l e n t :: day31_listen

Listen.  Unrest resides in our bones.  Listen.  Life does not have to be that way.  Listen.  Bernie, Trump, Hillary, Cruz—they don’t determine your daily decisions.  Listen.  Injustice is battled by big names and big organizations on big stages with loud speakers and fancy bills and ordinances and regulations but LISTEN: that means nothing if weContinue reading “l e n t :: day31_listen”

l e n t :: day29_surround

When we lived in Michigan, our closest family member, at least until Jukes joined the Hope party, was 3 hours away.  Especially once we and our friends started having kids, we would struggle when friends would mention having regular date nights with grandparents watching kiddos: we couldn’t afford to pay babysitters AND pay for dinner! Continue reading “l e n t :: day29_surround”

l e n t :: day28_faithful

All the chisels I’ve dulled carving idols of stone That have crumbled like sand neath the waves I’ve recklessly built all my dreams in the sand Just to watch them all wash away Through another day, another trial, Another chance to reconcile to one who sees past all I see And reaching out my wearyContinue reading “l e n t :: day28_faithful”

l e n t :: day28_silence

I’ve never been a fan of silence.  Starting at age thirteen, maybe younger, I would slide my portable CD player into the waist of my cheer shorts so that I wouldn’t have to mow the lawn in eight hours of silence.  I would sing to myself, or recite my next upcoming drama lines, or tellContinue reading “l e n t :: day28_silence”

l e n t :: day27_spirit

an oldie but the best representation of spirit  ::  Raena J, circa January 2015 Raena is thoughtful and creative.  Shy but attention-longing.  Bright and cunning.  Strong and willed.  Spirited.  All of which cause challenges almost daily.  All of which initiate the greatest gut laughter.  I would not be surprised if Raena became a world leader,Continue reading “l e n t :: day27_spirit”

l e n t :: day23_help

Tomorrow is move day : out of Mom and Dad’s to the Ranch House next door.  We’ve all been “project”ing all day.  Yes, all.  Can’t you see how the girls are helping Jeff un-install and re-install our water filter?  Well today was a full day; we needed help.  The kind of help that Fazolis andContinue reading “l e n t :: day23_help”

l e n t :: day23_power

No explanation needed. There is power in prayer Your Faith is the key, And God’s good gifts You long to receive Are possible now – – If you will but dare To take Him at His word …and Believe! –Jon Gilbert  (From a little gem my beloved grandfather, Richard Ripberger, used to carry around inContinue reading “l e n t :: day23_power”

l e n t :: day22_found

Today has been a bit of a rough day – not bad in circumstance per se (outside of my favorite pair of pants ripping in the I-obviously-do-not-have-a-thigh-gap kind of way) but in more of a head swimming, not always positive bit of overwhelm.  It seemed some certainties were succeeding some seven month uncertainties only to beContinue reading “l e n t :: day22_found”

l e n t :: day21_witness

Witness is a term saved for few instances: attending or standing in a wedding, being present at or seeing a crime occur, or acting as a witness for faith.  Each carries magnificent weight on an individual’s life—making a lifelong covenant, pursuing justice for a wrong, sharing Good News.  Witness is people changing people’s lives.   WitnessContinue reading “l e n t :: day21_witness”

l e n t :: day20_thirst

This morning, since the next IF:Equip study hasn’t started yet, I perused John Piper’s recent articles and decided to read one titled Love is the Main Thing in Saving Faith.  Here’s a quick excerpt (although I encourage you to read the whole thing!):  Here is the way Paul put it: The coming of the lawlessContinue reading “l e n t :: day20_thirst”