Simplify :: Lift It Up, Lay It Down, Carry On

I like things to come in threes. It probably comes from my training as a floral designer. Always, blossoms placed in threes, never one, two or four. It’s all about balance, said my instructor. During Advent, in the midst of crazy and beautiful and busy, I tried to simplify the season with these three phrases: …

Five Minute Friday :: Sing A Song of Ascent

I haven’t done this for awhile, but I’m diving in today to write for five minutes flat on the word “Sing”. Find more five-minute essays or join the conversation here. I cannot. Sing, that is. I warble along with songs on the radio or on my I-phone and I put my heart into worship on …

Yes :: I’ll Take Some ‘Joy and Fulfillment’

I did it again this morning. I ate breakfast in front of the morning news, flipped open my netbook, dropped in on Facebook, answered an e-mail and settled in to write this blog post. It was then the Lord gently tapped me on the shoulder and said “Yes?” Didn’t I just say “Yes” to him …

Try :: More Than a Summer Soldier

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” American philosopher, patriot and founding father Thomas Paine penned those words nearly 140 …