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Spiritual Disciplines, TSE

Exercise Daily

Shaky fingers type these words. Sweat beads on my forehead, drips down my back, shirt sticking. My chest pounds with racing heart. It all may seem a bit…ridiculous. Each morning,…

Faith, Love, Peace, Spiritual Disciplines, Worship

Easy

Life is so hard. And so surprisingly easy. Abide. That is it. One word. Starts with the first letter of the alphabet: A. Four more simple letters. All I have…

Gratitude

I am out of my league. So many of the women who have mentored and sharpened and encouraged me are nominees here: I am absolutely baffled, and profoundly humbled, to…

Family, Freeze Frame, Gratitude

On the last day of January…

It was only a few minutes, the fading, gilded-in-gold ones before twilight, on the last day of January. But living—the real kind—needn’t take long nor pay any mind to calendars,…

CWO, Family, Homeschooling, Love

Herein is Love

Hanging the streamers, heart cut-outs and doilies from the ceiling for our annual Valentine’s party, Joshua steals the tape from Caleb, Hope shoves Levi for taking the heart she wanted…

TSE

Old Ways

an excerpt: I want old ways. Simple ways. Christ ways. I know I want to create a place of prayer right here. I know I want to live like the…

Gift List, Gratitude, Morning Gathering, Quotes, Worship

I know

This has been one of our Morning Gathering poems this past week. The line keeps lilting softly throughout my hours: “Who kissed you through the dark, dear guesser?”I don’t have…

Gift List, Gratitude

He is Near: Give Thanks

“We give thanks because You are near.” ~ Psalm 75:1 741.the cool of Gatorade on parched throats742. Tylenol to douse fever’s flames743. Crisp sheets sliding over aching bones744. Soft mattress,…

Prayer, Quotes, Worship

The Psalms: Talking to God

“I will meditate on all thy work,and muse on thy mighty deeds.Thy way, O God, is holy.What god is great like our God?” ~Ps. 77:12-13 “Our habit is to talk…

Freeze Frame, Peace, writing

With Great Care

I am lost. Does anyone know the way home from here?Maybe I have the map all turned around?None of this looks familiar, expected.Which way to turn? Which direction? Which decision?Helplessly,…

Quotes, Spiritual Disciplines, Worship

All is Grace

“As swimmers dareto lie face to the skyand water bears them, as hawks rest upon airand air sustains them, so would I learn to attainfreefall, and floatinto Creator Spirit’s deep…

Homemaking, Homeschooling, Peace, Refiner's Fire, TSE

Peace isn’t a place…

Peace isn’t a place we live in. The house—and me—spins: laundry, school lessons, library books, basketball games, bills, phone calls, meals, dishes, women’s Bible Studies, diapers. Too often, I am…

Quotes, Refiner's Fire

Remember when Fear

cramps your heart what I told you:lie gently and wide to the light-yearstars, lie back, and the sea will hold you.” ~Philip Booth, First [Swimming] Lessons Lord, I will not…

TSE

The Sacred Everyday: The Gathering Room

Over at The Sacred Everyday: A gathering place to share and listen and wrestle and work it down about your Sacred Everyday. Let the barista serve your a cup, put…

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