(not-so-Silent) Sunday

There’s a cool breeze blowing in western NC this morning. The sun is shining and it’s not yet the predicted 90 degrees–it’s an early morning 75 degrees. Well, I made my coffee and looked out the window and saw this beautiful little white morning glory and it just gave me a glimmer of hope. I’ve had this morning glory plant (as well as some other perennials) in a big pot for years. Usually, it starts blooming in early July. ButRead more

New

New Every Morning. That’s what the Bible says. It says that His mercies are new…. …His mercies are new…not just on some mornings. The Bible says that His mercies are new EVERY morning. His mercies are new…EVERY morning… whether we have the eyes to see those mercies….or not. Then the verse says, “Great is Your faithfulness, O Lord.” If it were up to me, well my mercies might be new some mornings, and some evenings.  But if I didn’t haveRead more

…a few thoughts on certainty…

I love morning. It’s like a fresh start. Sometimes it comes a lot sooner than I’d like and I’m the queen of the snooze button, but I still love mornings. I read some good things this morning. Some mornings, it’s just a quick devotion. Other  mornings, I get to linger a bit over coffee and music, and some mornings, like this morning, even though I was running a little bit behind, I decided to skimp on other things–not to skimpRead more

a little post script…

“p.s.”  is a tool that I definitely take advantage of quite often.  It’s also one that I want to use today for the post I shared yesterday entitled “different”.  (To reference it, here ya go… “different” ) When I finished the post  yesterday, it just didn’t feel finished. At all. I was NOT trying to write of platitudes, but gut level acceptance of life that was “different” than what I’d hoped for, and yet even though what I was thinking wasRead more

different…

Expectations are part of life. They are. We expect certain things. We expect that hard work will pay off …not just in  studies or at work, but even in relationships.  We expect that if we do this, then that occurs. We grow up learning certain equations, not just 1+1=2, but equations like eating well + exercise = good health, or working hard + studying our craft = success at work, or saving money + spending wisely = financial security. OftenRead more

greater

So, mourning doves are not known for their bravery. The doves that regularly visit the feeder on the back deck are no different. They are skittish and usually FLY AWAY FAST when there’s an unexpected sound. They coo as they  fly and usually take a bit of time before they come back. But this mourning dove was different. It stayed as I made pretty loud sounds in the kitchen washing dishes, putting things away, etc. When I did make aRead more

Never

After a tutoring session with a resilient (and quite active) little 5 year old, we took a walk (sometimes a ‘RUN!’) through the woods. We looked at flowers and trees and butterflies.  I let him take some photos and I took a few of my own. It was a fun little fifteen minutes of the day that refreshed me. Hope some of these photos refresh you. You see, we looked up.  Way up. And after a super busy week withRead more

puddle full of sky

This little puddle reminded me of something today… that sometimes, looking down can lead to looking up… Sometimes, when we’re a bit downcast, we can be reminded of blue skies. Thankful for puddles in life that reflect and remind of the truth that we’re not meant to keep our eyes downcast.Nope. Not at all. Oh, and here’s another thought. See that tree in the reflection?  See the leaf and acorn in the puddle? They all represent a different stage inRead more

morning thoughts…

We wait in hope for the Lord;     he is our help and our shield.  In him our hearts rejoice,     for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,     even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33: 20-22Read more

a few thoughts on hydration…

So, these orange clementines came home from the store with me last week. But our family has been so in and out of the house that the little treats that usually disappear from the fruit bowl pretty quickly were still there after a few days. But even in just those few days, they looked like they had shrunk significantly. It kind of surprised me. But then again, it’s been hot as all get out, and it’s pretty easy for folksRead more