What do you expect? #FMF

What do you expect? #FMF
Because I sat at our kitchen table this morning and considered the difference between expectation and expectancy, I'm joining other #FiveMinuteFriday writers for this week's prompt, "Expect." I didn't expect the prompt would be "Expect." (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) Kate Moutaung graciously hosts and picks the word prompt each week. Here is what I wrote, unedited (except I corrected my spelling before I could stop myself), in five minutes: Photo used with permission of Flickr User: Jennifer C. ... [More]

God holds you in mercy and love

God holds you in mercy and love
Writing, however imperfectly, opens me up to experience God's grace in new ways, so I keep writing.   "Falling is part of the journey." —Beatrice Bruteau, The Easter Mysteries   Pink roses nestle in a blue cobalt vase on our kitchen table. Some have shed their petals, pooling in a pink puddle on the table; others hold open blooms close to their heart. Real flowers go through stages; real people change.  Photo used with permission of Flickr User: Gayle Trautman But real ... [More]

To Grow

To Grow
Five Minute Friday is like a booster shot to help me overcome my perfectionism. Kate Moutaung graciously hosts and picks the word prompt for this week: Grow. Here is what I wrote, unedited, in five minutes: Photo used with permission by Flickr CC User:catharticflux GrowTo grow is to fallas much as I avoid itI know if I want to growI must accept falling is part of itand if I want to grow,I must not fear fallingbut accept it thenarise againlike the sun does every morningLike God's steadfast lo... [More]

Joy in serving community

Joy in serving community
Our joy series officially ended, but I've got joy on my brain like the wood chips stuck to our dog Bailey's Velcro-like fur. (Okay, maybe not the best analogy, but you know what I mean.) A few weekends ago, our church partnered with Beautiful Day (for the third year) by spending a weekend serving our community in three different towns (a public school in each respective town) and hosting a BBQ for veterans. A few Sundays ago, Sarah stood and shared how Kay(?), a kindergarten teacher at her scho... [More]

Ten Things I learned in April 2016

Ten Things I learned in April 2016
In no particular order but I share with gratitude a list of quotes, one movie, a video, and a book review: 1. Bono and Eugene Peterson talk about the Psalms and life. (Thanks #FullerStudio) Watch video here of Bono and Peterson's discussion. 2. A different way to see the psalms and prayer: 3. Three tips for reading the Psalms by David Taylor, professor of theology and culture at Fuller Seminary Pay attention to the whole of a psalm, not just to the parts of a psalm. Read the psalms consistentl... [More]