the simplicity of observation

Sitting on the cold garden bench I noticed the hint of green on the brown tapestry of soil. I got closer and saw one of the carrott seeds from the previous season had decided to press through the soil now, six months late. I smiled at the thought of late bloomers. Poor little guy wouldContinue reading “the simplicity of observation”

chasing the sunrise

{five minute friday: sunrise} It was still dark when he pulled his black van into the driveway. I poured the coffee into my cup, pressed on the lid and slipped out the door. My brother and I were becoming sunrise chasers, it seemed. The thought brought a smile to my face. Gratitude filled my heartContinue reading “chasing the sunrise”

3 truths of my designer label

{five minute friday: design} When I look in the mirror these days, I am reminded of the approaching birthday and the extra softness of middle-age. The silver strands in my hair need coloring and the laugh lines are getting deeper. Yet when I choose to tend my thoughts by the Word, I find an allContinue reading “3 truths of my designer label”

five tips for fresh hope

{five minute friday: fresh} Aren’t we all looking for a fresh dose of hope? Even two weeks into a new year and already things feel wearisome, stale and heavy. The new calendar couldn’t offer us much hope. Fresh hope comes only from one Source. We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, andContinue reading “five tips for fresh hope”

3 tips for walking in evil times

{five minute friday: time} These are desperate times! These words from the Message Bible ring true even today. We live in a desperate time in human history, regardless where in the world we find ourselves right now. So much pain, loss and fear inducing events swirl around us. Even with feet firmly planted in Christ,Continue reading “3 tips for walking in evil times”

how to conclude well

{five minute friday: conclude} Everything here has a conclusion. There is an end of the day, end to the year, end to the mortal life. Eventually everything ends. Everything but God and the heavenly realm He fills. The year is ending, finally. But the troubles may not yet be ending. For some they might onlyContinue reading “how to conclude well”

when we don’t feel grateful

{five minute friday: grateful} It’s easy to be grateful when life is going well. When we look around and the bank is full, the bellies are full and the plans are coming to fruition just as we had hoped. Then we can easily give thanks. Or can we? It seems easier to find the lackContinue reading “when we don’t feel grateful”

from grief to dancing

{five minute friday: grief} Grief. The small awkward word seems inadequate for the weight of emotion it bears on one’s soul. It’s defined as a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something that has died, to which a bond of affection was formed. Multifaceted response indeed. As a six-year-old littleContinue reading “from grief to dancing”