Across the street, the magnolia tree is trying to find its voice. For weeks now, it has been poised to blossom, to shout it's beauty in full-throated pink splendour. But right now, the pale buds are a weak whisper of what will come. A touch of laryngitis, perhaps. I can feel the weight of it … Continue reading Losing My Voice (and finding it again)
The mid-summer heat is almost unbearable, yet I hesitate to turn on the air conditioning. Fans hum in unison with cicada songs drifting through open windows. I've just come in from inspecting the gardens, which are in a sad state. Despite my best efforts, most of the vegetables have been dug up by a marauding … Continue reading Each Day Special: Finding the Sacred in the Common
I came across a podcast by John Piper today that turned my world upside-down. It’s entitled, “Has God Called Me to Write?” I’ve wrestled long and hard with figuring out God’s calling on my life. Although writing gives me joy, I’ve always thought that "real writing" (whatever that means) was an extension of a higher calling—or … Continue reading Why Write?
Isn't this diamond gorgeous? If you could pluck it out of the photo, hold it in your hand, and turn it all around so you could see it from every angle, the diamond would still be dazzling. Every facet of this gem shines and sparkles. Now I want to show you another diamond. This one … Continue reading The Gem
Yesterday, my husband and I took our 15-month old to the doctor. After asking us about our daughter's vocabulary and about the things she can and cannot do, the doctor advised us that she is months ahead in her development. Boy, was I proud! We spend a lot of time talking to her, showing her things, and … Continue reading Rethinking Priorities