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

the whole earth is filled, and so am I

sun lighting up a field of weeds

Last weekend, I went to a writer’s conference, a 3-hour drive from home. I arrived at my hotel a bit before sunset, and having spent the entire day indoors or on the road, I decided to sit outside and enjoy what sun was left before checking in. Next to the hotel was this field of … Read morethe whole earth is filled, and so am I

for the recovering perfectionist

blackout poem; would perfection be enough?

Making a blackout poem is totally different from every other form of creativity I’ve practiced. When I sit down, I have no notion of what the topic will be or where the words will take me. When I made this blackout poem and these words surfaced, I thought, huh! Working on it. My brand of … Read morefor the recovering perfectionist

thirst is our ally

blackout poem; the secret is to stay and call it holy ground.

When we find ourselves in hard seasons or times of being acutely aware of our weakness, our first instinct is to run, to avoid, to end it as quickly as possible. I’m slowly, slowly learning that if we let it, these seasons can instead be something that presses us nearer to God. “God calls us … Read morethirst is our ally