Is the joy of the Lord your strength? – 5

Dolly Lee Joy Series, Songs

Based on your comments on “Two ways to be present to joy,” I wrote this post. Joy isn’t only for weddings, friends laughing and babies smiling. Joy is also for when your heart feels so heavy it may capsize or when you’re living minute-by-minute and life feels tenuous. Joy is also for when your laptop crashes before a deadline or …

Merry Christmas (& a song)

Dolly Lee Songs

Dear Friends, Merry Christmas! Praying the fullness of Christmas joy of be yours today and in the coming year. “But the angel said to them [shepherds*], ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’” – Luke 2:10 NIV Great joy! And I’m relieved it is for “all the people,” and …

A song of hope if you’re weary -6

Dolly Lee Hope Series, Songs

Welcome to the 6th Post of our Hope Series. “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly – Buckminster Fuller Maybe your day or week made your shoulders slump and your bones ache. Or maybe a triggering incident ripped open an old wound, you thought was healed (or at least not bleeding). Or …

Songs for your grace journey – 7

Dolly Lee Grace Series, Songs

This is the 7th and final post in my Grace Series. The Grace Series was inspired by how God broke me then restored me in unexpected ways during the Jumping Tandem Retreat. These two songs by Plumb reveal God’s grace available to us when we feel needy. I like how she moves to a place of freedom as her songs …

Let Grace Begin Series-1

Dolly Lee Grace Series, Songs

Last weekend, God gifted me with time at The Jumping Tandem Retreat where Deidra Riggs (chief instigator extraordinaire) exemplified its theme: Grace. I did not jump out of a plane as two friends asked (Really?). But I did jump off a telephone pole (while harnessed) to touch a hanging ball, an unplanned first. And I jumped into God’s arms of …

Renew 7: A song for your Saturday

Dolly Lee Songs

This is the 7th post in the series on renewing your mind (Rom. 12:2) with truth. I write to remind myself and I pray it encourages you. I recently discovered The Rend Collective and I’m smitten. Dear subscribers: This is day 6 of 7 days blogging as part of the #YourTurnChallenge then I return to my twice a week schedule …

Sometimes trust is a tender green seedling

Dolly Lee Songs

Welcome to the sixth post in our trust series. I use “our” because I learn from your comments. Thank you.   Photo used with permission of Flickr CC User: Robert Payne Sometimes trust isn’t shiny like polished silver. Sometimes trust is like a tender green seedling pushing out of dark earth. Sometimes trust looks like a person teetering at a …

You are not alone (a song) & a visit to…

Dolly Lee Songs

I know some of you are going through deep waters right now. Praying this song comforts and encourages you: “I Am Not Alone” sung by Kari Jobe “When I walk through deep waters I know that You will be with me When I’m standing in the fire I will not be overcome Through the valley of the shadow I will …

On being open & unexpected gifts

Dolly Lee Songs

Earlier, I shared how we met three river otters on the Big River, Mendocino during vacation. But river otters were not the only creatures, our family observed. After we rowed about a half hour, we heard loud prehistoric groaning or a cackling sound reverberate and break the silence of a quiet morning. It’s hard to describe the sound as we’d …

Ellie and Drew Holcomb sing “The Valley” live at Laity Lodge

Dolly Lee Songs

Photo used with permission of Flickr Creative Commons User:Photo used with permission of Flickr Creative Commons User:Mike Baird   Here is a video of Ellie Holcomb singing “The Valley” with her husband Drew on guitar. David Rupert captured this moment at Laity Lodge, Texas. (I still can’t believe I was there, because of an unexpected grace gift, this past October…pinch …