Make the Brownies

Make the brownies sing the songs Say the words and right the wrongs Laugh out loud and smile much Encourage folks reach out and touch Grab a hand Make the call Send the text Breathe through it all Read the stories Study, learn Share the glory Take your turn Hike the mountains Walk the trails Skip around and ride the rails Share the journey Swing real high Look out for the other guy Smell the flowers Ride the waves CountRead more

in the in between

In the basement  In the deep end In the cellar of my soul In the basement In the deep end There’s a fear that grips, controls In the darkness there’s a battle I must fight And fight to win But the irony, the beauty, –can it come in the surrender? Surrender? oh surrender… to  relinquish and to see It’s accepting, not rejecting- With great courage, comes great peace In the stopping, in the hearing,  In the ground beneath my feetRead more

Stubborn Little Hyacinth

Stubborn Little Hyacinth Peeking through the soil Resilient little perennial It’s been a year of toil Yes it may show up in the blooms This year, so scant and slight But beautiful little Hyacinth You made it to the light!! (And that was no small fight!) Stubborn little Hyacinth I feel a bit like you Am hopeful that the resilient beauty I’ll see in me like I see it in you. Beautiful, Lovely Hyacinth What a gift you are toRead more

Bare

Sometimes when everything else is stripped away, we can see a little clearer. I drive by these woods every day, sometimes multiple times. But for most of the year, I can’t see the morning sun. It’s only in the winter months, when the leaves have fallen and the trees are left bare that I can see through the gray of the trees to the warm glow of that rising orb in the sky. I’m thinking sometimes in life, when thingsRead more

Thankful Thursday

Every Spring, I look forward to seeing them–these splashes of blue in fields of green. Some might consider them weeds, just sprouting up here and there and everywhere. But me? I think they’re beautiful…absolutely beautiful. I’ve always loved them, but this year, well, it’s been even more of a blessing to see them. Why?  Because they’re predictable.  They stretch up every year. There’s something so comforting these days about things that are predictable, steady, anticipated. Like blue cornflowers in aRead more

when tulips bloom…

When tulips bloom, the splashes of red stand out. When tulips bloom, they bend and sway and move together in a type of floral bouquet, perfectly arranged, effortlessly displayed. When tulips bloom, we get to see the beauty of what’s been growing for most of the year. The bulb has been buried, in the dark, and out of view for not just one month, or two. No, for most of the year, the bulb stays hidden. But hidden doesn’t meanRead more

a little birdseed

I bought bird seed at the store today.  Given all of the things going on this week, well, it seemed like a good thing to do. I didn’t rush in to the store. I made myself slow down.  I made eye contact with the people around me, said hi to the clerk who then said, “Welcome to Dollar General…”  A sweet older man said, “Hi”,  then acted surprised and said, “Now aren’t you pretty.”   It was then my turn toRead more

always kept

“If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.” ― Julian of NorwichRead more

nothing.

“The wonderful thing about praying is that you leave a world of not being able to do something, and enter God’s realm where everything is possible. He specializes in the impossible. Nothing is too great for His almighty power. Nothing is too small for His love.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom   I love this quote so much…because I love this truth that takes the eyes off of me and my abilities (or lack thereof), and puts it on God andRead more