Denise’s End of Summer Essay on Cultivating

Writing for ‘Cultivating’ magazine this Summer on the theme of “fullness” gave me a chance in the midst of major changes to be refilled with expectation of good. Despite all the unusual things that have happened in 2020 thus far, the seasons of life are unrelenting. In life or death and everything in between, the cycles of human existence course on whether we are ready or not, and can leave us dry and barren. The faithful God of Creation built promises into His redemptive plan for mankind, which when held in faith, give power that causes our dry places to bloom again and like a well-watered garden, welcome others into fullness. May you have such an encounter as you read and reflect.

Re-entering Fullness by the Sea

Image by Lancia Smith (used with permission)

The Lighting Place

Lancia Smith, founder, editor of ‘Cultivating’, the warmest place on the Internet”, is very much married, yet reminds me of the widow in Scripture who miraculously was enabled to fill scores of jars from the humble smattering left in her own. Just as miraculously, Lancia has managed to gather scores of excellent writers and artists of faith, from all over, whose jars are clearly filled with good oil. More importantly, she has fostered a community where the Lamplighter Himself is pleased to ignite their lamps to His great glory in the earth. Hop on over and bask in the warmth!

Lighting Candles by Starlight ~ Receiving Life