and I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t known before.

It was Sunday afternoon. I was in "my" room. The living room. Looking out the window that spans nearly an entire wall, hypnotically watching a baby squirrel chowing down on the suet in the birdfeeder. I call it "my" room because it's lined with a 12 foot wide by 7 foot high wall of 12x12 … Continue reading and I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t known before.

whatever may pass and whatever lies before me.

Sunday evening. Easter Sunday. I was sitting at the kitchen table, focused on my laptop. PinkGirl came over and turned my chair sideways so she could curl up on my lap and lay her head on my shoulder. "Mom? How can I find joy in God?" wow. 13 years old. Immediately, I prayed. "Lord, is … Continue reading whatever may pass and whatever lies before me.

The lying tempter would persuade.

Maybe it's the chaos in my house. or the chaos of the last year and a half. or the abundance of time I've had to think about the chaos of the last year and a half while I'm attending to the mindless task of shoveling the chaos in my house... maybe I'm just tired. or … Continue reading The lying tempter would persuade.

four minutes with God: in the dark, surrounded by trees.

a Quote: "A friend of mine is a singer. From time to time she goes to record vocal tracks at a studio here in town. One evening she went and she was in a different room than she had ever been in before. In a studio, there is always some form of sound absorbing material, … Continue reading four minutes with God: in the dark, surrounded by trees.

the positive impact of negative feedback.

I've known for a very long time that I'm different. Not "better" different. Because, really, "better" is relative. Better than what? The comparisons are limitless. and I'm thinking at least 50% of them wouldn't be pretty. "Different" can imply too much trouble. too much work. weird. tiresome. exasperating. I don't deny those adjectives. They're not … Continue reading the positive impact of negative feedback.

idences.

specifically, providence and coincidence. providence: capitalized : God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny coincidence: the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection I can't ever remember believing in coincidences. My husband on the other hand, is a big believer in them. … Continue reading idences.

the dark night.

and no. I'm not talking about Holy DARK KNIGHT, Batman. I had never even heard about the dark night until I started reading about finding joy and delight in God, spiritual dryness, spiritual darkness and the silence of God. I first stumbled upon the term while reading "Prayer" by Philip Yancey. He said: "I take … Continue reading the dark night.

two steps forward. one step back.

If you read my last post, "growing pains" you know I've been having trouble seeing God's hand in my life over the last few months. God has been silent. When I first became aware of the silence, I immediately assumed sin was separating me from God. I confessed all the sin I could identify. I … Continue reading two steps forward. one step back.

four minutes with God: 2 Chronicles 5:13-14

a Quote: "...what I testify to is the power of visual art, and especially music...They have the potential to awaken the mind and heart to aspects of God's glory that were not perceived before. Paintings or photographs of mountains and streams can call forth a sense of wonder and peace. If we are willing to … Continue reading four minutes with God: 2 Chronicles 5:13-14