April 2011

April 29, 2011 | 0 comments

A few days ago, I received a pleasant surprise:  the new omnibus edition of the Sons of Encouragement.  Caleb is on the cover.  I love the story of Caleb.  He and Joshua were the only men who believed the Israelites could conquer the Promised Land the first time they approached because God was with them.  Unfortunately, the rest of the mass of people (including Moses and Aaron) didn’t have their confidence.  So Caleb, who spoke up first and said “Let’s go!” had to wait another forty years before he could step foot in the land God had given them. 

Caleb was also the only one who drove all the Canaanites out of his territory – and he did this when he was eighty-five years old.   Growing older doesn’t mean we don’t have more challenges to face, more territory to “conquer”. 

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of the omnibus and enjoy the other stories of five amazing men from scriptures: Caleb, the warrior;...

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April 17, 2011 | 0 comments

I’m a fair weather gardener, which means I only work in the garden on warm, clear days – like today.  I thought I could just slip my little shovel into the soft soil, lift, plop in a bulb and voila, we’ll have summer gladiolas! 

The ground was hard as a rock.  I got my pick.  Sarge (our year old, 100+ pounds of exuberant German Shepherd) was on my heels.  “What’re we doing? Huh? Huh?  I wanna play. Look!  I’ve got a ball! Throw the ball!  Throw the ball!”  Ignoring him, I swung the pick and buried the pointed end deep into the ground.  Sarge jumped three feet in the air and ran.  He wisely remained at a safe distance until I had “prepared the soil”. 

Back he came, tennis ball in his mouth.  “Time to play! Time to play!!”  He danced around me, scattering the bulbs I was trying to plant.  It was hot by this time, or rather I was hot after my labor.  Rather than make the neat rows I intended...

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