God: a reverse “where’s waldo?”

Alece at Grit & Glory challenged us with a mid-year check up of our One Word 2011. Here’s my original post from January.

If you didn’t click the link, my word was simple, yet huge:  God. And wow, am I finding him everywhere. It’s like a reverse Where’s Waldo? page, sort of like this:

I’m finding God. Everywhere. (more…)

With a heavy heart

I don’t have anything profound to say. Tonight my heart is heavy for so many people around me who are burdened with heavy loads of worry or sorrow or heartache. (more…)

My sin is great; God’s grace is greater

This week I’ve worked on a couple of crafty projects – sanding and painting to make a shelf for our kitchen and making a no-sew ruffled scarf (in MU gold, too!). I wish I’d bookmarked the link to that one. And another flower pin is cut and lies ready to be put together.

But in the middle of it all, I’m still ruminating, as it were, over this past weekend. Over Easter.

Friday night, minutes before the start of the Good Friday gathering, Tom and I had a minor disagreement. (more…)

Remember his death, but do not sorrow

“Good Friday” is over and done. Jesus is dead and buried in the tomb. The women will observe Sabbath tomorrow and return to the tomb early Sunday morning to properly anoint the body with spices. Close friends are in mourning.

That was the scene 2000+ years ago. I symbolically walked some of those same steps today in remembrance. (more…)

Musical Monday – This Is The Stuff

Wow, did I drop off the face of the interwebs for the past month! Ugh, I was off to such a great start with the blog – made it for 10 posts and three months and then WHAM. Well, more accurately, then crickets.

I’ve been busy and have several post drafts, but I just haven’t taken the time to post them. There’s also been this huge crafting bug that bit me. I’ve already done several projects with more lined up. The plan is to start a new page, Claygirlcrafts. 🙂 More on that in days to come.


This is the stuff that gets under my skin. If there’s one thing that irritates me faster than anything else, it would have to be bad driving. In my opinion, I’m not a bad driver and my record supports that. In nearly 24 years of driving, I’ve only been pulled over twice – only once given a speeding ticket, – and been involved in one accident where I was hit by a parked, unoccupied car. (more…)

Lent: How giving something up will gain you so much more.

In 2010, I observed my first Lenten season. Raised in a small Baptist circle, I truly didn’t know anything about Lent, Ash Wednesday, or any of the church’s traditional pre-Easter observances until I moved to Columbia, Mo. My embarrassment still lingers from years ago when I told a coworker there was something on her face, only to be told it was ash for Ash Wednesday. I’ve done quite a bit of reading and learning since then. Two years ago, I considered observing Lent for the first time when our music leader at church mentioned that he was fasting for Lent. I didn’t want to rush recklessly into such a serious undertaking so I waited until the following year.

2010. I gave up sugar for Lent. (more…)

Daughter – a name of hope

She waited years to be healed, to have a different life.

12 years. 12 long years.

Jesus was on his way to heal a little girl who was 12 years old. “Coincidentally,” this woman had an illness for 12 years. I’ve heard some pastors say that it may have been a female problem, a menstrual issue – this “discharge of blood.” If so, this woman would have been unable to have a child. Barren. Infertile. Considered a curse in those days.

For 12 years.

This past August, Tom & I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary. (more…)

How I saw God in the snow


It’s snowing this morning. Finishing my granola, I sat and watched the snow fly about. It was several minutes before I realized I was still sitting there on the futon, empty bowl in hand, gazing out the window. I’m not sure what I was thinking about or what specifically I was looking at, but I had a smile on my face. I enjoy snow.

To a child, snow is magical. Here in Missouri some school children practice a snow ritual of wearing pajamas inside out and backwards along with putting a spoon under their pillows to “make it snow.” Sort of a snow dance, if you will. I grew up in Michigan where there was no need for a snow dance. We got plenty of it every year. Of course, snow didn’t guarantee a day off from school either, except for the one year we had a new principal from Florida. His first year we had a lot of snow days!

I love the smell in the air right before snow starts. (more…)

Grace and the Hope Diamond

This post starts with two diamond stories. The first is when Tom proposed to me and gave me a beautiful solitaire. After we picked out my wedding band, I had to turn my ring over to the jewelers to solder the two pieces together. To be romantically silly, Tom bought me a plastic ring to wear from one of those gumball machines. I think it cost a quarter. I wore it with pride, despite its cheap construction, because it still indicated my choice to marry Tom. We ended up having some fun using it during our wedding rehearsal, along with a gigantic “diamond ring” keychain I previously acquired.

Don't you dare laugh at my big hair - it was the 90's!
Wedding Rehearsal fun

The second story has to do with the Hope Diamond. (more…)

A word to dwell on in 2011

Through some Twitter friends, I found Alece’s post at Grit and Glory encouraging her readers to develop a One Word 2011 – a word to spent time and energy on throughout the whole of the year. There have been some inspiring blog posts as a result. You can see them linked up in the post containing Alece’s word, here.

So where does that leave me? During this crazy, busy, first week of the year, I started mulling over words to choose. Words that I could soak in deeply as this year progresses. (more…)

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