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...
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
This is a sermon I’ve been writing to myself. It may not apply to you. Just saying… Silly me. I thought at my advanced age, lessons in life were already learned. I’m old enough now to be the one offering sage advice rather than stressing over just what this lesson is supposed to teach me. … Continue reading
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
Rays from the sun.
Azure, Vermillion, Lavender, Dun
Every shade, every hue – gritty gray, brilliant blue … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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 of Spring is here
buried under the snow of February.
The earth awakens from sleep.
Just as Jesus can awaken the…
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
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
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
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
i have a friend who has demons in his head… Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
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 — 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
My word for 2015 is content.
I struggle with contentment,
though I shouldn’t.
I have everything I need.
except I need…. Continue Reading
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
We used to jokingly call him King Henry The First. He died on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, a cat’s life, well lived. I never felt right feeding birds while he was around; scattered bird seed was limited to very heavy snows when Henry was kept inside…. Continue reading
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