when the back road is the right road

hazy back road

The road of obedience often runs through back roads that look nothing like success, where no one in the visible world is applauding.  The Lord doesn’t require us to succeed where we’re sent: only that we serve where we’re sent. We supply the service: the success is God’s to define, and to fulfill, when and as … Read morewhen the back road is the right road

slow down for beauty

sedum, close up

You might miss these tiny rosy spikes of sedum if you walked by too quickly. In the winter garden, you’ve got to really look to find color and life: slow down, look under dead leaves, lean in close. But that makes it all the more beautiful.  My mom would have been 90 this month. Alzheimer’s … Read moreslow down for beauty

hollow and broken places

“It is in winter that trees reveal what they most truly are….. the wounds that trees have suffered in their lives, hollow places, and the decay.” – Allen Lacy, Farther Afield “I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past.” – Atticus “The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” – … Read morehollow and broken places

there will be broken glass

Poem: There will be broken glass. With it, you can slit your wrists, or hang it in the last sliver of light and bathe in rainbows. Choice is yours. - b.

This was timely for me, this lovely, profound poem by @sometimesphoenix.* A few days ago, I experienced something that felt like failure. And honestly, I let it sting, for about the first 12 hours. The next morning, I sat down with the Word and my journal, and looked straight at it. I began to see … Read morethere will be broken glass

clearing your head

yellow leaves on deck

How often do we need to renew our minds? I was thinking about this yesterday while sweeping our deck. There are a couple mature trees near our deck, and their branches hover over the deck. They provide lovely shade — but also leaves. If I don’t keep the deck swept, leaves get tracked into the … Read moreclearing your head

love notes you missed

R.S.V.P.

Every day, I leave gifts and love notes for you: “Isn’t this amazing? I knew you’d like it!” “I made this for you – enjoy!” // Sometimes, I send a message through someone else. A friend, a co-worker – even people you don’t know. “You’re doing a great job!” “Slow down a little. Take care … Read morelove notes you missed