Unfettered Praise

The world did its best to silence the voice of Truth, to silence the purposes of Love, of Life. Yet there they stood, hundreds gathered…each one masked in obedience to man’s law of the day. The players of wind instruments had a measure of freedom…faces bare only when their instruments were at their lips. AllContinue reading “Unfettered Praise”

Broken for You

“Broken in my heart…then offered to the Father…” These were the words that highlighted her mind as she slowly awakened. Correlations came as she pondered why Christ’s body was broken for mankind. The ultimate offering of self for the uplifting, the nourishing, the restoration of life for others. What exactly did those words mean personallyContinue reading “Broken for You”

Turkey Trot

While returning home from a glorious trip to Banff, Alberta, Canada, dear husband and I were enjoying a leisurely drive through Northern Idaho. The beauty of mountains and pastoral scenes surrounded us in peace and quiet as we drove into the gathering dusk. Without warning our reverie was jolted as something banged against our frontContinue reading “Turkey Trot”

Freddie

She was petite in body with an inviting and generous spirit that radiated from her quiet demeanor. The mother of my dearest nursing school friend, Freddie was a pastor’s wife who had a penchant for small owls that trapped themselves in her fireplace, working with young children, and collaborating with her family to write andContinue reading “Freddie”

Taking Down the Tree

Such a glorious thing, that tree that springs up in our living room each December. Aglow day and night it needs none other to bring light into the room. The ambiance feels warmer than a cozy blanket or sweater. It seeps deep into one’s very being…and longings…of past, present, future. Glad ornaments festoon the branches,Continue reading “Taking Down the Tree”

At the New Year

Hush…Stop the noise and listenSilence the numbing soundsGod calls for our attention Let holiness come down Hear Abba’s Words eternal Infusing to our soulsThe Spirit’s holy whisperings Brings life to make us whole Wait upon His strengtheningDeeper to greater need Be still and know that He is God Oh hear Yeshua speak Teach us LORDContinue reading “At the New Year”

Winter’s Celebration

Frosted white trees splay in celebration, their shimmering coated branches reaching for the heavens and cascading towards the earth. They are fat sparklers’ explosions, fireworks frozen, the surrounding fog evidence of their jubilance…and that a great burning light has been here. Dark green conifers bearing white loads of snow march through groves of jubilant trees,Continue reading “Winter’s Celebration”

This Christmas Day

God Himself put on our skin Knows our mind games, our life race Came to defeat the sin we’re inWalked this dusty earthly placeGives every single person choice Transforms us by His matchless graceDesires we hear, obey His voice Trust and grow in HimOh the thought that God Most High Would care enough to bendContinue reading “This Christmas Day”

The Broken Lantern

A newly crafted lantern, shined and bejeweled through hours of careful attention, sat proudly on the shelf in all its glory, waiting to fulfill its purpose. The shop hummed busily with browsers, many hands touching, grabbing, turning, checking the lantern from all angles. Did it meet their needs, was it just right for their intent,Continue reading “The Broken Lantern”

The Bluebird

Did a bird in fact flit byBlue iridescence blazing Or was it but a moment’s glimpseMy mind’s eye then amazing Color blazed through gloomy grayOf sky and soul in winter Rarely seen in busy town Mountain birds its kinder Yet blue it flew to bright the dayReminders in my sorrow That gladness pierces even gloomContinue reading “The Bluebird”

Holiday Book Gift Guide 2022

Merry Christmas blessings and Happy Holidays to you and yours! The Holiday Book Gift Guide, and link below to nearly eighty books written by members of a Christian writer’s group, was graciously compiled by friend and fellow member, Lana Scroggins. Many different genres are included, each book with the author’s brief description and link forContinue reading “Holiday Book Gift Guide 2022”

Snow Fences

Undulating with the land Lining roads like concert chairsOr spiked hair on shaven heads Stalwartly just standing there Oft’ a perch for falcon’s rest Summer frame for winding vine Holding firm they pass the testBraving weather of all kinds Catching troves of tumbling weeds Flat toothpicks knit in stout rows Cannot bind the blowing windContinue reading “Snow Fences”

Kansas Wind

It skips across the rolling plains Down grassy streams, o’er rippled ponds Bends trees and landscape to it’s will Then swirls away to somewhere Oz Clutching steering wheel tight Rocking through buffeting sounds Will we also fly away Spinning up and round and round To land in someplace OzNo Munchkins seen along this path NotContinue reading “Kansas Wind”

Those Things Between

What are those myriad things that wash against our souls, tidal waves lapping, churning, that retreat only to return again? Crests that are braved leaving us weathered and worn before the relief of calm, sun’s piercing light scattering the grey, blowing the gale away? What when those tides are words and looks, voice inflections, orContinue reading “Those Things Between”

Thanksgiving Thoughts 2022

Transplanted seedlings we were once Or perhaps some started here In this valley verdant greenWith rivers, mountains, trees and streamsDeserts near for those who would Leave this vale where they did start Planting new shoots far awayIn climes calling to their hearts Yet our roots are intertwined No matter how far they have grown NotContinue reading “Thanksgiving Thoughts 2022”

Seat Belt Gymnastics

A love hate relationship has developed toward a certain two inch black belt, no matter its promises to increase my safety when I am buckled in. During our cruise along Interstate 80 I have begun a crash course of in-car gymnastics…or is it wrestling?…with a seat belt that is bent on ratcheting my neck intoContinue reading “Seat Belt Gymnastics”

Winter’s Surprise – Haiku

Foggy days and nightsWinter’s dawn brings glad surprise Hoarfrost’s sugarcoat ~~~Thank You, LORD, for the exquisite wonders You have freely given us…the glories of Your creativity! Help us to be ever-mindful of all You have given. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Job 37:10-11 NKJV“By the breath of God ice is given, And the broad waters areContinue reading “Winter’s Surprise – Haiku”

Light in the Darkness

People slumbered seeking their pleasureWhiteness covered the moon All that was known could cease without measure Darkness persistent, creeping, determinedThreatened to overtake soon E’en in that nighttime light even greater Beamed n’er extinguishedConstraining the darkBrings hope to masses awake from their slumberShines on a weary world stark Come to the Light here in the darknessContinue reading “Light in the Darkness”

Before Saying, “Aye”

How enlightening are word searches. Looking up the word “aye,” I was intrigued by some of the synonyms listed in Webster’s online dictionary: “Synonyms-Adverb (1)- always, e’er, eternally, ever, everlasting, evermore, forever, forevermore, indelibly, permanently, perpetually Synonyms-Adverb (2)- all right, alright, exactly, OK (or okay), okeydoke (or okeydokey), yea, yeah, yep, yes, yo” This ancientContinue reading “Before Saying, “Aye””

An Ordinary Grand Display

Mountains brown like baked potatoes Appaloosa painted hills Higher yet the piney forests Stand snow-flocked, regal, still Golden carpets flutter under Gloried trees yet shedding leaves Fall is falling all around us Winter blowing icy breeze Clouds perform ethereal dances Shapes from white to darkest grey Faint vermillion bands of color Burst from sunlight’s grandContinue reading “An Ordinary Grand Display”

An Early Winter Light

Shimmered light illumines grasses Flowing o’er the mountain plainsAngus cattle dotted masses Stud the glorious morning sceneHoarfrost, snow skiffs kiss the meadows Trees and all above ground things Wear new luminescent garments Ethereal, ephemeral bling Filling space ‘twixt earth and heaven How can one rightly describe Beauty beyond words or pictures Light inviting, “Come abide”SurelyContinue reading “An Early Winter Light”

Extending Grace

{How long the wait, is the cry}{Before things run without a hitch}{Problems popping ceaselessly}{Seem to go indefinitely}{Pulling thoughts around me firm}{I know the answer, indubitably}{If only others would agree}{Work things out the way I see}WAIT! Could it be a larger view Helps reveal a deeper truth Of a picture greater than One’s own mind canContinue reading “Extending Grace”

When Life Falters

Air thick, like tree trunks without roots her steps were faltering. Would she topple over taking one step to the next? She could see, talk, move her limbs…well, you know the drill…check heart rate and rhythm, squeeze fingers, touch nose, see numbers of fingers in peripheral vision…it was just her legs and equilibrium that wereContinue reading “When Life Falters”

A Game?

How arrogant the game pieces were posturing themselves on the checkerboard, full of their importance, strength, and imagined power, flexing themselves like kids in a sandlot ready to duke it out. So self-important they neglected to learn who they were, who made them, what they were made of, and what was their purpose. Were theyContinue reading “A Game?”