as a child…

Gilded chandeliers on high Columns reaching to the sky Centuries old this wondrous sight I wonder what God sees… Golden statues, candles’ flames Crowds that come and say The Name None to folly, none to blame I wonder what God sees… Folded hands, heart open wide Searching soul with closed eyes Praying words too deep to hide I’m thinking this God sees… …this young child kneeling there hands held out folded in prayer, kneeling down and casting cares I’m thinkingRead more

…beckoning the wind…

“What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.” Corrie ten Boom prayer keeps us grounded…. …and hopeful at the same time. Prayer helps us to be open to  God’s leading and direction when there are lots of ways we could go and paths we could choose… prayer refreshes… and gives a sense of peace Prayer is a discipline…a not always easy choice that grants power and peace all at the sameRead more

difference…

  Serenity… can be… “acceptance of what you can’t change courage to change the things you can wisdom to know the difference…” (Reinhold Niebuhr) Serenity can also be… just taking a walk and having eyes to see the beauty all around that needs no changing. Thankful for that. Yep…thankful that no matter how many things there are that might appear to need changing, that there are so many more things (and things that are so not ‘things’, as in people)Read more

a few thoughts on succulents…

My girl Hope and I recently purchased some succulents. They come in all shapes and sizes. They  have different textures. They even come in all different shades and colors, and they are all just beautiful. Especially when you mix them together. But there’s one thing that they all have in common. They need light….lots and lots of light to survive. If they get too much water on a regular basis, well, instead of thriving, they barely hang on to surviving.Read more

… a few thoughts on clinging…

In the Spring, my mother-in-law gave me a beautiful mandevilla plant. It’s been growing beautifully and is filling up the trellis behind it. But one day, I noticed that a vine had reached the top of the trellis. And there was nothing close for it to cling to. Day after day, it grew in the same direction…seemingly reaching for something to cling to. It grew and grew and was just floating in the air, apparently searching for a landing spot.Read more

…a few thoughts on mountains and molehills…

“Pray with your eyes on God, not on the difficulties.” ~Oswald Chambers Yep.  This is a reminder to myself. I hate to be a broken record, but here goes… we have lots of transitions going on in our home with one son going to college on the coast, one daughter moving to the mountains, and one son moving to Sweden…all within a 2 week window (which occurs simultaneously with me going back to teaching after a nice long summer.  InRead more