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

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

Troubled Waters

So, I’m really not 100% sure what made this poem pour out of me at 5:45 this morning, but it did. I was kind of struck by looking at a dear friend’s eyes yesterday and seeing one who was troubled, and it stirred that up in me as well. Anyway, I’m not sure if any readers are feeling ‘troubled’ right now, and of course, I hope you aren’t. But if you are, here are a few reminders to not lookRead more

Be brave

Be Brave. and Courageous. and Innovative. Risk. Marvel at the world around you. Take it all in. Pour yourself out. …and see what you can do to impact, make it better, move the mountains, and widen paths so that others might just be inspired to¬† …be brave. Courageous. And innovative. And take risks. Marvel and wonder. And take it all in as they pour themselves out. And in the midst of your being brave, be sure, to take some timeRead more

Thankful Thursday

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” ‚̧ ~ Frederick Buechner So, it’s already Thursday again. Thankful Thursday, that is. And here are a few things I’m thankful for today. First am thankful for..this quote. “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” ¬†Amen. Faith, not fear. Faith. Feed faith, not fear.The news tells us to fear. Looking deeper into things through eyes of faith can encourage us toRead more

Staying Close

So on this “Thankful Thursday” am thankful for a little ‘profile in courage’ of our own. This is Tala. ¬†She does not like bridges. ¬†Especially long bridges. ¬†Even more so, very long swinging bridges where you can look under your four legs and see a stream flowing way down below. Nope, she doesn’t like bridges at all. She made that clear in strong protest. I didn’t blame her. And once she belly-crawled to the steps, she did this again:  Read more

where ya land

So I love the saying, “Bloom where you’re planted.” But my thought today? ¬†It is simply ‘Grow where ya land…’ ¬†And this rogue Sunflower mustering up one little petal as it takes root in the gutter and reaches toward the sun…well the visual sums it up pretty perfectly. And it made me smile and inspired me and even gave me a little courage. I could write volumes on my thoughts…but will spare you of the unabridged version today… Yeah, sometimes,Read more

Sassy

  Maybe “sassy” looks like a 3 inch bird who stares down a 5’6″ human. Maybe it looks like diving into the whole cup of birdseed rather than teetering on the edge and reaching for a few kernels. Maybe it sounds like the song …the beautifully loud and clear tune from a tiny little bird that boldly breaks the silence and fills the air with a melody. ¬†Maybe “sassy” is attitude that looks beyond stature and circumstance. Maybe sassy isRead more

Through

Elisabeth Elliot, Christian author, speaker passed away yesterday. ¬†But she always knew she was just passing through. ¬†Decades ago, she wrote a book called Through¬†the Gates of Splendor¬†. It is a book of courage. ¬†It is a story of tenacious and compassionate faith that moves people to serve Christ and go to the “ends of the earth” even if it means never coming back. ¬†It is a story of missionaries who love well, serve well, and do not cower ¬†andRead more