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Getting Through the Holidays

As I type this on a gray, gloomy Monday morning, I feel the need to share a word of encouragement with you. I'm not sure how you're handling life this morning. I'm not sure how you're planning to address the Thanksgiving week ahead of us--whether you plan to embrace it with enthusiasm and gratitude or... Continue Reading →

Sonnet 73B

That time of year thou mayst in me behold When scarlet leaves precede that Halloween And chill winds force retreats to fuzzy folds, Bare skin hiding behind warm denim jeans; When kids seek treats using horrified masks And turkeys fry among potatoes, jams, and pie, Red-clad Santa giving those things for asked And flying kisses... Continue Reading →

Dear Past Self,

You were so young. So innocent. And now, looking down upon you while walking memory lane, I can't resist this urge to mother you. To just walk up to you and give you a big hug and be ready to wipe the tears I know you won't cry because you don't cry. Unless you're alone... Continue Reading →

The Everyday and Ordinary

If I had to summarize everything that God has been teaching me lately, it would be this: You can find joy in the seemingly mundane. Whether you're reading the book of Numbers or are experiencing an apathetic patch of days right now, there's no law saying that these things have to be bland. There's lessons... Continue Reading →

Roadblocks

Three red lights in a row, paced in the distance. One after the other, making the horizon seem too distant as I drive along this road, feeling dissonance between where I'm at and where I need to go. This is something I've always struggled with. Feeling the pent-up energy surge as my body surges forward... Continue Reading →

Dear Dragonfly

To the dragonfly that likes to fly around my car on the campus parking lot, I love how I have never seen you until this semester--my last semester at this university. I don't know where you come from, nor where you go. I don't know how many times you have peacefully, smoothly glided past my... Continue Reading →

Relapse

Relapse. Relapse back into the pain the depression the anxiety that we thought was over. gone. finito. Guess that was nothing but a dream though. Relapse back into the mindset we were so glad God lifted us out of-- like David from the mud pit. And now all we feel is the squelch of mud... Continue Reading →

Exodus Series: Covenants

Finally, the Israelites come to Mount Sinai--the place where God meets Moses on the mountain as the Israelites stand below, remaining at a distance from the mountain on which God's glorious presence has descended in a dense cloud reverberating with thunder, lightning, and the sound of trumpets. This is God--the Almighty, Holy God. And He... Continue Reading →

Up

This picture was taken approximately a year ago, and the following piece was written shortly after. Gray clouds and rain were the ominous jewels in today's crown. From this morning until a few seconds before I took this picture, the skies cried. However, when I stepped up to the window--my small window from which I... Continue Reading →

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