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  • Why You Never Stop Being Needed

    On Friday, September 06 th, 2013
    The plan was supposed to be that we would take him west. That he’d turn 18 and go west. That we’d pack up his room, his dog-earred G.A. Henty books, that thinning and scratchy red wool blanket of my grandmother that’s laid at the foot of his bed, the oiled painting that he was given
  • when you are looking for His steadying hand

    On Thursday, March 29 th, 2012
    That is what came at the end. At the end of the day, after the pots soaked in the sink and the books and the remnants of the day stacked high in baskets. After she washed the eggs and threaded that needle for her mama doing up mending. After the raucous and rowdy finally stilled
  • Simply Stilled

    On Thursday, June 23 rd, 2011
    Because the knowing Him on paper needs to lead to knowing Him in person. Because one is only onto superficiality. And the other alone onto salvation. :: ::   He says, “Be still, and know that I am God…” ~ Psalm 46:10 :: :: :: ::
  • Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline: An Act of Prayer

    On Wednesday, June 24 th, 2009
    This is praying time, and the act of listening in prayer is the same act as listening in writing.” ~Madeleine L’Engle I read Scripture. I listen. I pray. I pick up pen. I listen. I pray. This writing becomes prayer, heart stretched right out, poems laid bare. One of my held-close, always-come-with-me journals is my
  • Table Talk

    On Wednesday, March 11 th, 2009
    We lay ours aside, the words that normally fill our mouths, and sit around the table, slipping our forks under squash from our dirt, meat from our barns, and we offer each other words, living out words of the Psalmist. “God raised the sun today!” Hope grins, lighting. “I don’t hurt anywhere.” Levi looks up
  • Snapshots of Grace

    On Thursday, February 26 th, 2009
    Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another;they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.” ~verses we’re reciting together around the table this week,as
  • The Lord enjoys to hear it…

    On Wednesday, January 28 th, 2009
    Those thick Dutch fingers, farm worn and time-tested, have pecked again, one small key at a time, pressed send. Good morning, all, Yes checking how it is with you all, for the rest of the fam, if the chicken pox moved in. Its to be 81 f today, and cold again for the weekend. I
  • Come in from the Cold…

    On Monday, November 24 th, 2008
    Winter winds blast and the Branch holds me and I forget not all His benefits, just, sadly, too many, when I was formed just for that, to bless the Lord, all that is within me, to bless His holy name. It is, but shouldn’t be hard, to remember the benefits of Him who is my
  • Inked in Green: Nature Table

    On Wednesday, November 12 th, 2008
    “God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.” ~Martin Luther So we go out and gather it all up…. and lay it on the old round table a parchment of His grace creation, unfurled to run our fingers across with all its textures and hues
  • All Decked Out

    On Friday, June 13 th, 2008
    verses from Psalm 5, a morning Psalm…. “Listen, Yahweh! Pay attention!Can you make sense of these ramblings,my thunder-clap cries?King-god, I need your help. Every morningyou’ll hear me at it again.Every morningI lay out the pieces of my lifeon your altarand watch for fire to descend….I, your invited guest,am full of awe.I enter your house, here
  • Psalm in Pocket

    On Saturday, April 19 th, 2008
    Visit “Of Poets and Saints” for the why of “The Psalm in my Pocket”…. “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.’ ~ Psalm 95:1 The LORD, the God of gods, has spoken; he has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its
  • Psalm in my Pocket

    On Tuesday, April 15 th, 2008
    Visit “Of Poets and Saints” for the why of “The Psalm in my Pocket”…. “Let us come before his presence with thanksgivingand raise a loud shout to him with psalms.’ ~ Psalm 95:1 “To you I lift up my eyes,to you enthroned in the heavens. As the eyes of servants look to the hand of
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