A place to consider and absorb the established truths, compelling beauty, and wild goodness of our faith, so we may walk onward, refreshed, hopeful, and connected, towards the prize.
Dream Well vs. Dream Big
I cringe a little when "people" insist we need to be dreaming BIG. In relation to size, only. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” (Eleanor Roosevelt) Some GOOD dreams may have large ramifications and ideas, and that is beautiful. But other good dreams are deliciously simple. Dream well!
Full of Thanks
On paying attention and being grateful! "It all matters. That someone turns off the lamp, says hello to the invalid, listens to the repeated tale, folds the abandoned laundry, plays the game fairly, acknowledges help, gives credit, says goodnight, resists temptation, wipes the counter... What is most beautiful, is least acknowledged. What is worth dying for is barely noticed." L. McBride
Thinking through the importance of "ask, and it will be given to you." Starting with these words from Fred Rogers:"In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers."
Primarily dwelling in the last two chapters of scripture, Revelation 21 + 22, to frame a view of compassionate hearts, action, and hope as we live, learn, and endure all this life means. How to "suffer with," like the word compassion means.
Story Of Our Lives
A special joint-episode podcast with Don Shorey from No Mere Mortals. Talking about story in Part 1 right here! Go to "No Mere Mortals" episode #8 for Part 2!
"Life is a story. Why do we die? Because we live. Why do we live? Because our Maker opened His mouth and began to tell a story.
Do not fear the shadowy places. You will never be the first one there. Another went ahead and down until He came out the other side." (N.D. Wilson)
Good-Bye Mama Bear
Reading an excerpt from chapter 9 of my book "Meet Mama Bear." "Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. And, just at the moment when someone says, 'There, she is gone,'
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, 'Here she comes!' And that is dying." (Henry Van Dyke)
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A gift in a time of need
Kristen’s heart and story telling gift is like being offered a warm cup of tea in the darkness of a winters afternoon. In a season where we think to ourselves “it shouldn’t be this dark out at this time” and “I KNOW there are lighter days ahead but...this is hard” we are offered some warmth and a reminder of goodness from a friend in the way of “a cuppa”. What she shares here in her podcast is just that. Extended warmth and hope in a sometimes questioning dreary season.
I eagerly await your next episode!