What hands can’t hold

Some things cannot be taken But they’re the things we cannot hold Oh when our world is shaking, quaking, we’re breaking We will hold to  what we deeply know Light bursting through the shadows Comes as we choose to see  The beauty amidst the ache Like mortar in a mosaic masterpiece Some things we’ll never fathom What ifs of what could be But may we hold to what we know We are loved and loved will always be Oh thatRead 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

part of the dance

“If you stumble, make it part of the dance.” ~Author Unknown I read this quote today and just love it. Because we all stumble. Maybe the key to recovering from a misstep is fully owning the ‘stumbles’, acknowledging them, then picking ourselves up and moving on. And not just that, but picking ourselves up and making the stumble part of our dance, part of our story. I love that thoughtRead more

Thankful Thursday

Sometimes we realize that we don’t know what’s just around the bend, just over the hill, or just around the corner in our lives. Sometimes we realize that. Sometimes we don’t. But I’m guessing that in the post March 2020 world, more folks are realizing that maybe life isn’t quite as predictable as we might have hoped. But maybe, just maybe, there’s a beautiful flip side to this unpredictability of the unforeseen future. Maybe, just maybe,we can learn to appreciateRead more

Silent Sunday

After a full day, I indulged in two things: a late afternoon cup of hazelnut coffee, and sitting on the front porch. It was quiet and there was a little breeze blowing and I was just praying through a few things when all of a sudden, light just flooded the porch. It made me think of how cool it is that things can change in an instant when we least expect it, and how important it is to not giveRead more

a few thoughts on…the red white and blue

Red. White. Blue. Red– for the passion that spurred the vision for men and women to  start a country where “all men are created equal”, for the blood that was spilled in the past, the blood being spilled now, and the blood to be spilled in the future for the truth that freedom comes with a cost, and we are so blessed to have those who are willing to fight for freedom. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that allRead more

deeper still

Was praying tonight and found myself drawn to a quote my friend said the other day.  I had asked her for prayer for another friend who was facing a huge challenge, a pit, if you will. She texted back “there is no pit so deep, God’s love is not deeper still. ” It’s a quote by Corrie ten boom. As a holocaust survivor, Corrie knew a thing or two about pits. She knew about darkness and despair. She also knewRead more

Thankful Thursday

Oh, how I needed you, this space to think on the good things. So here are a few things from the week I’m thankful for… For a quiet evening with bare feet dangling in a swimming pool while having good conversation, laughter, and heartfelt prayer with a dear friend, I’m so thankful. For lavender fields, the woman who plows them, and the time to breathe in the lavender and take photos of a beautiful, sweet baby, I’m thankful. For memoriesRead more

“whatever happens…”

“Whatever happens…” I have been camping out in the book of Philippians a lot over the past two months. There are some really good verses about thinking on what’s true, and praying through, and knowing that all that is not in my hands or control is in God’s. I’ve needed lots of reminders and have kept it simple by going there to that short book in the Bible when I needed those reminders. I’ve read this small encouraging book (onlyRead more