l e n t :: day14_covenant

My 2nd year college roommate painted this for Jeff and me for our wedding.  She had previously done a simple sketch the inspired that painting and that we used on our wedding invitation.  It is lovely.  We asked her to draw it based on a song called “Closer” by Jars of Clay, specifically the lineContinue reading “l e n t :: day14_covenant”

l e n t :: day13_vision

Before we moved back to Kokomo, I’d forgotten how beautiful Indiana skies could be.  Although the lack of sun during Michigan winters didn’t drastically effect my mood, the bright blue in the summer, watching dark clouds bring in a storm, or the articulate night sky has shocked me multiple since we moved back.  I didn’tContinue reading “l e n t :: day13_vision”

l e n t :: day10_love

Love means that I find your needs and wants as important if not more important than my own.  Perhaps at first that sounds a wee bit selfish, but I am being honest.  How did I know I loved Jeff?  His happiness became inherently more important than my own.  How do I know I love myContinue reading “l e n t :: day10_love”

l e n t :: day9_refuge

Perhaps my bed would seem an odd refuge as I am an extrovert and am generally rejuvenated via wine, conversation and art.  Recently, in a counseling session, I was compared to a lightning bolt.  I doubt beds are fond of lightning bolts, due to fire and whatnot.  And honestly, I somewhat despise sleep; we haveContinue reading “l e n t :: day9_refuge”

l e n t :: day8_might

One of the daily emails I pop open for morning guidance or encouragement is Christine Caine’s First Things First.  It’s generally a short Scripture verse or passed followed by a quick paragraph or so from Christine, a prophet, preacher, and slave-freer.  I didn’t get to that email until tonight, after spending all day mulling overContinue reading “l e n t :: day8_might”

l e n t :: day7_go

So much go in life.  Plenty articles and stories and studies exist discussing our current culture’s obsession with go-ness: our self-worth built upon the number of full slots in our calendar, or feeling like losers if we are available for a new Friday night plan on Friday afternoon, or assuming that those who only workContinue reading “l e n t :: day7_go”

l e n t :: day6_settle

set·tle    ˈsedl/,  verb resolve or reach an agreement about (an argument or problem) “every effort was made to settle the dispute”   synonyms: resolve, sort out, solve, clear up, end, fix, work out, iron out, straighten out, set right, rectify, remedy, reconcile; informal patch up “they settled the dispute” adopt a more steady orContinue reading “l e n t :: day6_settle”

l e n t :: day1_gather

My birthday/Christmas present this year was a lens upgrade and I’ve been wanting to pick up my camera a bit more—not to join the leagues of professional photographers but to be able to capture memories of my family and natural beauty along the journey.  I’ve also been meaning to write quite a bit more butContinue reading “l e n t :: day1_gather”