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

06/03…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“When they call on Me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
I will reward them with a long life
and give them My salvation.”
~Ps 91:15-16

Poem of the Day:
“IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired waiting,
Or be lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet dont look too good, not talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools…
~“If” by Rudyard Kipling

Excerpt of the Day:
“I was about to dig in again, knowing it would be alright, but I didn’t.
I shut my mouth. (erased what I’d written in the gchat window)
I paused.
And when I started typing again, I said something that changed my life: “Tell me why this is important to you.”

And she did.

It had nothing to do with the reasons that triggered me. In fact, even as she explained, she affirmed my right to have a different opinion than hers about this article. But she told me why it was beautiful to HER and in that way, SHE became more beautiful to me. Because she let me see her and hear her story with all its unique markings and pain and hope and love.

This is how to be friends with people who are radically different than you. This is why it is VITAL to be friends with people who are radically different than you.”
~“I did Something Radical” by Emily Maynard

Currently listening to “Four the Record” by Miranda Lambert