A Remnant of Weeds

"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." --Ralph Waldo Emerson Four years ago this spring, I had just tipped my feet into the waters of blogging. I had just begun to accept this journey with chronic illness, and I was just starting down the road of letting my garden … Continue reading A Remnant of Weeds

He is Always on Time

my crown-of-thorns plant "Thorns" I see the thorn-bush set in my path And I ponder the way ahead Can I make my way cleanly around Or must I offer my arms to be torn in the passing? I look for tools to cut away the brambles And I find them waiting for my use Can … Continue reading He is Always on Time

WITH-ness: A New Word

A memory flooded to the surface recently. I had been praying for release to be able to share my #OneWord for this New Year. Every time I began a post, I heard the whisper, "Not yet, you'll know when it's time." And so I waited. Others were posting their words for the year, and I … Continue reading WITH-ness: A New Word

The Gardener Plants

    Sitting around the table with a few of my loved ones, the conversation had shifted to the gardens around our homes. As my friend's suffering eyes transformed with a glow when she described her home, I heard myself speaking an answer,   "You've planted your soul in the ground of that place."   … Continue reading The Gardener Plants

Is Your Song Waning?

Last week my husband and I took a short drive to our favorite spot on the lake to test out my new wheelchair on the short paved path there. Tears came as he pushed me past the late-season wildflowers.  I've not been able to get outside on that path all summer, and it felt so … Continue reading Is Your Song Waning?

August Simple Woman’s Daybook

For today, August 6, 2019 I am joining in with Peggy Hostetler of The Simple Woman’s Daybook, who has provided the template for this glimpse into our days. Her link is live throughout the month for anyone who wants to participate. Come along with me as I journey through my moments, looking for traces of … Continue reading August Simple Woman’s Daybook

Grounding and Nourishing

Always it’s the ground that draws my heart to reflect on growing. The sky calls to my dreams, but it’s the soil that brings me back to the parables that Jesus spoke, to the sheep and their grazing, to the rains falling on the dry ground.   One of my newer yet old forms of … Continue reading Grounding and Nourishing

A gift of waiting part 2

  The days of waiting continue.   The burdens for those I love grow heavier. The withdrawal from the Prednisone grows harder to bear in my body. And the cry for "Mercy, Lord Jesus!" echoes in my heart today with these simple words.     Thick rustles cover song almost breathing but tendril was sweet … Continue reading A gift of waiting part 2

God in the Garden

    A few weeks ago, I began a writing course with Flourish Writers, called "The Power of Story." Part of the exercises of looking for God in our own stories has been to write our Personal Timeline, marking both the negative and positive experiences. As my friend, Anna Smit, and I have been sharing … Continue reading God in the Garden