Bring Beauty

My favorite craft retailer had a sale last week. A felt kit I've been eyeing for months was finally discounted, and it landed in my cart quickly after that. I was trying not to buy anything because it's one more thing to pack, but crafts were my exception. Somehow during this season of chaos, I've … Continue reading Bring Beauty

Storm in the Night

A few weeks ago, I woke to the wind pounding at my window, begging for refuge from the storm that held it captive. It howled in a mournful tune as the rain pelted the house. Although I've seen many storms before, this one reminded me of a storm eleven years ago. That storm sent four … Continue reading Storm in the Night

Steady

Inspired by the song Steady by For King & Country. You're my true north when I'm headed south My constant solid ground You are my lantern in the night When I'm twisted up and shaken You're the one I put my faith in Yeah, you're the reason I survive Last fall I was rocking a … Continue reading Steady

Shine Your Light

I wrote this song in high school when I was fearless in my faith and boundless in my dreams. I wanted to make a difference in this world for Jesus more than anything. But I also had one particular concern. Public speaking terrified me. Being in a public speaking class that year only intensified things. … Continue reading Shine Your Light

Faith is the Pierless Bridge

Inspired by the poem Faith — is the Pierless Bridge by Emily Dickinson. There was a picture of a bridge in that open room. It hung off to the side on a wall painted red. The bridge appeared old, made of frayed rope and shaky knots. There were no supports underneath. It simply stretched out … Continue reading Faith is the Pierless Bridge

Bigger Story

Inspired by the song Bigger Story by Cade Thompson. When I look into your eyes I can tell that we are Feeling the same hurts hiding the same scars We’ve both got our reasons For giving up She squeezed my shoulder and looked me straight in the eye. Her gaze was gentle and never wavered. … Continue reading Bigger Story

Memories Are Funny Things

I wasn't expecting the rush of memories that hit. The plan was simply to catch up on some in depth cleaning projects. Instead, with every task I've tackled, there have been piles of memories to sort through. Some memories are happy. I found my brother's plaster handprint and my sister's favorite baby toy. I found … Continue reading Memories Are Funny Things

A Dance Between Faith, Doubt, & Trust

I faced a lot of fear last week. I know that doesn't sound like something a Christian of twenty years should say. In the past, I may have even rebuked myself for being afraid. However, I'm learning that responding in fear is part of the way God designed us. The flight, fight, or freeze mechanics … Continue reading A Dance Between Faith, Doubt, & Trust

Stargazers’ 200th Post

Today is Stargazer's 200th blog post! I'm both humbled and amazed by all God has done through this blog in the last few years. There have been some hard days. Moments when I was exhausted, out of ideas, and considered taking a break. But through it all, God has been faithful. Everything I needed to … Continue reading Stargazers’ 200th Post

Who You Say I Am

Inspired by the song Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship. This song is my younger sister's favorite. She has Down's Syndrome, has been chronically ill for years at a time, and sometimes struggles to communicate. But when this song comes on the radio, she sings with all her heart. She knows exactly who … Continue reading Who You Say I Am