instruments

Tonight as I watched the news in horror,  the news started to drown out as a memory kind of kindled in my mind. It was literally like I was hearing background music from my past and was transported back to being in the Wednesday night youth choir with memories of me trying to hit some  sharp notes of a song that was  very difficult to learn.  The notes were difficult, but boy, the words stuck then and are ringing inRead more

what these eyes see

Do I see the forest Or do I see the trees Let my sights be set on  You for you are all I need Do I see the detail Or does my vision scan it all Let my sights be set on You, You are my all in all. Do I see minutiae Or the Grande Design Let my heart be set on you and vision be aligned With your call to be faithful in the little things, the smallRead more

unflinching…

“…Biblical faith —that is true faith in the existence, presence, promises, and provisions of God — never requires you to deny reality in any way. It is not biblical faith to try to convince yourself that things are better than they actually are. It is not biblical faith to work to make yourself feel good about what is not good. Biblical faith looks reality in the face and does not flinch.”   ~ Paul David Tripp I’m so thankful for readingRead more

…not…

I love daisies. They are simple, but beautiful. They grow gracefully and don’t need much care. But this little daisy isn’t quite thriving at the moment.  It’s in a large pot  just off of our front porch and isn’t amidst lots of blooms. In fact, it is the only one blooming. It has lost a petal or two and the green leaves at its base are looking kind of brown.  Poor thing looked like it had been through a prettyRead more

…a few thoughts on preparation…

As many of you are probably aware, the East Coast has had a bit of a storm this week. Hurricane Florence made her presence known and hit Wrightsville Beach on Friday.  (Have I mentioned my son that goes to UNCW lives on Wrightsville Beach?…He can see the ocean from his balcony (or roof as he often does, and feel the wind and ocean air every time he walks out the door.)  I even  have some visuals of his place.  (GotRead more

at the table

It was a planning day at school today. There are lots of things I love about planning days. I can get caught up on things, collaborate with teachers, and ….listen to whatever I want to. I like having music in class. Lately we’ve been singing “Be a Learner”, “Sight Words Song”, and a really cool “RESPECT” rap. Even though I enjoy singing them with my students, these songs wouldn’t be on my song list. No, today, I got to listenRead more

a few thoughts on ‘fessing up’…

‘Fessing up means to admit.  It is a confessing of wrongs done, an admission of actions taken, words spoken, etc.  It means letting down, a humble acceptance of a guilty plea, an owning up to truth, admitting wrongs done, or an ‘admission’ of wrongs committed. But here’s the thing. ‘Admission’ also means being allowed to enter. When we’re granted admission to something, we usually need a ticket right? We need a key, a sign that says we’ve paid what weRead more

a few thoughts on reflections…

I love to see reflections in the water. Sometimes, the reflection is so true to form, and looks so much like what is being reflected. Other times, it looks so different. Ripples in the water, lighting,  and angles can make a big difference in how accurate the reflection looks.  The above photo isn’t clear, or an accurate representation at all, but I still loved the way it looked. And even if it doesn’t look quite like the plant that isRead more

each moment

“God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now… If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.” ~ Oswald Chambers Gonna repeat that one line again and again to myself…“if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment asRead more

a few thoughts on hornets…

Have  you ever heard that phrase “mad as a hornet”?  It makes me picture some crazed hornet flying sporadically in random patterns at high speeds, and everyone else running to steer clear of it’s undetermined and unpredictable path. Well, I was thinking about that phrase the other morning. Why?  Because I was.  “Mad as a hornet”, that is. Yes. Affirmative with no exaggeration. I promise I wasn’t ‘flying sporadically in random patterns at high speeds …, but I did noteRead more