Rhythms of Work – Planting in Hard Times

April 1, 2019By Susie LippsArticle

Winter in wine country can be confusing.  It’s cold and rainy.  The vines are cut back and look like dead sticks.  But, in the midst of this, millions of bright yellow flowers that sway on tender bushes carpet the spaces between the dormant vines.  It’s mesmerizing to contemplate the paradox.  As a cover crop, the … Read More

Rhythms of Work: Pruning

January 31, 2019By Susie LippsArticle

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” – John 15:1-2 This time of year, in wine country, the vines stand naked and exposed … Read More

Rhythms of Work: Rest

December 26, 2018By Susie LippsArticle

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28 The winter rains have begun, and the grapevines have dropped their leaves. Only a few yellow, orange, and red stragglers remain, catching the watery afternoon sun, like tiny stained-glass windows. All the work for the season … Read More

Rhythms of Work: Fruitfulness

November 14, 2018By Susie LippsArticle

I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener… Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. – John 15:1, 4 On my drive through Sebastopol, the vineyards on … Read More

Rhythms of Work: Lessons from the Vineyard

October 31, 2018By Susie LippsArticle

This article is an introductory piece to a new regular series called “Rhythms of Work.” There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot… a time to weep and a … Read More