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01 March 2017 @ 11:38 am
This morning I woke up to realize that today is Ash Wednesday the beginning of the Lenten season.

What if instead of tinkering with the possibility of being overcome with temptation through giving up chocolate, bread, meat or some other inconsequential item for Lent, what if we dug deeper...like bone marrow deeper.

What if we gave up being critical, judgemental, shaming, ect. towards our spouse, kids, the people we claim to love, to our neighbors, or strangers and even to ourselves. What if we dared to give up the stuff of bondage....for 40 days.

The Lenten season is a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.
19 July 2016 @ 06:38 pm
Return unto Me; for lo, I have sought after thee.
06 June 2015 @ 04:45 pm

This is what it means to me to live a life of faith in the Trinity. Soli Deo Gloria

"Through the medium of prayer we go to our enemy, stand by his side, and plead for him to God. Jesus does not promise that when we bless our enemies and do good to them they will not despitefully use us and persecute us. They certainly will. But not even that can hurt or overcome us, so long as we pray for them. For if we pray for them, we are taking their distress and poverty, their guilt and perdition upon ourselves, and pleading to God for them. We are doing vicariously for them what they cannot do for themselves. Every insult they utter only serves to bind us more closely to God and them. Their persecution of us only serves to bring them nearer to reconciliation with God and to further triumphs of love."

-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Current Mood: thankfulthankful
30 May 2015 @ 02:28 am
Staying up late is becoming a habit.
A habit that leaves me feeling indulgent.

Sitting here listening to a random mix of songs.
It's almost 2:00 a.m. and sleep is nowhere to be found.

Even though I'm not alone in our home
The stillness of the hour makes it seem as if I am.

And that is okay...more than okay.
Current Mood: thankfulthankful
Current Music: Crazy Love ~ Mindy Gledhill
30 May 2015 @ 01:54 am
A cold afternoon in the city...warmed by a long black cashmere coat
I walked right past someone squating against a brick wall

Someone artistic

Several steps past I felt a handful of dollars in my pocket
So I turned around and went back

I suppose I was thinking I'd do the right thing
Figuring out what to say along the way
My steps drew me closer but didn't prepare me

I held out the money and was met with a look that communicated clearly...
What are you thinking? I don't want your money! No, not just like that.

Stunned...I noticed the cardboard box between us.
Little items laid upon it. Priced individually.

To my dismay...I couldn't afford any of them.

Not a single one.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Almost Lover ~ A Fine Frenzy
28 February 2015 @ 10:40 am
So I'm standing in the kitchen washing the dishes when this very simple thought occurs to me...I'm no longer the tortured soul that I was many years back.  It stands to reason that wishing to write as I once did just doesn't make sense.  My place in life has changed and therefore so has my perspective.  I've been delivered, healed, set free and it is from this place that I must learn to trust myself and once again express myself.
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: Jennifer Knapp
28 January 2015 @ 04:52 pm
There is a beauty that lays beneath the surface of the day to day
There just between the know-how and the wonder-awe
Like soft filtered light that inspires it draws itself upon the moment
Gently presuading one to allow a step of faith
Beyond contemplation into reality
17 May 2014 @ 10:46 am
joy for me is.... the visual of my husband under the hood...all greasy...wearing a white t-shirt and levi's....happy.  my son still sleeping at 10:30 a.m., simply because he is 18 and this is a rarity during these restless years of his young manhood.  my daughter working on her english thesis and asking me if I'd read it over....enjoying dark chocolate laceys for breakfast...and looking forward to a date later today.  the sound of a cool spring breeze rustling the trees and the warmth of the sunshine coming through the bedroom window....watching my two bully's resting in the glow of the sunrays with a stuffed crocodile between them. the sound of laughter...a really good cup of coffee...listening to great music...smiling genuinely with the look of inner joy... Thank you, Lord!
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Melt Into You ~ Sara Haze