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crowding out fear

crowding out fear

i am learning that fear attempts to hunt you down and find you. if it’s not self perpetuated, it will creatively find a name, a face, an organization, a situation- and it will begin to stalk us, it’s prey. HOWEVER…I also know that God will not take his eyes off of me-that there is hope...
snowglobe

snowglobe

a stirring. a rumbling. there is movement swirling around me- i can feel it. this upcoming trip to Bethel feels like a pilgrimage to my soul, part of a much bigger calling than i have yet to grab hold of. no wonder all hell threatens to break loose right before this type of inspiration, this...
circle making

circle making

people have always commented throughout my life about the way i love others, with a full heart and an openness that few possess. they tell me it’s one of my greatest gifts for this world. while i appreciate this and strive for more love and healing upon the world and the lives around me, i...
diamonds in the dust

diamonds in the dust

oh beloved soul the desert was hard on you figuratively and literally, emotionally and spiritually. what could be seen reported discouragement like the barren and parched land of your travels, but what you had not yet seen were the diamonds in the desert… (my journal entry this morning) we went away this past week, to...
loving the thread

loving the thread

i began hand stitching another garment this past week, a project that is most dear to my heart that a close friend introduced me to a couple of year ago. we work on crafting our pieces both together and apart from each other when we return to our respective homes. these labors of love continue...
the way of the heart

the way of the heart

picked up a worn and dogeared copy of Henri Nouwen’s The Way Of The Heart at the used bookstore, which is the perfect little companion for preparing my mind for a solitude retreat i’ve decided to embark on this coming week. Nouwen recounts the story told about Abba Arsenius, a well educated Roman centuries ago,...
deeper still

deeper still

it’s nothing short of amazing how much changes in a year. i happened upon an writing entry in my journal from a year ago dated february 9, 2016. what astonishes me is that we are in such a breathable space this time for the first time in our whole marriage, which is going on twelve...
dreams for sale

dreams for sale

someone wanted to buy my dream today. i’ve spent the past two years with content (that I know without a doubt that was downloaded divinely to me) just rolling around mostly in my brain. to be fair, i do have a few chapters that have made it down in written form, so it has been...
love wins

love wins

charlotte was anything but beautiful. at least in the according to typical western american standards. with closely shaved ethnic hair, drool running from her mouth and eyes rolled back into her head while bobbing around in her wheelchair, Victor, also mentally challenged and wheelchair bound, kept complimenting her on how beautiful she was. his slow...
steady feet

steady feet

grace and mercy. grace and mercy. what a theme this has been for me the past year and a half. as this 2016 year comes to an ending, i cannot help but fall down upon my knees in reverent gratitude for the wonders and miracle workings i have seen time and time again in the...
Feet off the ground

Feet off the ground

drifting off to sleep last night, i was vividly taken back to a time where i was around 8 or 9 years old. i was riding my beloved pink schwinn bicycle down our street, it’s familiar details of the white rubber grips on the handlebars standing out in particular to me, instantly returning to the...
shame

shame

“Grace transforms our failings full of dread into abundant, endless comfort … our failings full of shame into a noble, glorious rising … our dying full of sorrow into holy, blissful life. …. Just as our contrariness here on earth brings us pain, shame and sorrow, so grace brings us surpassing comfort, glory, and bliss...