Thankful Thursday

Be still, be willing to believe Be hopeful ready to receive with open hearts and open hands and bended knees and wills that stand That stand firm in a world that moves Stand Still…with nothing left to prove Be still….Still willing to believe Strong willed..and willing to receive Hold fast, cling to what is true Let the past free its hold on you Be still and know that He is Lord Still.. no matter what goes on in the WorldRead more

Leaning in

I remember learning to drive. (I’ve had a few flashbacks over the years as I’ve taught my kids to drive, and that sure gave me more sympathy for the slaps to the dash that I remember as my mom was teaching me.) We’ve experienced anything from driving too close to the center line, to heavy feet (am thinking it might be hereditary, ūüėȬ† ), to being tentative in changing lanes. I mean all of the above take practice. Some thingsRead more

…a few thoughts on wild roses…

I kind of like wild roses. They aren’t perfect. Wild roses¬† can be unruly and pop up in unexpected places. They bloom where they are planted. They are alive. Sure, they have thorns. But they have beauty.¬† They have beauty that is seen, and even if you don’t see them, their aroma can let you know that they are there and draw your eye to them. They aren’t a staged centerpiece, but a living organism that lives and blooms andRead more

…a few thoughts on pouring rain…

I love a good pouring rain, the way it washes everything in its path. I love the freshness that seems to come after it’s all over. Seems like when there’s a pouring rain, the sky clears faster than when there’s just a soft mist or drizzle. It’s like it gets it out of the way in a short period of time and then clears the way for the sun to shine on through. Slow gray drizzles seem to take aRead more

it’s not about the tires

After a quiet Sunday morning of taking my time to drink my coffee, read, pray, even take some photos of a few things on the deck and blog a bit, I went out to the car to leave for nursery duty at church and saw…not one, but TWO¬†flat tires. And I’m not talking questionable or just a little low on air. I’m talking F ¬†L ¬†A ¬†T. And I felt a bit deflated for sure. More than just a bit.Read more

…a few thoughts on the Cross…

I have a distinct memory in my high school years. Our beloved Latin teacher gave quite dramatic deliberations on a variety of subjects. She was always incredibly entertaining.I remember her talking about bubble gum giving your mouth a sugar bath of decay. I remember her literally sliding across a table with her hands clenched saying, “PLEASE, PLEASE…” ¬†I don’t remember what she was begging for, but the manner of asking made quite a long lasting impression, that’s for sure. ¬†Yes,Read more

…a few thoughts on ships…

“A ship in the harbor is safe. But that’s not what ships are for.” William G.T ¬†Shedd I saw some ships today, and some smaller vessels on the water. They were coming in to the harbor just as the sun was going down. My son and I watched as the boats in the distance moved a little closer in to the dock. It was windy and cold, but beautiful on the patio as we ate. ¬†Hot Clam chowder tasted reallyRead more

Seasons

In a little over a week, Autumn will officially become Winter. The leaves are leaving…a few are still hanging on, but most seem to be ending up in places like my sidewalk and yard and deck. ¬†December has come and even though yesterday I was wearing flip flops, now I feel like I should be wearing a parka. ¬†Seasons change, sometimes so quickly. Yes, things can change so quickly. I learned tonight that a woman who we used to goRead more

…a few thoughts on red-tailed catfish and common ground…

So, my son’s birthday was yesterday. ¬†He had a few specific things that he wanted: ¬†a red-tailed catfish for his aquarium, and possibly a Lowe’s gift card for some tools, wood, etc for his projects. ¬†We decided to celebrate a day early because our youngest son was going out of town for a retreat and wanted to be there to celebrate his brother’s birthday. ¬†So after work on Thursday, I rushed out to Lowe’s first to get the gift card.Read more