WORTHY QUOTE | Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Ring Out, Wild Bells

An old poem for a new year… A gift from 1850 on the birth of 2017. I am often hesitant to take poetry out of context, for fear of losing the greater meaning and the poet’s original intent. However, I will make an exception this time, as when I re-read this short selection, taken from a much lengthier elegy, … Continue reading


Worthy Books & Things

Love to live  |  Live to learn  |  Learn to love  |  Live loved  |  Lie down  |  Get up  |  Live loved  |  Let go!  |  Learn to live loved  |   Lose control  |  Let God lead  |  Let GOD be God  |  Be yourself  |  Forgive yourself  |  Forgive others  |  Laugh  … Continue reading

POETRY IN MOTION: Faith in my Forties

Worthy Books and Things

Poetry seemed like an impossibility when I was barely thirty and raising a young family. My new year’s resolutions were the closest thing to poetry I had written for some time when my mom, an artist and author, (part poet, part prophet) gave me a book by an acquaintance of hers who had written about … Continue reading

Writing as Worship

It was in the late decay of August, under the large white VIP tent, backstage at an outdoor music festival that I first saw him in person, a rock artist and poet I had admired for some time.  And as if I knew what I was doing I closed my book and impetuously walked right … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Una-Melina: We Are God’s Poetry


“Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,  in order that in … Continue reading

POETRY | Through Deep Darkness

Faithless and formless A void of convictions Conflicting within us We ask not and have not   While waiting to see What we cannot Because we planted not We harvest our vanities   Supplanting me Inspiring and tiring Failing and flailing without feeling All the pain and the suffering   Don’t waste me Wait for … Continue reading

Book of Days

Book Fair Treasures

Our first Scripture memory for 2013 begins with 1 Corinthians 13, known widely as the LOVE chapter of the Bible. My Book of Days (gratitude journal) for 2013 happens to be Penhaligon’s Scented Book of Days called LOVE… I did not plan this.  Nor could I have planned it any better. It was on a clear sunlit day in April when … Continue reading

WORTHY VIDEO | Grace in a Spoken Word by Jefferson Bethke

Perhaps you are one of the many (more than 23 million) people who have already seen this inspiring video.  Nevertheless it so faithfully declares God’s love for us that I just had to share it anyway. So this Advent season I share with you the gift of God’s grace as it is beautifully proclaimed by Jefferson … Continue reading

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