there is beauty

The Lord will keep me from despair. When I’m about to believe redemption is a lie, a promise for others, a nice idea but not much more…he shows me how wrong I am and how wrong I want to be! But he doesn’t slap me…instead, he blesses me and shows me there is beauty. There … Continue reading

no need to hide

A few weeks ago, God laid it on my mind to give some money to a friend. This wasn’t the first time this has happened, and I doubt it’ll be the last. Giving is one of my spiritual gifts and I personally receive a lot of joy when I get to be God’s in-between in … Continue reading

garden, garden, garden!

garden, garden, garden!

This summer, I joined some friends from church in getting involved in a community garden to provide fresh produce for the soup kitchen across the street. Up until this point, my track record with plants was pretty dismal (I did successfully grew morning glories in 5th grade, but later discovered it’s actually quite the “pesky” … Continue reading

when you’re sick

You are not a failure for needing to be held in My arms. When I feed you a little milk, it’s not a punishment for not being strong enough for meat, just as when a mother feeds her sick child broth, it’s not out of a spirit of disappointment, but it’s because she loves her … Continue reading

what it means to succeed

what it means to succeed

I cancelled a show today. It was supposed to be tomorrow and of course I feel very lame. I’ve been oscillating between fighting and ignoring a cold for about two weeks. You know how it is. You tell yourself, “I’m sure I’ll be better in a day or two!” and then suddenly, you can’t ignore … Continue reading

gettin’ craftsy

gettin’ craftsy

There’s something very happy about taking what is normally thrown away and making something beautiful and functional. Maybe it’s the way I get to affirm the goodness of God’s creativity and redemptive nature. Here are a few of the “musical note cards” I made this week using dead guitar and mandolin strings….

i write songs no one else sees

This was the first song I wrote for my husband. I’d just played my first real show, cried, and nearly vomited, but I’d already known for a long time that I get nauseated when I’m stressed and emotionally overwhelmed. Like nearly every songwriter I know, I needed to know that when I get on stage … Continue reading

eloi

“About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ – which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” Matthew 27:46 What love is this that beckons the broken, “Come be made whole and beautiful again”? Eloi, Eloi, You won’t forsake us Eloi, Eloi, You won’t forget … Continue reading

hello, spring!

One of my favorite things to do is to be outside, barefoot – with my guitar, singing, writing, taking a nap, praying – so while I love reading by the window on a rainy day and curling up with a cup of hot tea watching snow fall in December, by the time February and March … Continue reading

sow, so, sew

When I was a child, I thought that if I had been Eve, I wouldn’t have eaten that forbidden fruit. After all, God gave her the whole rest of the garden to enjoy! The world would have been a better place if I’d been Eve. Well, I’ve been Eve and I’ve made Eve’s mistake. Why … Continue reading