What We Say

“A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.” – Anonymous Words shape  our moments as we move  from one conversation to the next,  inspiring or deflating,  so why do  we waste them or use them  as weapons? Speak peace that clings like a pleasant fragrance, inviting all within hearing toContinue reading “What We Say”

Present

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. – Camille Pissarro Tiny bouquets at my feet, just when I need them, these leaf-wrapped offerings from nature await, but to enjoy this miniature gift of beauty, I must  be willing to do something extraordinary — stop, bend down, holdContinue reading “Present”

Notes of Santa Fe

The bells began, the clouds rolled in, the rain-cooled breezes moved along the adobe walls, drifting around, swirling down through the sprawling conifers, and everything seemed to pause, accept this moment’s reprieve  from the high-noon sun,  and we found a bench,  surrendered ourselves  to contemplation, heeding the notes of peace in the rhythmic ways ofContinue reading “Notes of Santa Fe”

Haven

Like palm groves that stretch afar, like gardens beside a river, like aloes that the Lord has planted,  like cedar trees beside the waters. — Numbers 24:6, ESV A tree whispered as I passed by reminding me of his cool, green shade, the far- reaching branches, that filter our air, the canopy  that provides shelterContinue reading “Haven”

Outside My Window

A blur of fenceposts and wildflowers,  miles of mesquite and blooming cactus, fields in every hue of grass — lime, forrest, and deepening into a far blue-green sea, a hill rolling like a wave into the cloud-lined horizon, and while I look forward to arriving at our weekend  destination, I find such a distilled peaceContinue reading “Outside My Window”

Lessons

Resting in the blessings  of today,  staying present  even in an uncomfortable  season, accepting  life as is  with all the drama, balancing the pain  with the joy  that radiates  in our hearts  when we allow  peace to be our sounding  board, reverberating back lessons  of love that walk with us into the unknowns that mayContinue reading “Lessons”

“Olden Times and Ancient Rhymes”

“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” — Luke 1:78-79, NLT There is this melancholy air during the holidays… that bittersweet nostalgia,Continue reading ““Olden Times and Ancient Rhymes””

Elegant Bloom

A friend sent me these photos of an elegant bloom hanging in air, a little speck of bedecked  petals hovering above the blossoming garden like a hummingbird seeking her fair portion of pollen. There is such rare beauty we walk past, over, through each day, but we too often  fail to pause and take aContinue reading “Elegant Bloom”