Leaves in Corners

These leaves, blown into the corner of the concrete steps that lead to our front door, they speak to me. Not a reminder of the need to rake (though that certainly is necessary) but of a weariness that often enters my soul this time of year.   As the sun shines fewer hours and the temperatures drop, the gold and crimson leaves begin to turn brown.   They fall to the ground, speckled with dots of infection, and they alternate wet from the autumnal rains and dried out, dying from being disconnected ... [Read More]

{Joy Day 26} Rejoice in the Lord Always

  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  let your reasonableness be known to everyone.  The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7, emphasis added Some days it is just hard to rejoice.   The dryer breaks, the children fight, the rain ... [Read More]

{Top Ten} Books to Encourage a Weary Heart

It's no secret around here that I love my Kindle ... I mean, I really love my Kindle.   So much so that I have convinced several others to get Kindles just because I rave about mine so much. But ... I still love the feel of a book in my hand.   My whole life I've had a love affair with books.   There are photos of me as a toddler curled up in my crib holding the book I was "reading" before I fell asleep.   Similar photos have been snapped throughout my life.   It's not unusual for my husband ... [Read More]

Laying It Down

Overwhelmed. Adjusting. Uncertain. I think those are the three words that best describe me of late.   It seems that every time I begin to feel settled and find a routine that works, something happens.   So far, all the "somethings" have been great: a new job for Scott and a move back to North Alabama a move from one house to another within a month of moving back to North Alabama school starting for my girl  - middle school, no less But each of these has brought a necessary reassessing of ... [Read More]

Overflowing Grace

After an evening of yelling and crying and overflowing YUCK, she was in bed asleep and I found myself overwhelmed by how quickly life’s circumstances – even the really small stuff – can gain the upper hand in my heart. That old self talk began … “You’re a terrible mom!” “She is not going to want to be close to you.” “You’re going to mess this up so bad.” “Failure.” Weary from the day, all I wanted was to go to bed and start over.  The ache in my heart and lies in my head made crawling ... [Read More]