The Privileged Life: Fresh Air

“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4 Over the holiday weekend, my husband and I took our little dog over the mountains into North Carolina to walk up to Max Patch. It’s one of several “balds” along the Appalachian Trail—these are naturally-occurring grassy mountaintop meadows where... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Lavender

“For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God.” Hebrews 6:7 Ahhhh…lavender. Such a lovely flower, color, fragrance. It simply screams British Isles, but its origin is actually in the Mediterranean region. Today, it claims a regal spot... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Knitting and Needlework

“All the women who were gifted artisans spun yarn with their hands, and brought what they had spun, of blue, purple, and scarlet, and fine linen. And all the women whose hearts stirred with wisdom spun yarn of goats’ hair.” Exodus 35:25-26 Spinning, knitting, lacework, crocheting, weaving, crewel, quilting, cross-stitch, and all other kinds of needlework have been around since ancient times... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: The Flavors of Summer…and Homegrown Tomatoes

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8 "...what this country needs [is] homegrown tomatoes in every yard you see...." Guy Clark Summer veggies and fruits are starting to arrive…delicate lettuces, colorful squashes, bright green herbs, juicy melons, blueberries, strawberries…and ripe red homegrown tomatoes. What a privilege to live in a world... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: What’s Your “R-Naught”?

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction….” Psalm 103:2-4a As our nation gingerly cracks open the door on shutdown restrictions, the biggest concern is a “relapse” of coronavirus—that its ruthless march through neighborhoods, workplaces, and public... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: The Return of Cedar Waxwings

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26 Like the swallows of Capistrano, they finally came back—a faithful flock of beautiful cedar waxwings. They were a bit late this year, but we’ve had lingering cold this spring that may have... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Hospitality in a Viral World

“Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” Romans 12:10-13 The summer before sixth grade, I spent a week or two with my grandmother Kathleen... Continue Reading →

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