On our way to a new destination a few weeks ago, we noticed a billboard across from where we had stopped at a red light. Sponsored by JewBelong, it read: “So you eat bacon? God has other things to worry about.” It made us laugh, and I appreciated the message of grace. We all do, … Continue reading What’s Your Message?
The Friday before the Monday C19 left for college out-of-state, neighbors we hadn't met posted on social media that they were giving away a full-size bed, a few years old with limited wear-and-tear, with an almost-new mattress. Free. That morning, C19 had awoken in the twin-over-full bunk beds he'd had since childhood. We asked if he'd … Continue reading Overflow
With Thanksgiving only days away, I am thinking about gratitude, grace, and the state of my heart. Many of us were taught to ‘say grace’ at the dinner table. Something like: Thank you, God, for the world so sweet Thank you, God, for the food we eat Thank you, God, for the birds that sing … Continue reading Speak Grace
Oh friends, how I have needed the words and wisdom of this post...! Even for those who don't think of themselves as Creatives, our very lives are adventures we have the privilege to create. Ann yearns to cheer-lead and encourage, and I'm certain others also need the cool refreshment she's offering, the gentle nudge to … Continue reading Forward
Imagine the scene: a little girl, about four years old, wispy white-blond curls hanging to her shoulders, plays in her mother's room while Mom takes a shower. She wanders over to the nightstand and gently slides open the drawer. Inside she spies her mother's jewelry. Entranced, she picks up an earring, gold inset with a pearl. … Continue reading Releasing Our Guilt: Confession
Hope. What is it, even? Does it make any difference? I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight... But hope is more than wishing. Hope is expectancy, pregnant with anticipated reality. Hope gives us strength to muster on, to slog through the daily reality, harsh as it some days may be. … Continue reading Hope Has Come