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

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

Live by Grace

What comes to mind when you hear the word grace? Do you think of a ballerina dressed in pink frills? Perhaps a swan comes to mine with its slow, graceful movements. Or maybe you think of an especially gracious host. While these are beautiful things, true grace is so much more. In today's world, the … Continue reading Live by Grace

Here In Your Arms

Last week at work, I rocked a baby girl to sleep. Usually, she likes to fall asleep facing me with her feet propped against my legs, her arms curled up against her chest, and her head nestled sideways in the crook of my shoulder. But this time she squirmed until her head was pillowed on … Continue reading Here In Your Arms

Reflections on It’s a Wonderful Life

Inspired by the movie It's a Wonderful Life directed by Frank Capra. The radio is filled with songs about the most wonderful time of the year, but Christmas can also be a time of reflection. After all, New Years' is just around the corner. We start thinking about past Christmases, past resolutions, and past plans. … Continue reading Reflections on It’s a Wonderful Life

I Am Safe

Saturday afternoon I sat down to work on college. I'd just received a second wind and was eager to shorten my to-do list. However, when I opened my laptop, I was struck by a brutal spiritual attack. A horrible, dirty feeling overwhelmed my senses and sunk into my stomach until I was sick. My breathing … Continue reading I Am Safe

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Inspired by the song Wonderful, Merciful Savior by Dawn Rogers and Eric Wyse. It was about ten o'clock. The sun was glistening in the azure sky. Great gusts of wind engulfed me as I stood for worship. I hadn't been to an in-person church service in two months. As I lifted my hand in praise, … Continue reading Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Sparrows

Inspired by the song Sparrows by Jason Gray. I have a college midterm a week from Friday. For five weeks I have been fighting to get a week ahead so I could focus on studying, but it hasn't worked. The assignments are too hard and take too much time. Now I have several long assignments … Continue reading Sparrows