All things new
New irises! In a weak moment in March, when I was away from home for three weeks, I ordered a dozen new irises from an online catalog. They were shipped two weeks ago, at the appropriate time for planting in our area.
It was like Christmas in July! Although the shriveled roots and small rhizomes could not be expected to produce blooms for another 21 months, the anticipation of something new in my 2018 garden was exhilarating. Continue reading “All things new”
Is it okay to use the phrase, “Out with the old, and in with the new” in July?
We often think of letting go of past mistakes and attitudes when we start a new calendar year, but spiritual renewal is certainly not a once-a-year ritual that magically fixes all our foibles.
Every day — indeed, every minute — is a new chance to let go of the old and bring in the new.
So here we are in the middle of the year, with a lesson to be learned from considering the lilies…well, daylilies specifically. Continue reading “Out with the old”
Spotted and mottled foliage can be a good thing, but not always. One of my zinnias had an intricate spotted appearance from a disease know as Alternaria Leaf Spot.
A garden visitor who observed the telltale black-edged white spots remarked that the leaves would be considered pretty if this were a healthy plant. People would pay extra just for the unusual appearance. It’s true. Plant collectors like myself often prize spots or mottled appearance. Continue reading “Spots and wrinkles”
The editor takes his text from today’s daily Bible reading, about John the Immersor’s preaching, to talk about the need for preparation in many areas, including getting ready to take advantage of the new year. It’s not too late! Continue reading Prepare the way, before the time
The editor claims he’s getting old and that changes his perspective of time. But young and old alike need the same sense of living in the end times, and living the rest of their time for the will of God. (How did he know what he did 20 years ago today?) Continue reading The Continuum of Time
We stand again at the door of another year. It’s become old hat. I now go to bed and sleep in the new year, rather than staying up to usher in Day One of the newborn. Though the ceremony has lost its luster, the excitement and trepidation of using a new year for the Lord continue to stir the imagination.
I went to the New Testament and asked, “What good is a year?” Here are a few items to consider as 2010 nears. Continue reading “What Good Is a Year?”
In an effort to remove old, polluting cars from the road, the American government proposes to pay consumers cash for their clunkers. The program, beset with problems from the beginning, became its own clunker and was suspended, then injected with more billions to keep it alive. Continue reading Better Than Cash for Clunkers