Cut out the suckers

I was in college, dating my wife-to-be, Amber, and I stopped by to visit her parents. Amber jokes that I never really dated her, but I actually dated her parents. I did spend a great deal of time with them, and in some ways, she is right. On this particular day I stopped by because Amber’s mom needed help pruning their huge apple tree. I remember when I pulled into the driveway Joan was already well into the process of cutting off all of the suckers. Suckers are the vines, […]

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Spiritual Seasons

Where are the beautiful fall colors? That question runs through my mind now that I live in Houston, Texas. In the Pacific Northwest at this time of the year, the orange, red and yellow colors explode from the trees. It is a bit of a paradox for me. I love the warmer weather of Houston, but miss the changing of the seasons. I especially miss what the change of season brings. In many parts of the world, the fall season brings cooler weather and often the end of a harvest. […]

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Prodigal God

The fruit in my parents’ cherry tree weighs the branches almost to their breaking point. The amount of fruit this tree produces is incredible. It is the most giving fruit tree I have ever seen in my life. When we lived close to my parents, my kids would run to this tree, climb it and begin eating cherries as fast as they could get their hands to their mouths. Whatever was not consumed by birds, or my kids, was given to other families by the bucket loads. Often, there was […]

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Grafted

In November of 2007 our family changed greatly! God gave us a new son, Garrett Tameru Michael Guindon, not from Amber and I, but through the process of adoption. We were blessed to become the parents of this sweet little boy from Ethiopia. What an incredible journey adoption can be! For me, it has been a journey of instruction as I learn about God’s relationship with me. The parallels between cultivating vines, adoption, and our relationship with Jesus are amazing. New branches are often grafted onto healthy vines to produce […]

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Voracious Vines

The theme of Punch and Press, and of Brandon’s life, is developing people and cultivating potential. True to his nature, and to the roles he plays in my life, pastor, friend and boss, Brandon challenged me to grow when he asked me to write a guest post for Punch and Press. I’m so thankful that he shoves me right out of my comfort zone on a regular basis! – Lisa Malstrom voracious: (adj.) excessively greedy and grasping The last few years have comprised a particularly busy season of our lives. My […]

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