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]

Tell Your Heart to Beat Again -10

Tell Your Heart to Beat Again -10
Dear Friends, Thank you for joining me as we've explored the topic of biblical joy together. As we wrap up, our joy mentors Sara Frankl, Kay Warren, and the apostle Paul all testify: we find our ultimate joy in the faithful presence of our loving God. When we learn we have cancer, or our spouse wants to leave us, or we lose our job, or a loved one dies, or we battle a chronic condition, we don't suffer alone. And if we're mad at God, He can handle it. God can handle whatever messy emotions we hu... [More]