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

take it

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.” ~Elisabeth Elliott   I’ll take it to the Throne of Grace I’ll meet God there to seek His face My refuge will be His embrace as I meet Him there I will lay my burdens there and cast them to His Sovereign Care I’ll trust that as He hears my prayer I’ll rise and walk by faith I’ll rise and walk by grace I’ll rise and I’ll beRead more

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

what these eyes see

Do I see the forest Or do I see the trees Let my sights be set on  You for you are all I need Do I see the detail Or does my vision scan it all Let my sights be set on You, You are my all in all. Do I see minutiae Or the Grande Design Let my heart be set on you and vision be aligned With your call to be faithful in the little things, the smallRead more

unflinching…

“…Biblical faith —that is true faith in the existence, presence, promises, and provisions of God — never requires you to deny reality in any way. It is not biblical faith to try to convince yourself that things are better than they actually are. It is not biblical faith to work to make yourself feel good about what is not good. Biblical faith looks reality in the face and does not flinch.”   ~ Paul David Tripp I’m so thankful for readingRead 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 waves…

So I’ve always loved to write. But I don’t always love to share. Nope. Putting stuff ‘out there’ can be vulnerable. It’s easy to be misunderstood, and even if not, it’s easy to feel misunderstood. I guess that’s why I like saying things are “a few thoughts on…” this or that. Because it’s not summative. It’s not the ‘whole truth and nothing but the truth’. It’s just me sharing thoughts…a piece, a little slice of perspective that will hopefully encourageRead more

anyway

    Planning for outcomes is good. But isn’t it true that in the midst of the process is often where the real change and impact is made? I read these “Paradoxical Commandments” the other day and was glad to be reminded to press on and try to make good decisions even when the outcomes weren’t quite what I’d choose. Our world is so results and outcomes-based. But lots of times, we might plant seeds and never see a teenyRead more