take it

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.” ~Elisabeth Elliott   I’ll take it to the Throne of Grace I’ll meet God there to seek His face My refuge will be His embrace as I meet Him there I will lay my burdens there and cast them to His Sovereign Care I’ll trust that as He hears my prayer I’ll rise and walk by faith I’ll rise and walk by grace I’ll rise and I’ll beRead more

at our feet

Isn’t this beautiful? I mean, the colors and textures are such a cool blend. It’s a combination of dirt and stone, moss and leaves, pine needles and lichens. It’s a mix of organisms that are dead and alive and smooth and rough and bright and dull. Honestly, it’s a spot I’ve passed by oh so many times. But this time, I really noticed. I wasn’t in a hurry and was aware of the exact place my feet were….wasn’t looking ahead,Read more

it’s really okay…

It’s okay.  It’s so okay to not be okay. It is. I was reminded of that as I worked in the nursery at church today. You see, these little ones seem to know a thing or two about not being okay that maybe some of us older folks have forgotten.  Because when these babies have a need, they let people know. Sometimes LOUDly. ❤  Their little eyes start filling with tears and lips start quivering…and then comes the cry, theRead more

Thankful Thursday

Do you ever have those weeks when you’re trying to keep things light and on the surface, but there are underlying issues that feel like a magnet that keep drawing you back to where ya just don’t want to go (but probably need to go)?  Well, I’ve had one of those weeks. Maybe those kind of weeks make the on-the-surface  stuff all the more appreciated. On-the-surface items like this, for instance…. ….Breyers’ Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mints Ice Cream. IfRead more

a few thoughts on details…

  After a very full few weeks, I gladly found my way back to the river on Sunday. Austin is home from NYC, and he and I both had lots to do for the coming week, so after walking a bit, found a space with a picnic table to get to work. He found solitude by the river’s edge. I stayed at the picnic table. I kept hoping he was being more productive than yours truly. I started to workRead more

golden

So, you all probably know the drill. When someone says they are a special education teacher, there are a few favorite responses. One of these responses often goes something like this: “Wow, it takes a lot of patience to do your job…” To do the job WELL, am thinking that yes, yes it does. Does it mean that it is easy to be patient? Nope. No it does not. And it’s funny. I’ve realized something about myself. Being patient withRead more

humming in the dark

“Hope means to keep living amid desperation and to keep humming in the darkness.” ~ Henri Nouwen Before the sun had come up, I heard a bird singing away. Not sure what kind it was but I do know that the song reminded me of Spring…newness, light, fresh growth. Its song was clear and bright in the dark of the early morning. Made me smile. There’s lots of dark all around.  My goal today?  To, as Henri Nouwen says, keepRead more

‘she did what she could’

I hope this doesn’t sound morbid. If it does, my apologies upfront. But for years, I’ve told my kids to put, “She did what she could…” on my tombstone. I’ve always said it with a bit of a chuckle, but I’m dead serious. (Sorry. Couldn’t resist…pun intended!) So tonight, as I was searching for a specific book that I wanted to get for a young mom, I was stopped in my tracks because, guess what?  There’s a book called SheRead more

Thankful Thursday

The alarm rang early this morning . I think it seemed a lot earlier because even though I was getting up at about the same time I usually do, I HAD to get up. And after being on break since the 21st of December, well, I’ve been spoiled a bit. But as I warmed up the car and warmed up myself with my car’s trusty and oh-so-appreciated seat warmer, and a cup of strong coffee, I was feeling more readyRead more