Faith

Faith is so personal, 
yet those of us who have it long to share it 
with those who need it.
Because we know how it has changed our lives.
For good. For better. For best. 
It doesn't eliminate struggles or pain; 
it simply reminds us of the promises, 
reminds us to be grateful, 
reminds us to love...
Being Thankful for Failure Takes a Better Man than I

Being Thankful for Failure Takes a Better Man than I

I don’t fail very often any more; and it certainly isn’t because I’m great at everything I do. No, it is much more because at age 59 and 11/12 I’m fairly aware of my limitations, and I stick to what I do well, or at least, what I’m pretty sure I won’t botch badly. I don’t try high diving or skateboarding or basketball; I don’t try to fix my own computer or my leaky roof; I don’t do my own taxes (although I’m tempted) or read Nature magazine. (What a misnomer that title is!) But as the laborer at the cottage, I’ve been trying some new … Continue Reading

 

 

The Color of Light

The Color of Light

We’ve been on a mission trip to Alabama for the last week, and I am feeling contemplative…

Color is Light – every color in white
Refracted, Reflected
Rays from the sun.
Azure, Vermillion, Lavender, Dun
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Lawn chairs in fall

A Stillness in Time

I’ve been experimenting with black and white photography these past two weeks. Perhaps it is a bit ironic that as autumn’s colors are at its most glorious, I’m choosing black and white. It could be that my camera can’t capture the beauty of fall; but I think it is more of a mood. I hear … Continue reading

 

 

 

 

The Gift of a House

The Gift of a House

Sometimes I wonder how in the world we ended up with two houses. Especially at this time of year. We still mostly live at the city house. It’s where work is. It’s where the mortgage is. It’s where old friends are. But it isn’t necessarily where the heart is. I wonder about that. I miss … Continue reading

 

 

Perfectionism, Part 1: the curse

Perfectionism, Part 1: the curse

All our lives we’re told, “Do your best.” “If you do your best, that’s all anyone can ask.” And what, exactly, is our best? How many times can we have a do over? When and how do we draw the line between “our best” and OCD? And who ultimately gives us the final grade? Friends? …Continue reading

 

 

 

 

Perfectionism, Part 2: the blessings

Perfectionism, Part 2: the blessings

Last night I was reclining in bed, surrounded by pillows, books, notebooks, and reading glasses, writing a blog post on my IPhone. These phones are very handy when one has a thought and doesn’t want to lose it in the quagmire of daily living (or nightly dreaming). I was about to save the post when … Continue reading

 

 

 

 

random messy beauty

the random Messy Beauty of everyday life

I bought a new photo app for my phone the other day for 99 cents. While playing around with Nofinder (just pushing buttons, in other words) this photo was the fourth one I took. I was shocked. It was really just a shot from the back deck here at Apple Hill. None of the others … Continue reading

 

 

 

 

The Promise

The Promise

 

The promise of Spring is here
buried under the snow of February.
The earth awakens from sleep.
Just as Jesus can awaken the…
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Sundays at the Cottage

Sundays at the Cottage

There’s been much chaos in my life lately…. Dashing between two houses, fixing up one to live in, fixing up one to sell, both of us working jobs, and trying to balance everything? I am failing BIG TIME! We went into this with  … Continue Reading 

 

 

The Cure for Christmas Scrooges

The Cure for Christmas Scrooges

I’ve been feeling rather like a scrooge these days. The world’s a mess, it’s dark december, and why should i buy more stuff to give to people who already have too much stuff when so much of the world doesn’t have enough… The cure? Decorate your tree with old ornaments and don’t buy a single new one. … Continue reading

 

 

 

 

Isaiah 9:2

Plain, Mundane, and Common

My inbox is filling up with Christmas ideas: Group your Christmas trees together in threes and make a statement. DIY giant Glitter Snowflakes Twelve Days of Cookie recipes 22 best kids’ gifts under $20… The Best Christmas songs you’ve never heard The emotions are mixed on this folks, because I’m just not there… Perhaps I … Continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

Blue sky, white clouds

Plus ca change…the circle of life

Life in August and September has been lively: anniversaries, birthdays, the start of school, funerals, a wedding, and two houses that compete for our attention. The start of school means back to work — organizing books, planning lessons, and this year it meant re-organizing the main section of the library after a flood last year. … Continue reading

 

 

 

The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strained...

The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strained…

 

i have a friend who has demons in his head… Continue Reading

 

 

 

 

 

Dithering

Dithering

We spend a lot of time dithering… Trying to figure out every angle before we start, so we won’t be surprised. It never works, and we just end up with a work stoppage. Yesterday, after a morning of spectacular dithering, I wondered to myself why we don’t discuss these problems on the way back and … Continue reading

 

 

 

John 1:16

Blessings on your House

For the rest of Advent and Christmas I will be finishing up my gratitude project for the past year. It was never intended to be anything but for me to document my gratitude and blessings, and help me be intentional about living a joy-filled life for the year. It worked! And if I can encourage … Continue reading

 

Demolishing the Strongholds

Demolishing the Strongholds

We strapped on our armor this past week. We were doing battle. Against the creatures who have lived and died in our walls. What is living in the walls of your house? The better question might be phrased What is dead in the walls of your house? It isn’t pretty, and it isn’t picture-worthy. What? … Continue reading

 

On Mowing and Marriage and Trying to Be Like Jesus

On Mowing and Marriage and Trying to Be Like Jesus

There’s very little in this life that I like less than mowing grass. Reasons? Oh yeah, I got plenty: What a waste of time — I could be gardening, reading, writing, washing dishes, mopping the kitchen floor… What a waste of gasoline and added pollution, when we could be growing food, or flowers, or sheep … Continue reading

 

 

So what happens when one finally gets settled into a routine at the cottage where one has spent three years preparing to live? Life. Yes. Life. Yes. Life. Happens. There’s a new job. There’s a volunteer commitment one made before the new job happened. There’s cooking to do, gardens to plant, flowers to grow, pillow … Continue reading

 

 

 

Quiet

Quiet

December isn’t usually a quiet month. But for some reason, (God-appointed perhaps?) quiet is my focus-word for December. It wasn’t supposed to be — December was to be Joy or Giving… Yet here it is: one month left in 2014 and one word left for the monthly focus. Quiet. I’ve been wondering what to do about it. … Continue reading

 

 

Refraction

Refraction

Refraction — the change of direction of a ray of light or sound, in passing obliquely from one medium into another in which wave velocity is different. I pray for refraction. God’s light to shine through the curtains, the leaves, the shadows, the water, the air I breathe in — Ruah –passing obliquely from one  … Continue reading

 

 

 

Keep your eyes open to your mercies

2,015 Little Blessings

My word for 2015 is content.

I struggle with contentment,

though I shouldn’t.

I have everything I need.

except I need…. Continue Reading

The Word of God

Bliss

No sunrise today. Just a gradual un-darkening. How can I find my bliss on a cold-gray-rainy November day? Bliss and November? Don’t belong together. Diametrically opposed… an oxymoron.  … Continue reading

 

Holy Words

Twelve Words Devotional

Peace, Obedience, Gratitude, Joy, Grace, Love, Beauty, Quiet, Prayer, Giving, Receiving, Hope

A word to focus on for every month. Quotes. Scripture. Thoughts. Photos. Musings. Mine. Yours. God’s … Continue reading