Lofty

So, I read this quote by Oswald Chambers just a little bit ago and my heart so got it, and …well, out poured the song.  Here’s the quote, then the song. “We must stop using religion as if it were some type of lofty lifestyle – we must be spiritually real.” ~ Oswald Chambers   Manger, cross, crown of thorns washing feet, enduring scorn Almighty God to earth in human form How can it be?   Seeing through the grandRead more

Anchor

Storms Come. That’s what anchors are for… (Just a reminder for  a dear friend out there…and any one else who might need a friendly reminder…) Josh Garrels ~ Anchor of My Soul… “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil…” Hebrews 6:19  Read more

‘she did what she could’

I hope this doesn’t sound morbid. If it does, my apologies upfront. But for years, I’ve told my kids to put, “She did what she could…” on my tombstone. I’ve always said it with a bit of a chuckle, but I’m dead serious. (Sorry. Couldn’t resist…pun intended!) So tonight, as I was searching for a specific book that I wanted to get for a young mom, I was stopped in my tracks because, guess what?  There’s a book called SheRead more

Thankful Thursday

It’s hard to believe that it’s already Thursday again. Time keeps tick, tick, ticking away. Here are some of the things of the past week that I’m thankful for… I’m thankful for snow. The week started out with snow and walks and cold. I love how the snow just makes things stop a bit…and feel …well, quiet. Just quiet and still and like you don’t have to rush off to the next thing, but you can sit and linger. OrRead more

a few thoughts on beauty and resilience…

I got a great gift for Christmas. It was from my husband. And I tried hard not to seek out any hidden messages in the gift and to just be thankful. I guess the message wasn’t too hidden anyway.  Nope, not at all. Here it is 🙂 Yep. So I thanked him graciously (and meant  it. ) And I have used it and love it and am truly thankful for him getting something I probably wouldn’t have gotten myself. ButRead more

December Prayer

December Prayer I’m determined to remember I’m determined to forget On this last day in December I choose to move beyond regret   For it is often in the choosing Of what to hold and to let go for what we focus on will hold us And what we feed in life will grow I’ll forget what lies behind me Those things I cannot change But hold dear the lessons learned and Find the beauty that remains I’ll ‘forget’ theRead more

hang in there…

I walked out of the house this morning and saw this…a leaf hanging by a thread. Literally.  And I smiled. Cause I get it. I know a bit about what that feels like. Am guessing we have all had our times of feeling like we’re ‘hanging by a thread’.  And the smile came because I also have a favorite verse as a result. “The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33: 27a) Underneath areRead 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

…for today…

I’ve been making bird feeders again.  “For today” feeders is what I like to call them.  And here’s why…  In the past year, the phrase “for today” has become one of my favorite, favorite phrases. I’ve always appreciated the saying of “One Day At a Time. This quickly became, “one moment at a time” when I was a young mom to more little ones than my arms could hold.  (Our third son was born when our oldest was 2…and by the time ourRead more