05/15…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
    forever.
~Ps 23

Poem of the Day:
“All those days
you felt like dust,
like dirt,
as if all you had to do
was turn your face
toward the wind
and be scattered
to the four corners

or swept away
by the smallest breath
as insubstantial–

Did you not know
what the Holy One
can do with dust?

This is the day
we freely say
we are scorched.

This is the hour
we are marked
by what has made it
through the burning.

This is the moment
we ask for the blessing
that lives within
the ancient ashes,
that makes its home
inside the soil
of this sacred earth.

So let us be marked,
not for sorrow.
And let us be marked
not for shame.
Let us be marked
not for false humility
or for thinking
we are less
than we are

but for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
is made,
and the stars that blaze
in our bones,
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
we bear.
~Jan Richardson

Lyrics of the Day:
“When I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to your love
You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart
When I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to your love
You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart”
~”Defender” Rita Springer

Currently listening to “The Weight of these Wings” by Miranda Lambert

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12/23…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“For a child has been born—for us!
    the gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over
    the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor,
    Strong God,
Eternal Father,
    Prince of Wholeness.
~Is 9:6 (msg)

Video & Lyrics of the Day:

“Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name”
~ “O Holy Night”

This song has long been my favorite Christmas carol.  Usually it’s other lines that get me, but this verse struck me this year more than they have in the past.  Maybe it’s because of the state of our world right now (Aleppo) or how I’ve dealt with the state of our country.

Maybe it because, as those close to me know, I’ve had a brutiful (brutal and beautiful) year in my faith walk.  There is so much that has stayed the same (the love of the star-breathing God of the Universe, love of my friends and family) and there is so much that is different.  I have felt like my faith & life has been a snow-globe that got shaken up.  Everything that was there before is still there, it just looks different, and it’s been fascinating watching how some of the snow flakes have landed in  different places then where they started out.

What ever the reason, with this verse rolling over and over through my brain, I’ve been thinking on how I make my law love, on how I help oppression cease, on how I find hymns of joy to sing even in tension, discomfort, or uncertainty, and on how still after where this year has brought me, amazingly & thankfully, all within me still praises his holy name.

Poem of the Day:
“There it stood
A flower on a rock
Where nothing else lived
For a hundred miles
This flower was life
Bold and true standing proud up into the sky
Lapping up sunlight
Digging her roots into the ground
She was living
No matter what the world told her
She shouldn’t do
She just when on chin up into the sun
And realized then that Life
By it’s very nature is brave.”
~Atticus

Currently listening to “Behold: A Christmas Collection” by Lauren Daigle

01/05…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint”
~Is 40:31

Quote of the Day:
“She has fire in her soul & grace in her heart”
~Unknown – My quote for the year.

Excerpt of the Day:
“The sad thing is, these are all moms that I’d love to be friends with in real life. I wish that rude, nosy folks hadn’t ruined the art of conversation for everyone, because there are people like me who genuinely seek connection with parents of all stripes. I’ve never been one for wasting time on small talk—I want to get to know the real person I’m speaking with—but I feel like chit chat is all that’s available anymore. Living in a culture where people are quick to get offended, I worry that being on the defensive all the time is preventing us from initiating true friendships and sharing our unique stories.”
~ 10 Moms I can No Longer Speak To on ScaryMommy

 ~A friend of a friend on facebook added this:
“I’m not even a mom yet and I can relate. Not being a mom makes it even worse bc ‘I just don’t understand’ or ‘I cant relate to them so they don’t turn to me.’ When I asked a friend awhile back via text “hey what are you doing tonight?” ..and their response a was, “Raising a child.. What are you doing?” …I realized at that moment that I was going to lose those types of mommy friends and that broke my heart. I’m SO appreciate my friends who allow us to still be around them and their kids and allow us to play and help take care of their kids and ask these types of questions with a willing heart to share. I love when our hangout nights consist of Murder Mystery with the adults followed by a pillow fight and Xbox games with the kids. Please know that just bc we don’t have kids, doesn’t mean we don’t want to be around you or think your kids are nuisance. I ADORE children (and sometimes might prefer hanging out with them over adults in all honesty.) haha.  And know that we ask bc we care or we want to LEARN from you. But I feel the same as her, I just don’t ask.”


My 2 Cents:

I’m pretty dang lucky that the majority of my friends (moms & dads) that have kids are amazing, and are the exception to this article.  Thanks so much for being who you are.  I hope you know that I love you and and your kiddos with all my heart.

The thing is that this article is incredibly accurate for quite a number of people.  I crave deep connected relationships (I think we all do, we’re just all pretty afraid) and when you can’t ask the real questions and speak to the places that are deep in our hearts, then how can we really have community/belonging/connection.  This goes to more than just being a parent, it reaches to the other parts of life (marriage, career, passions, relationships, beliefs).

And though I fully acknowledge that being a parent is a huge part of your identity, it doesn’t solely define you, my friend, in my eyes. Sure it’s a part of you, and one I love watching thrive, and bloom.  But I hope it doesn’t define you in your eyes either.  You are all the wonderful things you were before you brought that awesome tiny human into this world, only you are better, wiser.  And I haven’t forgotten that.  I still see you.  I still want to know you.  So I will ask those questions.  Because I love you.

Currently Listening to “Songs to Make Up To” by Ta-ku – Especially “Love Again” “Down for You” & “Sunrise/Beautiful”

03/25…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
~Heb 12:2

Poem of the Day:
“I am pieces of quotes
From my favorite books
Stitched together by
Song lyrics
And I am glued together by
Midnight conversations
And the sweet taste of coffee
And I have the tendency
To fall apart suddenly

And I need you to somehow
Be okay with this
Because I am created by
The souls who are brave enough
To gather all my tattered pieces
And put me back together

And oh God how I would love to be whole again”
~Amanda Katherine Ricketson

Lyrics of the Day:
“It ain’t like midnight and cigarette smoke
It ain’t like watered down whiskey and coke
I guess some things just don’t mix like you hoped
Like me and you
And diamond rings and old barstools”
~ “Diamond Rings & Old Barstools” by Tim McGraw

Currently listening to “Talking Dreams” by Echosmith

03/17…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“For I know the thoughts I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil” ~Jer 29:11

Quote of the Day:
“The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering.  Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life.”
~Vasudev

Video of the Day:

I have said for a very long time that I actually really LOVE t-swifts songwriting, I just usually prefer someone else singing the songs (Mine, Everything has Changed, I Knew You Were Trouble, Begin Again, Safe & Sound, Back to December Sparks Fly The Best Day).  Select ones I have still enjoyed (White Horse, Love Story) but the statement still holds true.  This beautifully written song is stunning in this cover sung by Seth Rinehart.

“Just grab my hand and don’t ever drop it
My love, they are the hunters, we are the foxes
And we run
Baby I know places we won’t be found
and they’ll be chasing our trace tryin’ to track us down
Cause I, I know places we can hide,
I know places”

Currently Listening to “Four Five Seconds” by Rihanna, Kanye, Paul McCartney

12/20…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“For God so (so= because of the manner or intensity of feelings) loved (love= to provide for and protect YOU) the world, that he sent his son.”
~John 3:16 – It’s because of God’s intense love for us that he provided a way to protect me, even knowing the depths of my heart.  He still chose to send his son to earth.  That is the unbelievable beauty of Christmas

Quote of the Day:
“This is a crazy story about an all-powerful God who created everything and could do anything he wanted to do and he CHOSE to tenderly step into His creation to ruthlessly deal with sin, out of love”
~Noel Heikkinen in “Behold* Jesus

Video of the Day:

“All is well, All is well
Angels and men rejoice
For tonight darkness fell
Into the dawn of love’s light
Sing A-le, Sing Alleluia”
~ “All is Well” by Carrie Underwood & Michael W. Smith
Carrie wins at ALL things.

Currently listening to “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

04/21…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
~John 16:33

Quote of the Day:
“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough”
~Meister Eckhart

Video of the Day:

All hail, Redeemer, hail
For He has died for me
His praise and glory shall not fail
Throughout eternity.

Currently listening to “Something in the Water” by Brooke Fraser