biscotti for breakfast…

Vacation.  Yahoo. It’s a time when the “coulds” are allowed to win over some of the “shoulds”. I probably should have run to the store early  this morning to get groceries. I probably should  have already emptied the dishwasher and started laundry from our trip.  But I could take my time, because I really don’t have to be anywhere till 4:00 or so. And the choice of eating biscotti for breakfast is  definitely a “could” that is winning over aRead 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

Trusting is Resting

Anxiety. If you listen, or scroll, or read for any amount of time these days, that word will most likely pop up pretty quickly. Worry, anxiety, depression…these are battles  of the mind and heart that so many face in their lives. About a month ago, I was dealing with a lot of worry about a current situation in our lives. I couldn’t see how things would play out and it was really eating at me from the inside. It wasRead more

Thankful Thursday ~ Unexpected Blessings

Today, I’m thankful for unexpected blessings. I’m not sure why I’m so focused on this today because I’m thankful for a thousand things. But today? Today I’m thankful that life didn’t quite turn out like I had planned. Because of that, my family is a bit larger than what I had envisioned. With that larger family comes a few more loads of laundry to wash, mouths to feed, clothes to buy, bills to pay, and more people to love andRead more

At Day’s End

So here’s the thing. You watch a movie. There are the ups and downs, twists and turns, moments of laughter, tears, moments of wondering how things are going to turn out and thinking there’s no way a situation can end well. And then? The end of the movie. The beautiful ending where all of the pieces come together and you see where things have been leading all along. It’s a happy ending, a hopeful ending, one that leaves you withRead more

Sunday Stills ~ In Your Hand

The Sunday Stills Challenge is “In Your Hand”. Why photograph a stone in my hand? Months back I took this photo as a visual. I had written a bit of a rant on condemnation and grace…and dropping stones. If you want to read the post, here’s the link! If not, at least you know why I have a photo of a rock in my hand! https://soletusknow.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/the-these-and-the-those/ http://wordpress.com/tag/sunday-stills-challenge-of-the-weekRead more

The “These” and the “Those”

Where Grace Abounds Those in desperate need of a doctor are not the healthy, But the sick Those who are in need of water Are the thirsty Those who are in need of a meal Are the hungry Those who are in need of covering Are the naked Those in need of freedom Are the enslaved Those who are in need of mercy are the accused Those who are in need of forgiveness Are the unforgiven..and the unforgiving Those whoRead more

Filtered Through

“Everything that comes into our lives is filtered through God’s Hands”, said the Pastor’s wife who would become a dear friend and mentor. She would hold her hand open and give a visual as she said it. I love the phrase “filtered through”. Like sunshine filtering through the trees. Sometimes we get the sunshine. Sometimes, what is filtered through His hands does not appeal to us, but may be the very thing that will enrich our lives and cause usRead more