought beauty here to me. 🙂   Isn’t planting a garden magical?  It’s like lifting your house up and moving it to a scenic place . . . especially in springtime!  Come inside my April garden.  It struck […]

The Great Gardener

I first saw this poem in its entirety when I was surrounded by beautiful blooms at Bellingrath Gardens in Alabama.  The last stanza will probably be familiar to you, as it timelessly echoes the reveries of every gardener. God’s Garden THE Lord God planted a garden In the first white days of the world, And […]

The Legend of the Bluebonnet

The bluebonnets are blooming this week. The roadsides are thick with them. I felt compelled to get Little One out in them to take his picture. Normally, I would have been hesitant (to say the least) to let my three-year-old frolic beside a busy road, but the blue beauty so captivated us that we hardly noticed […]

God’s Love Song

“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17   I was hesitant to go to Australia. Please don’t gasp and call me ungrateful. Label me, instead, with the […]

A Time to Keep

I am a fan of the children’s book author and illustrator, Tasha Tudor (1915-2008).  Several Christmases ago, my sister-in-law blessed me with a video, Take Joy, of Tasha in her house and garden.  Since I first watched it, one line in particular has played over and over in my mind.  The narrator’s peaceful voice states, […]

Soul Home

Brooke Bullman introduced me to the idea of soul home.  “Where,” she asks, “is your soul home?” My husband had an unexpected response.  He chose the restaurant, Jason’s Deli.  Our family giggled at his answer, teasing him.  But, when I asked him to explain, he said we were always happy there—food and smiles in abundance.  […]