Anxious for Nothing

God told us “do not fear” or “fear not” 365 times in the Bible. Do you think he knows us? Our bent towards harboring fear that settles in and paralyzes us from enjoying the abundant life he intends for us to live? There is an old towering tree in a clearing where I walk. To […]

Walking Lessons

I mean, how many variations of pictures in the woods can you take? Yet here I am happy to find another buck and doe, a beautiful day lily, and grateful for the breath and strength to climb. Twelve years ago this month we moved into our home. The property came with way too many flower […]

Like a Lily

I couldn’t tell you a day lily plant from goldenrod the first spring we lived here. One would bloom and was welcomed like an old friend. One was relentlessly hunted and picked and discarded preferably before it could bloom. After a decade I can coherently identify many of the plants in the woods. Most days, […]

Walk with Me

“What if God wants us to ask him to walk with us again?” Things I think Walking in woods Chasing sleepy morning sun New day Clock ticking Walk slow awhile Before I must run Silence Gratitude. Pause. Say, God, I see you. (Smile) Please, walk with me today? The Lord will keep you from all […]

Finding Rivendell

Elrond’s house was perfect, whether you liked food or sleep or story-telling or singing (or reading), or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all. Merely to be there was a cure for weariness. … Evil things did not come into the secret valley of Rivendell. J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the […]

By Design

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. Henry David Thoreau Rain drops on purple flowers Swaths of forest green Scrumptious peace God’s good design seen Things that are real Purposed and planned Creator’s art on display Framing up hope for man One plus one Is always […]

Splash of Daisy

The daisy, by the shadow that it casts, protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun. William Wordsworth The love of God toward you is like the Amazon River flowing down to water a single daisy. F.B. Meyer The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8

Fox and Fawn

“Peace is liberty in tranquility.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero Tranquility is defined by Wordnik as “an untroubled state; free from disturbances” and “a state of peace and quiet”. The definitions resonate in my heart, while in reality, our world has many troubles with little peace and quiet. We have to work hard to create space for […]

Lazy Gardening or a Genius Solution?

My earliest memories of gardening were watching my three older brothers and sister manage, sort of, a plot of soil where my mom diligently planted food for our family. We had to walk down the street, past the Elmhurst Dairy store where I would much rather stop, and along the road another quarter mile to […]