Stay Plugged In To God

Vine Plant

Psalm 139:13 ~  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Does a rose get sad because it doesn’t smell like a gardenia?  Did you ever see a bell pepper on a plant that was grunting, squeezing, and struggling to get bigger and fill up with seeds?  Did you […]

My Gardening Shortcomings

Gardening Friends

Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. I love the spring!  It is a time of new beginnings and growth – a fresh start.  I check my gardening chart and see what plants like to start growing in March and April.  […]

The Wilting Sprouts

Wilting Sprout 1

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) - Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. I was recently gardening on a hot and sunny Florida day.  I transplanted some small okra, pumpkin, bean, and corn sprouts into the garden.  I carefully […]

Breaking Free of Grief

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Today we continue our Breaking Free Series with Grief.  Grief will be with many of us this holiday season. Many reading this will have recently lost a close friend or family member to an illness or some type of tragedy.  Others will have lost aging grandparents and parents; or you may be among the millions […]

Lost in the Struggle of Addiction

Breaking Free of addiction

I’d like to welcome Eliza from ParentPathway to Pouring Down Like Rain for this guest post and thank them for their advice on this sensitive topic. Eliza blogs for ParentPathway, a free online resource that offers information, support and resources to parents whose children are chemically dependent upon drugs or alcohol.  Eliza and the other ParentPathway bloggers offer […]

Big Scary Monsters and Scared Kittens

Scared Kitten

By Jill McKnight The Parable of the Scared Kitten From The Parables of the Feral Cat series Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV): “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Baby Boy was born into a […]

Do You Struggle With Codependency?

Breaking Free of Codependency

Hi. I am Jill, and I struggle with codependency. A few years ago, somebody said to me, “Jill, I think you have some codependency issues.” I was extremely offended. At that time, I thought that “codependency” meant that I needed people. In my mind, I was an independent woman who knew how to change a […]