“For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life…” (John Baillie)

“For the great and mysterious opportunity of my life…” (John Baillie)

My husband and I talked about holy interruptions this morning, about being willing to embrace them and then share our stories at the end of the day. My interruption came this morning as I was prepping some material on Aaron Copland for my Junior High music class. A rare instance of quiet in my shared classroom space found me listening to the fast and furious “Hoedown” from his Rodeo ballet, simply delighted by the sound of it. Sitting on my…

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Past, Future, Present

Past, Future, Present

How many of us have these moments where we cry out with the Psalmist, “How long, O Lord?” Psalm 13 is attributed to David. In this context, the man after God’s own heart is feeling a holy distance. There is sorrow in his song. Following a few days of tears in my own life, I was met with empathy when I opened the scriptures this morning. David’s words became my words and gave me something to say. More importantly, his…

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Advent Prayer

Advent Prayer

Jesus you are coming Like the sun just below the horizon Like presents on Christmas morning Like the dog waiting to play Like the Facebook video I saw of the sister at the airport who stood on tiptoe to see her brother come home from college Like the gardener eager for fruit to appear Like the lonely longing for love Like the student hungry for inspiration Like the patient waiting to be released from the hospital Like the words from…

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Training

Training

We got a dog recently. Her name is Zoe. Her cuteness is helpful when I find myself up at 5:30am with her. Currently she is learning how to walk on a leash with me. This morning we were working on the concept of heel. There were a few moments of easy syncronization, her eyes directed towards mine as she trotted on my left hand side. The other 80% of the time was patiently waiting while she sniffed in various interesting…

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Making Space to Create

Making Space to Create

I have always known that it’s important to prioritize creativity if you actually want to produce something, be it music, a blog entry, art, or a meal. I am also aware that knowing and doing can be a hopeful illusion instead of a practiced reality. You’ve got to be intentional. To that end, my family made some space to create together. This first creative outing involved a short walk to the James Castle house for an open drawing session. (If…

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Spies Among Us

Spies Among Us

I heard you before I saw you I swivelled and craned my neck When I finally located you You were perched obviously Prominently for all of your beacon-like friends to hear High on a hillside You shared your secret song Alerting others to my presence You made me feel foreign in my own land The invader in your moment of kingship So you dispatched yourself Covering the distance that had taken me half and hour In a matter of minutes…

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A List for Lent

A List for Lent

This is a super quick annotated list of things that have blessed me during the season of Lent. I hope this gives you some ideas of things to try for the next 40 days. Biola University puts out both a Lent and Advent Project every year. The email gets sent to your inbox and every day, during that particular season in the church calendar, you receive a devotional thought coupled with some music and artwork. I love the combo of…

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The Roller Coaster of Family

The Roller Coaster of Family

I am procrastinating on the laundry that needs doing and choosing instead to write. Like most blogs, I am not always sure what needs to be said until it is out there. Today I am feeling compelled to get vulnerable and real about the past two days. As is often the case, when my family reunites for the weekend, in either Boise or Sun Valley, there are high expectations. Since the gang was coming to the mountains, I was psyched…

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Snow Day Kemp Update

Snow Day Kemp Update

There’s a line from the classic 80’s movie, The Princess Bride, that sticks with me as I consider how to begin this post. I’m sure you all could quote it with me. Inigo Montoya is trying to give Wesley a recap on what has happened while he was “mostly dead.” He says, “Let me explain…no, there is too much. Let me sum up.” To that end, I want to try and sum up the last 6 months of changes going…

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Discipline and Risk

Discipline and Risk

It’s only January. Those of you, like me, who may have resolved to do something are still motivated and going strong. (Keep it up, whatever it is!) I am currently going through a book that I have had for a long time, probably a gift received during my college days. I have returned to it many times and it continues to prove fruitful in my life. This week’s theme is discipline which sounds like a hoot, right? Stay with me….

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