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Don’t Close Your Heart

Don’t Close Your Heart

I smeared raspberry jam over my toast and sat down for breakfast. I thought about my day ahead; the chores that needed to be done. After I finished the to-do list in my head, my thoughts turned to an incident I had witnessed the day before. A friend had been mean to a...
Tell It To My Heart

Tell It To My Heart

Overwhelmed with work, I laced up my shoes and walked out by the woods where the bay leaf tree perfumes the air. “God, are you there?” I asked. “Right next to you, Sparrow,” He answered. “I’ve got a lot on my mind. Do you have time...
In His Presence

In His Presence

I started to lock the gate just as an old woman turned the corner at my plot. “What have you got there?” she asked, pointing to the vegetables in the basket in my garden cart. “Beans, chard, and a yellow summer squash,” I answered. She reached...
Take This Opportunity

Take This Opportunity

“Sparrow!” God called to me as I filled the bird feeder on my porch. The morning light was dim, last night’s dark had not yet given up its grasp. “Here I am!” I answered. “I want you to take this opportunity,” God said....
There Are No Strangers

There Are No Strangers

The sun, already sinking, gave a last gasp of light and disappeared. I zipped up my coat as night crept into the garden. I should go home, I thought, but the peas I’d sown still needed watering. I turned the nozzle to a soft spray for them. A noise behind me turned my...