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

i see you…

    There are so very many friends out there who have had a rough season way beyond what they thought they could ever bear (“bare” seems more fitting).  Loss of a child. Chronic Illness. Addictions that won’t go away in them or their loved one.  Medical diagnoses they never saw coming. Loss of parent that is no longer here, and some that are, but aren’t. Shattered Dreams. Relationships lost.  This post is for you, and for me, and forRead more

…a few thoughts on ties…

Sometimes, we have absolutely no idea what  people around us are going through.  Whether they be close friends and family, or strangers, it’s amazing how the littlest of things can form bonds, ties that bind, that make a big difference.  I was reminded of that tonight, so on this Thankful Thursday, I just wanted to share of how I’m thankful for God’s gentle reminders to trust Him with where He leads and to be thankful for and aware of the peopleRead more

…sometimes it’s just a lose-lose situation…

Life is full.  There are great and amazing moments. . There are moments that will tear your heart out.  There is a lot of the in-between.  There are times when the way is certain and there are no gray areas in terms of which way to choose.  There are times when the way is clear and the choices and consequences are clearly laid out before us. There are times when the way ahead feels like it is clouded with fogRead more

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ “Symmetry”

I love Bridges.  They kind of make you aware that you’re on your way to reaching a destination.  There’s the beginning.  There’s an ending, and there’s an in between. They are metaphors for so many things, and one of those is the journey that begins with the loss of a loved one.  And that is what the following poem is about…with a bridge as the metaphor. The Bridge of Grief An ending………………………………………………….A beginning A bridge between the two. The distanceRead more

Clinging to Hope ~ a few thoughts on the book of Habakkuk

I love the book of Habakkuk in the Bible.  I love it for a lot of reasons. One of the reasons, to be honest, is because it’s short.  You can get a full grasp of beginning to end in one sitting.  I love it because it’s real.  Habakkuk is questioning God on some things.  Questioning without doubting…that’s an important distinction.  I also love the book because it ends up with this beautiful verse that is often quoted: “Though the figRead more

Shattered Faith – (not)

So, a few minutes ago I was rushing again….rushing again to knock some things off my ever-growing to-do list.  One of them was to clean out the car which had accumulated some tools and books and my favorite coffee cup. So, as I was grabbing eVERy item, I thought I had better make two trips, but then nixed that thinking that I could ‘handle’ it. Well, I couldn’t ‘handle’ it, and the handle of what has recently become my oh-so-favoriteRead more

A Bridge Between The Two

Originally posted on soletusknow:
An Ending … a Beginning a Bridge Between The Two The distance oft-determined by the Allowance to Renew Grief…a purging The walls come tumbling down Hope…a Surging of God’s Grace so deep, profound Hope…Renewal You’ll rise, you’ll walk again Until then rest knowing that He’ll carry you, my friend He’ll carry you, my friend. (Photo Credit: Rachel Q. Keeley)

A Breath of Fresh Air

The sun was shining brightly on the roof of Levine Children’s Hospital. Just to be able to bring Tanner into the outside air was a gift. In a period of 5 days, he had gone from having cardiac arrest to sitting in a wheel chair wearing a Panther’s hat signed by 4 Carolina Panther’s football players, and a candy necklace around his neck given by hospital volunteers. Showered with love and affection in tangible gifts. And now, showered in sunlightRead more