Tending the Garden

Growing Through God's Grace

What is Idolatry?

  We’ve been talking about idol worship in the ancient Hebrew Scriptures, and we’ve seen that it includes some very specific practices.  The first two commandments deal with this very issue.  Exodus 20:1-5a tells us:   And God proceeded to speak all these words, saying: “I am Jehovah your God, who have brought you out […]

Idolatry in Ancient Times

What did idolatry look like in ancient times? There are many accounts of idol worship in the Hebrew Scriptures (i.e., the Old Testament).  One such account talks about Manasseh, who became king of Judah around 697 B.C.  His father, Hezekiah, had made many religious reforms to bring worship back to Jehovah, the God of the […]

8 Things I Learned in September

Hey guys!  Here are some of the FAScinating things I learned in September: 1. That subtitled movies can be enjoyable.  We watched Romantics Anonymous, which was cute.  Then I became the last person on earth to see Amelie (has it really been on my I’ll-get-to-that-some-day list for 12 years!? Wow.)  A very dear little movie. […]

When Organization Keeps Me from Getting Things Done

We’ve all had days when organization – or rather, the lack of organization – keeps us from getting things done.  The clutter on my counter is directly related to the clutter in my mind, and it exacerbates my brain fog.  On those days, I must take on the mess before I tackle my to-do list. […]

She (Five Minute Friday)

She is always waiting at home after school for her children and they are happy to see her.  She bakes them cookies and allows them to make glorious messes and never (well, almost never) says no. She smiles brightly at everyone she meets and welcomes them with hugs.  She doesn’t seem to know any negative […]

Grumbling Through My “Yes!” to God

This post is part of the Thursday Blog Hop for the Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Study of the book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God.) I have had a number of bigger-than-usual opportunities to say “Yes!” to God recently.  (Wow!)  But after the initial “Yes, Lord!” – when the real work of obedience […]

New Glasses, Fresh Vision

This post is part of the Thursday Blog Hop for the Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Study of the book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God.) I went to the eye doctor recently and was not surprised to learn that I needed new glasses.  You see, my old ones are in “not great” shape.  […]

Gratitude for a Busy Day

Today, I am grateful: That there are too many things on my to-do list – because I have a full, rich life and the skills to handle a variety of tasks. That there are too many bills to pay – because my income is too much instead of too little. That the kids are “too […]

9 Things I Learned in August

This month, I am joining Emily Freeman from Chatting at the Sky to discuss a few things I learned in August.  They are not profound (and some of them are not even new!) but here is what I learned: 1. That it is much more common for heart attack sufferers to experience “mild pressure” in […]

Sticking With It: One Step at a Time

(This post is part of the Thursday Blog Hop for the Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Study of the book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God.) My garden hasn’t been weeded or the lawn mowed in over a month. I keep leaving the garage door open, hoping someone will steal my bike so I […]