The Cultured Artist

I share convicting things sometimes and basically 100% of the time those things are what I’ve been convicted of; they’re things I’m learning about. I read this C.S. Lewis quote today and immediately said, “YES, this is for me.” Maybe it’s for you too, beloved? I consider myself an artist. I grew up loving the … More The Cultured Artist

Surprise Snow

Ransom and I should have checked the weather before driving to Buffalo this Friday. But our judgment was “clouded” (I’m my Father’s punny daughter) because we had to run pre-Christmas errands, and we were dazed by the opportunity for a work break. Plus, it had been 60 degrees less than 5 days prior. We never expected a snowstorm. Halfway there, … More Surprise Snow

Holiest of Holy Days

On this holiest of holy days, we are transfixed by Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross…we can ponder but not fully comprehend the enormity of what happens this day…we are simultaneously dismayed and grateful: his torn flesh makes us whole, his bruises bring us healing, and his death gives us life. -Bobby Gross God, … More Holiest of Holy Days

Let’s Be Vigorous Writers

“Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences…This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.” -W. Zinsser, On Writing Well: The classic guide to writing non-fiction

You Welcome All Who Come to You, though You Never Lost Them

Be blessed beloveds, in thinking on Him. There’s not much better we could meditate on. “What, then, is the God I worship?…You, my God, are supreme, utmost in goodness, mightiest and all-powerful, most merciful and most just. You are the most hidden from us and yet the most present among us, the most beautiful and … More You Welcome All Who Come to You, though You Never Lost Them

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get … More 2012 in review

A Busy Worker Bee

I’m realizing God’s a busy worker bee. He is not content to let me stay as I am, so he shows me areas in my life he seeks to address. Lately, he’s doing this all the time. It may be three different ways I’m sinning in one day! I say to him, “Okay God, one … More A Busy Worker Bee