what remains

When realities blow chaff in the wind When real life burns dross away When the depths of grief are surfacing oh God help us seek your face When the fire burns so deep within And fear rises to the heights Oh God let your Word ring loud and clear You are with us in darkest of nights When the Voids within are hollow coves Fill us with your Words of Life You can use the heights and lows To drawRead more

in the quiet

Just a thought: Sometimes, those who are most wise are the most quiet when trying to answer the hardest “why?s” In a world full of words, sometimes wisdom comes clothed in the quiet…or even…silence. Learning that.Read 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

a few thoughts on listening…

As I left work and walked into the empty parking lot, it felt like my car was miles away. It was the only one left in the parking lot (again) as everyone had already gone home. I was carrying a box of things to work on this weekend and felt the weight with each step. This wasn’t the usual TGIF with all the happy feels. Nope. I was feeling really weighed down. But it wasn’t about the box. Nope, theRead more

a good trade

I got a new kitchen trash can a few months ago. It was a gift. A Mother’s Day gift, no less. But it’s not just any trash can. Nope. This one is brushed aluminum, sealed, sleek, and actually beautiful. I mean, it even comes with a warranty! I’ve surely never had a trash can that needed a warranty. That isn’t all, mind you. I even got a huge box of trash bags along with it. Not just the ordinary bags.Nope—theseRead 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

Cracks in the sidewalk

All I saw was the empty pot. Well, it wasn’t empty because there was soil in it, but it was void of greenery. There were no signs of life anywhere in that rich dark soil, and I wasn’t happy about it. I know it was just a plant, but it was a pretty plant that smelled great. It was an herb that I could use to season some of our meals. I mean, I really liked that plant. That wasRead more

in your midst

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17Read more

Thankful Thursday

Every Spring, I look forward to seeing them–these splashes of blue in fields of green. Some might consider them weeds, just sprouting up here and there and everywhere. But me? I think they’re beautiful…absolutely beautiful. I’ve always loved them, but this year, well, it’s been even more of a blessing to see them. Why?  Because they’re predictable.  They stretch up every year. There’s something so comforting these days about things that are predictable, steady, anticipated. Like blue cornflowers in aRead more