Advent Blessings

I have been so very blessed by all of the prayers, Scriptures, songs, and words of encouragement that have been shared with me this last week. God overwhelmed me in the middle of hard places. Jesus met me with Spirit-led gifts, and they were perfect examples of what Advent is really all about.     … Continue reading Advent Blessings

Endless Lack or Holy Fullness?

When the Doctor said "have patience" again, I felt that my life was in Re-run phase.   When the doubts rolled in like November clouds, I saw my heart settling in to the fog.   When the pain flowed in and trickled out, I heard my soul losing the song.   But when Jesus stepped … Continue reading Endless Lack or Holy Fullness?

song in the storm

Song in the Storm Rain flows on the roof Stilling my anxious thoughts from Spinning through the pain Thunder rolls above Lightning flashes my soul from Sleeping in the dark   Spirit wakens me Revealing in the storm from Thanksgiving my song. --bg   At midnight I rise to give you thanks     for your righteous … Continue reading song in the storm

Have Mercy on me Oh God

From the middle of the storm, a poem was birthed. The words are few but given for any who wonder at the waves they face. His compassion pours forth, and OH! His love comes rushing when each child calls.   Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great … Continue reading Have Mercy on me Oh God

Drops of Creativity

Are you a creative person?  I have some friends who are unbelievably creative, and they find such beautiful expressions for the deep heart that lies within them.  I also have some friends who say that they don't have a creative bone in them.  But I don't believe it. I think that sometimes we look around … Continue reading Drops of Creativity

Mercy in the Withering

  At the back edge of my daughter's yard there stands a gnarled, withered old apple tree. When I spent several days with her last week, I found myself drawn to this tree each morning.  It was the aging of the fruit scattered on the ground and the withering of the leaves that felt familiar … Continue reading Mercy in the Withering

The Blessing of Friendship

      "There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."  Proverbs 18:24 NIV   For the last few weeks I have been part of an inspiring "Poetry as Therapy Online Retreat" sent out by Jenneth Graser of The Secret Place.  If you would like to check it out, there's still time to … Continue reading The Blessing of Friendship

Remember: A Mama’s Memories

    We have a favorite story that usually gets shared at least once a year in our family gatherings. Even though our children were all young when it happened, (in fact our daughter wasn't even born yet,) each one could probably repeat the story verbatim now, since they've heard it throughout their growing-up years. … Continue reading Remember: A Mama’s Memories

His Ways Are So High

Just when we thought spring was finally on its way, our tricky Midwestern weather decided it needed another backwards dance with ice and snow.   My heart can sometimes feel that backwards pull.  Maybe yours does also?   After decades of praying for relief for my husband's chronic knee injury, when the actual surgery for … Continue reading His Ways Are So High