Thursday, January 30, 2014

Psalm 121

In bible study we are encouraged to rewrite each psalm we cover in Stepping Up, by Beth Moore. It reminds me of the Touched By an Angel Episode: the 151st Psalm. 

Psalm 121

Even when my heart breaks, fear overwhelms me, and the sidewalk I run is slick with ice and snow. I look to you-- you hold me, cover me, and are the yak traxs on my feet. 

When babies flip and navel chiefs call and my world turns upside-down; you place wisdom in my mind, laughter in my heart and open my eyes to how much love I'm surrounded by. 

You make me brave. 

We stay up late together and you sing me to sleep. I know you keep guard through the darkness of night. 

You know where I am, you know where I'm going (it's better then I can begin to imagine!) and you are there now and forevermore. 


Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Happy place...

The shores of Lake Michigan, the copper-bottomed clear water of Presque Isle, the porch swing of a children's home in Guatemala. Being surrounded by the concrete walls of a church in the Philippines, the holy moment as a baby emerges and takes it's first breath, the sacred space of the head squeeze, wrapped in the love of a friend's hug, trust. Walking into the unknown with head held high. Bravery of others trickling down. The dusty earth caking my riding boots, the wind. A chapel surrounded by a stained glass cloud of witnesses. Miracle babies. 
Words spoken and written, giant bathtubs filled to the brim with bubbles, the sweet smell of a sweaty baby head laying on my chest, wrapped in soft colors. laughter, dancing with abandon, the rare runner's high, Tires. Slurpees on a hot summer's day, tears, prayer-answered, unanswered, and unspoken, a church organ, the drum beat, naps in the sunshine, warm rains. Singing loud. The weight of mercy. The depth of grace. 

Wednesday, January 01, 2014


I'm ready to see what this year brings. I'm excited and a tiny bit scared, but ready. I'm so blessed to be covered in love and prayers and surrounded by cheerleaders. 

Here is a glimpse of 2014 "bucket list"

2014 Bucket List

Write more 
Blog more 
Be intentional 
Serve our clients with wisdom and love
Keep up with Brandy on a run 
2nd goal weight by summer 
3rd goal weight by end of year 
Half Marathon 
First pedicure 
Dance class 
Go dancing 
Karaoke Bar with friends (for my birthday maybe) 
Go to the Dentist 
Go to the Beach often 
Maintain $1,000 in savings 
Do 300 set with 15lb weights
Be happy (live fully) 
Participate in an Extreme trail race 
Camp in a tent 
Try Aerial arts 
Overnight in Chicago (to watch graduation online and see Wendy off to FL) 
Do 5 Handstand push ups 


There are no words to describe this year, but I'll try anyways. Friendship, love, change, growth, wonder, birth, babies, running, tired, strong, adventure, laughter, tears, brave... Life will never be the same. Welcome 2014. I'm ready.