Words of Encouragement

It is a brisk, sunny, beautiful morning and I have just arrived home after my usual walk which is a time of prayer and reflection for me. This morning is no exception other than it is Sunday, and as churches are closed, I am walking earlier than usual.

As I walk along I notice colourful chalk writing on the sidewalk ahead.  What a wonderful sign of spring I think to myself, imagining small children writing on the sidewalk. As I approach closer, I realize that this is not the work of children but someone older.  I smile to myself as I read the words in large letters:  KEEP SMILING!

A few steps farther down the street I see more writing. This time, the words read: IT WILL GET BETTER!

Still farther down the street, there  is a final message:


What an appropriate message, not just because this is Sunday,  but a reminder for us throughout the days, weeks, and months ahead. May you also be encouraged as I was by this message.


A Quarantine Garden

My husband came home from shopping one day saying, ” I have a surprise for you.”  It was no special occasion, but he will often pick up little treats he thinks we will both enjoy.  Well, this was a surprise, alright – 10 packages of seeds – carrots, lettuce, beans, parsley along with all our other favourites. I should have guessed. It’s about this time of year that he gets spring fever and the urge to start thinking about gardening. But apparently, he is not the only one.

Just yesterday, on CBC, while I was preparing dinner, a guest was encouraging people to begin a garden by first starting the seeds inside which can be done now.  She gave the instruction and list of supplies that would be needed. This morning, again on CBC, a lady who lives on a farm and has a large country garden encouraged people to become more independent by supplying some of their own food sources by having a garden. This year she is calling her garden, a Quarantine Garden since she will be planting it during a time of quarantine.

Our garden last spring.