Nothing will tempt us toward self-focus like a much-in-need moment. I know this because I know my own tendencies. Hardship comes and I go into full-throttle action. Objective Number One: Take care of me. When it comes right down to … Continue reading
It’s a new week and I could not be happier to say goodbye to the previous two. July ended with all kinds of angst. From Colorado’s tragedy, to the spilling of the blogosphere applecart, to family pain, and a husband’s … Continue reading
There’s no un-reading what you wished you hadn’t read. I really, really, really wish that I had not read this today by Doug Wilson. It was his response to Rachel Held Evans about this. I wasn’t going to say anything about … Continue reading
O God, you are our refuge.
When we are exhausted by life’s efforts;
When we are bewildered by life’s problems;
When we are wounded by life’s sorrows;
We come for refuge to you.
O God, you are our strength.
When our tasks are beyond our powers;
When our temptations are too strong for us;
When duty calls for more than we have to give it;
We come for strength to you.
O God, it is from you that all goodness comes.
It is from you that our ideals come;
It is from you that there comes to us the spur of high desire and the restraint of conscience,
It is from you that there has come the strength to resist temptation,
and to do any good thing.
And now as we pray to you,
Help us to believe in your love,
so that we may be certain that you will hear our prayer;
Help us to believe in your power,
so that we may be certain that you are able to do for us above all that we ask or think;
Help us to believe in your wisdom,
so that we may be certain that you will answer,
not as our ignorance asks,
but as your perfect wisdom knows best.
All this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
~William Barclay, from A Barclay Prayer Book
No-Filter Friday: The 24-hour period every week when my thought bubble gets to express itself…sans editing. You know, sometimes we just need to say it; let our words be playful, light, and unscripted. Fridays are about friends, some who are … Continue reading
Here’s a simple truth: Waiting is a most difficult thing to do. Increase the uncertainty of the outcome, and waiting is even harder to do. Today I face a fairly good chunk of discouragement. It seems that a conversation hasn’t … Continue reading
“Instructions for living a life:
Tell about it.”
We all see different things and discover beauty hidden under things that other’s miss. It’s why we must tell what we see and what captivates our wonder. Someone…that you know…couldn’t see past their darkness to gaze on light. Someone…that you know…can’t imagine that there is anything worth waking up from slumber for? They need to borrow hope from your view. Tell your story. Describe the beauty and goodness and truth you found in your day. It might just be the very story they need to hear to help them believe that tomorrow can, and by God’s grace will be different than today.
Then give thanks to God that you have eyes to see, and a heart to be astonished, and a voice to tell about it.
What did you notice today? How were you wowed? Who can you tell?
Broken Buried in a mighty forest Is a valley where a mild River moveth over burnished, Copper-colored rock; and wild, Plumed pandanus, tall tree fern, Wealth of climbing maidenhair– Light flung, rioting everywhere– Deck the banks of this, my burn. … Continue reading
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Memoirs–those stories that belong to other people, but are generously shared. I personally love memoirs–in all their varieties. It’s a gift to be invited in to share someone else’s thoughts, dreams, and disappointments. Memoirs are brave and bold–whether told in … Continue reading