Rain Psalm

He covers the heavens with clouds, provides rain for the earth, and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures. — Psalm 147:8 A hesitant spatter builds  to an open deluge,  our backyard transforms into a temporary  swamp, and the water-  collecting barrels overflow, rivulets running down and over, a casacading reminder of plenty, and IContinue reading “Rain Psalm”

Daffodil Prayers

“Daffodils, that come before the swallow dares, and take the winds of March with beauty.” — William Shakespeare. I wondered at the vibrant yellow, the rich saturation of this bowing daffodil, the happy hue  of a fluted bloom that greeted  me this morning, It seemed the sun had poured in its warmth, filled it  withContinue reading “Daffodil Prayers”

Putting Away

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. —1 Corinthians 13:11, NLT These last few days, putting away the tree, finding a place for every new trinket and gift, clearing  out some things well past  their usefulness, taking longContinue reading “Putting Away”

Every Provision

While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tinyContinue reading “Every Provision”

A Welcome Surrender

I turned and saw this tree sprawled  against a clouded sky, a stark contrast of autumnal browns against the vibrant blue and white — when I let myself really see the beauty in this world, each moment becomes vital and humbling, the leaves in the final stage before falling, re-turning into the soil, the sunContinue reading “A Welcome Surrender”

Grace Rolling in Like Waves

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul. — Horatio G. Spafford, 1873 There are those moments  when you bathe in humility,  not the kind that stings because you are embarrassed,Continue reading “Grace Rolling in Like Waves”

Thorns in Our Flesh

Moses stumbled in his speech, a cry of I can’t raised before God, and I relate well to that doubting demeanor; I carry my own why-not and not-me reasons, a quiver of debate strapped to my back, my sharp defenses pulled taunt and shot from a distance, but God doesn’t ask for our excuses, justContinue reading “Thorns in Our Flesh”

Soli Deo Gloria

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. –Ephesians 1:3, NLT If my soul could be set in staff, the notes and rhythms of my heart recorded just when the stings of emotion pullContinue reading “Soli Deo Gloria”

This Joy

This joy pushes at my skin, leaves my heart fluttering  in breathless wonder — I am allowed to create; so, may I write in humility,  a beautiful lowliness,  the recognition that I am  a created being guarded  by the Almighty, shaped by His hands, safe in His arms, one through Jesus. I am overwhelmed byContinue reading “This Joy”