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

05/25…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“For He Himself is our peace”
~ Eph 2:14

Quote of the Day:
“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
~ Jane Austen

Photo of the Day:
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~ “I Carry Your Heart” by h.wilson (Print of EE Cummings poem at the Wilson House in Belegrade MT

Currently listening to Glades – “Drive” “Her (Loving You)”

01/06…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“God’s love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.”
~Ps 36: 5-6

Quote of the Day:
“Surround yourself with people who are hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.”
~ Unknown

Poem of the Day:
“silently if, out of not knowable
night’s utmost nothing, wanders a little guess
(only which is this world) more of my life does
not leap than with the mystery your smile

sings or if (spiraling as luminous
they climb oblivion)voices who are dreams,
less into heaven certainly earth swims
than each my deeper death becomes your kiss

losing through you what seemed myself;i find
selves unimaginably mine;beyond
sorrow’s own joys and hoping’s very fears

yours is the light by which my spirit’s born:
yours is the darkness of my soul’s return
–you are my sun,my moon,and all my stars”
~”#38″ by e.e. cummings

Currently listening to “Thirty One” by Jarryd James “Do You Remember” is one of my favorite songs of 2015

04/09…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“For whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye” ~Zech 2:8

Poem of the Day:
“It was rather
beautiful: The way he
put her insecurities to sleep.
The way he
dove into her eyes
and starved all the fears
and tasted all the dreams
she kept coiled beneath her bones.”
~Christopher Poindexter

Video of the Day:

Currently Listening to “Chaos & the Calm” by James Bay

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

07/02…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”
~Prov. 21:21

Quote(s) of the Day:
**A few of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books, I just re-read (listened to on audiobook)**
“Death may beget life, but oppression can beget nothing other than itself.”
“A multitude of people and yet solitude.”
“There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.”
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

“You have been the last dream of my soul.”
~ “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens

Poem of the Day:
“I dwell in Possibility –
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –

Of Chambers as the Cedars –
Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –

Of Visitors – the fairest –
For Occupation – This –
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise –”
~“I Dwell in Possibility” by Emily Dickinson

Currently listening to “Where Country Grows” by Sara Bareilles