A Lenten Surrender

They made the bronze basin and its bronze stand from the mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. Exodus 38:8 NIV     Have you ever read a Scripture, and realized that the words you've seen time after time have never really impacted you?  I felt that shock … Continue reading A Lenten Surrender

A New Heart

  "Jesus calls us; o'er the tumult Of our life's wild, restless sea, Day by day His sweet voice soundeth, Saying, 'Christian, follow Me.'"  --from the hymn by Cecil Alexander, 1852 When you find yourself in an unexpected season, how do you react? I have found myself taking up both hardness and surrender, with a … Continue reading A New Heart

Day 24: Listen for Instructions

Have you ever felt that nothing you are doingis making any difference?Perhaps you have felt that you are doing everythingyou know to do,and yet the results have turned outfar below your expectations?  Or, what if you are in the place where nothing makes senseand there seems to be nowhereto turn for any answer? You are not alone, … Continue reading Day 24: Listen for Instructions

Go Out With Joy

Isaiah 55:1212 years . . . That's how long we've lived in Wisconsin.First-time home-owners.My husband joined in with the scores of suburban commuters, on that long-ago day in August, 2004. You see, for the other 26 years of our marriage, we often lived on the edge.  College gave way to Children's Pastoring which gave way to … Continue reading Go Out With Joy

The Garden That Was

Last week my husband helped to transplant this clematis before it succumbs to the shovel of the Landscapers tearing out its old home. And so,the clematis has moved again.  Yes, this is the same clematis, from  this post.   I had told the story about the unhealthy rose roots that had to be removed, so that … Continue reading The Garden That Was