a few thoughts on letting go…

“Let go of the past, and the past will let go of you…” Cool quote. Not sure who it’s by. But cool, powerful quote. “Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19   “I will do something new, Now it will spring forth…WillRead more

…like water…

I wish that a gently falling rain Could quietly wash away your pain And leave a newness and relief A renewal, deep sense of peace Wish that as water rinses clean You’d just be washed and yes, redeemed Wish that a gently falling rain Was merely all that it would take But how this pain seeps deep within And takes root, this hold, this sin It lingers, grows, and goes beyond The surface, and takes hold, a  hold so strongRead more

…a few thoughts on red-tailed catfish and common ground…

So, my son’s birthday was yesterday.  He had a few specific things that he wanted:  a red-tailed catfish for his aquarium, and possibly a Lowe’s gift card for some tools, wood, etc for his projects.  We decided to celebrate a day early because our youngest son was going out of town for a retreat and wanted to be there to celebrate his brother’s birthday.  So after work on Thursday, I rushed out to Lowe’s first to get the gift card.Read more

White as Snow

A Blanket of Grace Thankful for the covering White as Fallen Snow “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Endurance

Pairing socks…Now that takes endurance at my house! But seriously, isn’t it funny, how sometimes the little stuff of life like pairing socks can be the things we put off?  It’s not an overwhelming job when it’s kept in check, but oh brother, you should see what happens in my home when the laundry gets away from us. Pairing socks with one load of laundry is pretty simple and do-able.  But when the laundry  piles up and isn’t sorted rightRead more

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Texture

On Being Laid Bare Unraveling… Unveiling… Peeling Back… Exposing… Laying Bare… it’s fine for a birch tree… but oh, so hard to see in those we love. But there’s a season for exposure of the hidden things which eat from the inside out. May we be people who embrace and love well (which may involve covering, or may involve more painful exposure) when those in our care are in the painful process of dealing with things they need to letRead more

Daily Prompt Challenge – ‘Repentance’

‘Repentance’ definitely isn’t a word for preschoolers. But most of these young little folks have ample opportunites to learn about the concept! This photo captures one of those opportunities – a teachable moment when the little guy learns about turning and being forgiven and starting fresh. No, he didn’t committ anything major, but learning to turn from wrongs done, and being forgiven is a crucial part of growing up…no matter the age. His Dad is listening. He’s getting on hisRead more

Looking Back

I’ve sat in the passenger seat and helped teach 5 teenagers how to drive. (FIVE!)It’s good training for having nerves of steel, it really is! But I always love how when kids have just gone through Driver’s Ed, they know the techniques. One son in particular was really good about using techniques initially. He had the hands at 10 and 2, and adjusted the mirrors. When he backed up, he always looked over his right shoulder, put his right armRead more