8 Things I learned in May 2016

8 Things I learned in May 2016
Podcasts, a movie, a book, writing advice from William Safire and a webisode are some of this month's finds: 1. If you want pansies to self-sow and produce glorious purple color from fall into mid-spring in a pot, give them enough water. I used to think they didn't last very long but now I know it is because they didn't receive enough water. 2. I highly recommend Terry Gross's interview of Nancy Jo Sales, author of American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. "The whole idea ... [More]

A Prayer to Live Awake

A Prayer to Live Awake
To live wide awake is not about finding a way around the suffering or difficulties in life. It is stepping into the life God has for you. To live fully is not contingent on how long we live. Or even any of the measures we commonly use to measure success. —Erwin McManus, Wide Awake, 115.     Photo used with permission of Flickr User: JeffreyW Dear God, We praise you because you created us with great love and care. Regardless of our birth circumstances, we are not mistakes or acc... [More]

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]