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

Last man out

Living life takes courage.  Period.  It just does. And I see examples of courage everyday.  I see them at home, at work, in the community.  And a few nights a week in the Spring?  I see them on the baseball field. When the bases are loaded, your team is down by one in a game between rivals that has been anticipated for months, and it’s the last inning? Yep, it takes courage to stand at bat and swing for theRead more

Where Courage is Not…

“Where courage is not, no other virtue can survive except by accident.” Samuel Johnson I sit on the couch and watch the images on the screen as my husband flips through the channels.  The news reporter speaks of ice and snow,  traffic accidents and a plea for people to be safe and not venture out if not necessary.  I sit in my warm home with a blanket and a cup of coffee after a full day at work. The channelsRead more