the palm of His hand

I heard a song today that brought back memories of a song that I heard and sang quite a bit. As a young child,  I can remember hearing: “He’s got the whole world in His hands… He’s got the whole wide world in his hands He’s got the whole world in His hands He’s got the whole world in His hands.”   I can remember being a  young kid visually picturing a huge globe with hands reaching down…only hands, mindRead more

Sing. Read. Work.

“Do not fight the thing in detail: turn from it. Look ONLY at your Lord. Sing. Read. Work.” ― Amy Carmichael,  I’ve found myself with that whole ‘furrowed brow’ look lately. I promise it’s not that I’ve been mad. (Even though one student today did try to ruffle my feathers a bit and I attempted to stay steady as a cucumber.) I had victory on the outside at least. No, I’ve not been mad…just deep in thought is a more appropriateRead more

a boxful of letters

I opened a box today. It was full of handwritten letters from war…not just one or two, but hundreds and hundreds…one written per day from Southeast Asia to Southeast Pennsylvania, from a man overseas to a wife and young son on the home front. My grandfather made sure to always write a letter to his beloved “bride” and their son, my Dad.  He was a man who laughed easily, loved well, and had wisdom and whit to share. Even inRead more

Home

“You can have more than one home. You can carry your roots with you, and decide where they grow.” ~ Henning Mankell I understand more than ever that phrase “home is where the heart is…”  As my not-so-little birds have left the nest and sometimes returned for small respites then left again, well, they’ve built their own little nests where my feet have the privilege to sometimes land.  And not just my feet…my heart sure feels thankful and joyful toRead more

cling

Ugh. It’s the back to school January blues for this chick. I’ve been trying to focus my mind and have been failing miserably.  I tried thinking of all the thinks*  I’m thankful for,  prayed,  ( (things*, but I think it’s an appropriate typo, lol!)  I prepared lessons, and it all came up a bit short. It came up short that is… until I started to sing…and lift up my voice. So this song was sung/written on the way to DollarRead more

a little bird watching

Busy day at the bird feeder today. It cracked me up because there was one bird that kept chirping away through the whole ‘meal’…’talking with its mouth full’ so to speak. She (yeah, I’m thinking ‘she’, lol) was quite demonstrative and the other birds seemed to watch and tolerate the interactions…and there were lots of them. I kept thinking of that quote ‘there’s one in every crowd’….or flock, that is. The birds flitted back and forth all morning. That is,Read more