Archive | February 2015

His mercy is new

“Just like we have to intentionally look for Him!” ~JH
Just now, I am struck with how He wants us to intentionally look for Him as HE has intentionally sought us! There is no other God like our God-Creator of everything and Father to those who seek Him and find Him!

I Sing Because I'm Free


intrigued by morning’s glow

of a winter sunrise

I leash up my best friend

to take him out and feast our eyes

on the beautiful light of dawn

as we watch Him paint away-

once again, I am reminded

His mercy is new today 

I have not been sleeping well lately.  I admit that I have complained a little about this because it leaves me feeling tired.  All the time.

I love how God renews, refreshes, and reveals little things to me- when I am paying attention.  Just yesterday, in our women’s small group at church, we watched a short video of a sermon about being hungry.  The pastor said his very favorite part of the day was at 4 am when he woke up and got to spend time alone with God- all by himself.  He said he couldn’t wait for this time every day!

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Try Something Different…Just Let It Go

Straight Up: Messy Truth


Think about the things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8,9

It’s that time of year again. Lenten season. The time of year when for the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday we focus on the meaning of Easter. That focus is not on the Cadbury Eggs that fill the aisles of the local drugstores, or the Easter egg hunts that are already being planned. Rather, it is on the one who promised us new life by shedding His blood.

For many it also means giving up present day luxuries to slow down and spend time preparing and celebrating this gift He has given.

God amazes me over and over, and the season of Lent is no exception. He also seems to find funny ways of teaching me to slow down. So, just as the season of Lent begins…

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Ice walk

“It’s usually me that’s doing the singing on Sunday mornings- what a treat it was to hear His creation singing for joy!” ~JH

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a winter wonderland

ice-layered trees

sing for joy

unveiling their frailty,

revealing their beauty,  

 and declaring their


to the Son


“Momma, I don’t feel like myself today.”

We all have days when we feel out of sorts.  A Sunday morning at home always leaves me feeling like something is missing.  Due to the snow and ice, the girls had been home from school for a week, and we were all going a little stir crazy. And then church was cancelled, too.  That, alone,  always leaves me feeling a bit “off”.

“Baby, neither do I…” I lovingly told my daughter.  “We are all a little stir crazy and out of our normal routines.”

Since church was cancelled, I decided to take a long walk.  The girls and I bundled up and headed out. We didn’t say a word to each other.  We walked in silence as we took in…

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Love needs no words

“We never have to lament over our words, or worry about how they might come across- because He knows us, and He knows our heart so intimately.” ~JH

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love is

a language

where no words

are needed

Sometimes I need an interpreter so others can understand me.  Because I mix up my words. all. the. time.

My husband and I had just started dating, and I was still in high school.  Several nights a week, I worked a part-time job which is where I happened to meet my boyfriend. One evening, my then-boyfriend (now-husband) picked me up from work to take me home.  I was so tired.  Tired from going to school all day and then standing on my feet at work.  I confess, I have never had a lot of stamina, and I am always tired… and sometimes I say things that make absolutely nosense. Ok…lots of times. But the funny thing is- when you really know one another- you just know what the other person is thinking. I remember the rain falling on…

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My One True Valentine

“but on a wooden cross”. Who is you “One True Valentine?”

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We love each other because He loved us first. 1 John 4:19

“Mommy, please…PLEASE help me! I can’t find my valentines!”

And so began the task of looking in every bag, every box, every nook, every cranny for the valentines that the little fella swore were in each place we checked. Until we finally gave up in disappointment and defeat. Using the moment as we should have-teaching responsibility for one’s things. Even debating whether to allow him to be left out of the Valentine exchange to reinforce that same lesson.

But, as parents. We want to rescue our children from their choices. From their mistakes. We want to swoop in and save the day. Be the hero. And, while I may be the “superstar” on some days for my kids. The one who saves the day. To drop off left lunches. To repair ripped projects. To bandage boo-boos. To recover lost…

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Life’s Tools

“It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools—friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty—and said ‘do the best you can with these, they will have to do’. And mostly, against all odds, they do.”
~Anne Lamott


Don’t Worry, God Will Handle It

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“Can I stay home today? I am not feeling so well.”

“Sure…” was my response. With a little bit of apprehension. A sinking feeling of dread that had me asking this usually compliant child if something was wrong. If he was really sick.

Now, why exactly would I ask this question? Come on! The child was sick! Certainly he had no other reason to stay home.

But the nightmare I had the evening before. The one that began with the same exact question, had my stomach in knots and my heart filled with worry.

What if? Should I stay home? What if this happens? What if that happens?


This is not the only time I have been filled with worry over the last few weeks. Some rational and healthy. Others a little irrational and over the top.

As college looms ahead of us for our oldest son some of…

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If there were no clouds…

“I knew that even if it didn’t get fixed that night, that He would guide me in what do to next, but I couldn’t stop hoping”. Faith in action!!!

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FullSizeRender Our church at sunset…

 if there were no clouds

we’d never see the beauty

revealed when they move


From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised- Psalm 113:3

 For the last few weeks I have felt clouds looming overhead- obstructing my view. But I am learning to trust Him. He always works things out. Every single time.

 This past weekend, my laptop went crazy.  Just fyi- a blank screen with a flashing question mark on your laptop is never a good sign…


As soon as I realized that this problem was beyond my limited expertise, I started praying. I really needed this laptop to work. I had an assignment due for an online class I am taking, and all my passwords were on it.  I kept praying, and trusting that somehow He was going to work it…

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” In order to connect, that requires a little bit of reaching out- and a whole lot of “Son” light”. ~JHarris

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Sometimes I wonder

what it looks like down under

beneath the ground’s soil

they run

The roots intertwine

they mingle and wind


becoming as one

IMG_3449We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. Romans 12:5

I went on a wild goose chase the other night. I found a web site that talked about Pando- the world’s largest single living organism- a forest of trees all coming from the same under the ground root system. Trees have always fascinated me.  But here’s a little secret fear I have- roots.  The thought of roots deep in the ground, growing and intertwining creeps me out!

So my husband saw me reading about Pando and he was intrigued.  He already knew all about the Pando, but he was so curious-  Why was I looking this up and how did I find it??

I kind of chuckled…

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