Friday, January 30, 2015

Yes, No or Wait!!

Jesus will hold your heart.

These words shared with me by my friend DB are echoing in my heart, head and mind as I wonder what God is calling me to.

Am I going to meet my Mr. Right? Am I suppose to adopt?
Or do foster care?

Really I have more questions than answers these days.

I know that God hears my every prayer. But as a friend reminded me, God often says Yes, No or Wait!!

What, wait? God doesn't always give an answer all the time. I know that but sometimes that is so hard to hear especially when you are waiting for God to answer your prayer. I want an answer other than simply wait.

Monday, January 26, 2015

We Hunger

"We hunger to be known and understood. We hunger to be loved. We hunger to be at peace inside our own skins. We hunger not just to be fed these things but, often without realizing it, we hunger to feed others these things because they too are starving for them. We hunger not just to be loved but to love, not just to be forgiven but to forgive, not just to be known and understood for all the good and bad times that for better or worse have made us who we are, but to know and understand each other to the point of seeing that, in the last analysis, we all have the same good times, the same bad times, and that for every season there is no such thing in all the world as anyone who is really a stranger."--Frederick Buechner from "Secrets in the Dark"

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of Buechner. My call to ministry, as a Diaconal Minister in the Evangelical Lutheran church in America (ELCA) is best captured in this Buechner quote "The place God calls you to be is the place where the world's deep hunger and your deep gladness meet."

Yes, that place where the world's deep hunger and my deep gladness meet. The thing is, my friends, that hunger is all around us. We all hunger in some way or another. Yes, there are many who literally hunger. God calls us to reach out to them and provide food for them. I am proud of organizations like Backpack Buddies in our community where backpacks are filled with food and given to families who are struggling to get them through the weekend.

I don't know what it is like to hunger in the way these people do. I have a roof over my head. I have a refrigerator full of food. I have a warm place to lay my head at night. I can go out and buy more food if I need too. So I have never truly experienced hunger in this way, but my friends, we all hunger...

We hunger to find that special person to share life with.

We hunger for peace to be brought about in this world.

We hunger for the end to violence and war.

We hunger to know that there is enough.

We hunger to know that we are enough!

And in that hungering, we begin to truly hear the words from Frederich Buechner because we are truly not alone. We are all alike in many ways. We all have things that we hunger for and need in our lives. We all hunger for God's love, grace, and forgiveness. And in that promise, we know that we are truly never a lone; that we are truly never strangers.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Blessings 64, 65 & 66

Hi friends! Can't believe I haven't posted for a few weeks. So here's three weeks worth of Sunday Blessings.

(1) Getting back into a workout routine

(2) A Vox from KA

(3) A shout out from my friend JN on her blog as well as a thank you note from her

(4) Texting with my friend STM

(5) A Vox from DB

(6) Being told how much of an encourager I am.

(7) Having lunch with the ladies at church after a funeral. So nice to not have to walk home in the crazy cold.

(8) A good Confirmation class

(9) An awesome DaySpring flash sale! :)

(10) Voxing with TM

(11) Starting a Nashville trip countdown with my sis

(12) Texting with my sis

(13) Return of FMF Twitter party after a two week break. I've missed these people!!

(14) NDSU four peat!! (I'm a UND fan but will always cheer for ND teams when they are in a championship game etc)

(15) Golden Globes

(16) A great YouthWorkers gathering

(17) A new nativity for my collection from my friend CT! Love it!!!

(18) A late Christmas card with a nice surprise inside

(19) A colleague calling and picking my brain for ideas.

(20) A late Christmas gift from one of my Confirmation students; a pretty bracelet.

(21) Voxing with TM for over an hour

(22) A post of mine being linked to on a friends blog. Thanks Melissa!!

(23) A couple of beautiful above zero (34 actually) days

(24) Finding some great deals at Maurice's and using a Christmas gift card

(25) One of my Confirmation kiddos parents giving me an awesome compliment

(26) Spending time with my momma

(27) The return of American Idol

(28) A sweet message from another blogger. Thanks CL!

(29) Starbursts

(30) And so many more. (I missed some since I haven't posted for a few weeks and forgot to post to my phone app)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Someone to Share Life With

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "Share." Write for five minutes; unedited.

Anyone who reads this blog knows how deeply I yearn to be a wife and a momma.

Now there are things that I don't want to share with anyone.

I dont want to share germs.

I don't want to share a half eaten piece of bubble gum.

 But my friends, I do want to share life. I want to share life with that special someone.

I want to share the joys and even the struggles of being a family together.

I want someone to hold my hand and share in my tears when I am sad.

I want someone to share laughter and love with.

I want someone who will hold my hair and wrap me in nice warm blankets and take care of me when those germs someone shared with me enter into my body.

I want to share so much but I am trusting in God; trusting in God who hears my prayers and shares the desires of my heart; who knows exactly who I am as a child of God.

I believe in this God who reminds me that God is boss and is orchestrating my life into a beautiful symphony; where every note comes into perfect harmony  with the instruments around it.

And I patiently wait for the day when those notes come into perfect harmony and God brings that special Godly man into my life who I can share life with.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Who is Boss?

Sometimes God has this sneaky way of confirming things to us, doesn't he? The other day I picked up a devotional off of my dresser to read that day's reading. This devotional is a book my friend Sue shared with me last August and I have been enjoying it ever since. The devotional is "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in his Presence" by Sarah Young. Each devotional reading is written from Jesus' perspective.

And these were the words that I read that night: "Approach this day with awareness of who is boss. As you make plans for the day, remember that it is I who orchestrate the events of your life. On days when things go smoothly, according to your plans, you may be unaware of my sovereign presence. On days when your plans are thwarted, be on the lookout for me! I may be doing something important in your life, something quite different from what you expected. It is essential at such times to stay in communication with me, accepting my way as better than yours. Don't try to figure out what is happening. Simply trust me and thank me in advance for the good that will come out of it all. I know the plans I have for you and they are good." (Sarah Young; Jesus Calling Devotional)

BOOM!!! Mic drop!!!

Yep that is exactly how I felt when I read that devotional the other night. God whispering to me, "Do not be afraid! Trust me!" As "brave" chose me, I have found myself wishing another word had found its way into my heart and head. In fact, every time I type my one word "brave" I find myself shaking in my boots *a little* or maybe *a lot*. Yet these words are confirming to me that God is with me on this journey of being brave. God is the one who orchestrates the events of my life. God indeed knows the plans God has for me and they are good.

And my friends God indeed knows the plans God has for you too and they are good!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Here I Am Lord, Send Me!

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "Send." Write for five minutes; unedited.

"Here I am Lord, Send Me!"

Do we truly believe these words? Or do we run and hide as we say them for ourselves? Yet there is such a gift in trusting in the call to be one of God's disciples in the world.

Earlier this week, I shared about the 5th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake and the death of my camp friend Renee's husband Ben. Ben, Renee, and Ben's cousin Jon were in Haiti because they had been sent their to help teach about the Lutheran church there. They were staying and volunteering at St. Josephs School for Boys when the earthquake hit. Renee and Jon somehow were able to get out of the rubble but Ben breathed his last breaths as it was believed he sang the words "God's peace to us we pray." Today Jon and Renee are married and both serving as Pastors. In fact, they are expecting their first child any day now.

"Here I am Lord, Send Me!"

My friend Nicole and her husband Rob were sent to Bulgaria last year to pick up their newly adopted daughter. This adoption process began over three years ago, but now their daughter is at home with them. What if they hadn't heard the words proclaimed to them to be E's family...

"Here I am Lord, Send Me!"

Being sent to seminary, starting my last call, leaving that call and starting this new call....were all times when I was afraid to take the next step. Yet God kept urging me to say those words and to trust him fully in saying them...

"Here I am Lord, Send Me!"

God continually calls us to be God's Servants in the world.
God calls me...God calls YOU!

"Here I am Lord, Send Me!"
"Here we are Lord, Send Us!"

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Little Wednesday Music

A little bit of music for your Wednesday afternoon. It is amazing to me how much more aware of my #oneword365 "brave" I am aware of than I was before I chose that word as my word for the year. I recently heard this song and smiled when I saw the title. It is called "You Make Me Brave" by Amanda Cook and Bethel Music.

Happy Wednesday friends!

Monday, January 12, 2015

To Remember....

Remember="to have or keep an image or idea in your mind of (something or someone from the past)"; "to cause (something) to come back into your mind;" "to keep (information) in your mind;" or "to not forget something."

This morning I woke up and immediately began to "remember." Five years ago today, the earthquake struck in Haiti. My friend Renee (we worked at Bible camp together), her husband Ben and Ben's cousin Jon were in Haiti when the earthquake hit. Ben lost his life that day. It is believed that his last words were breathed as he sang the words "God's peace to us we pray" and then it was silent.

I was in Gettysburg Pennsylvania that January day. I was a small group leader for the Diaconal Ministry Formation Event (all diaconal minister candidates are required to do the formation event.) My small group and I were talking about prayer that Tuesday morning when one of my students said she wanted to share a song with us. She pulled it up on her laptop and we strained to listen to this beautiful song. The song was song by Jon and Ben and talked about "hands parted after prayer like cups raised to receive." (The words were  words of a poem that a seminary classmate wrote). So that morning we listened to the song and than later that afternoon we found out that the earthquake had taken place. Immediately my IM box was popping up with messages from friends letting me know that Ben, Jon, and Renee were in Haiti for a J-term class and that they had not been heard from yet.

For several days after, as you can imagine, there was much confusion. On Thursday morning, one of my students and a dear friend called and asked me where I was. I told her my hotel room and she asked if she could come to me. The minute I hung up the phone that morning I knew that something was wrong. Shera came to my door and informed me that it was confirmed that Ben was gone. We cried and held each other. We proceeded to breakfast where we were asked by the rest of our group if we had heard anything. Shera couldn't get the words out. I was on auto-pilot and all I could keep repeating was "Ben's gone." From breakfast, we gathered in the chapel and worshipped together. When it came time for communion, tears welled up in our eyes as we recalled the words from the song we had heard just a few mornings before "hands parted after prayer like cups raised to receive."

After worship, we all went to our small groups. My small group was in charge of leading worship that night. The girls decided that they still wanted to continue with our original plan; to sing the song "Freedom is Coming" etc. We made one small change; to play Ben's version of Psalm 30 as individuals entered into worship that night. "Weeping may come for the night, but joy comes with the morning." (Now you understand why this verse has become one of my faves). The next day, at the airport, we found a blog post where someone posted Ben's sermon from his senior year at Luther College. It talked about how the song "Freedom is Coming" was one of the most influential songs in his life. (Anyone else get goosebumps. I know I did that day...and still do!)

It is hard to believe that it has been five years today since the earthquake hit. I found myself waking up this morning. My cell phone clock confirmed today as January 12th. Grief has a way of swooping in and declaring to us the date even before we realize what day it is. Today I was reminded of that again. Immediately I took a breathe and began remembering.

And throughout the day I was continually reminded of the promise of hope and Resurrection. A couple of friends texted to say they were thinking of me today. I went to start my car this morning and an envelope was taped to my driver's side window. I opened the envelope. Inside was a note talking about how it wasn't it much but hopefully it would brighten my day. With the note was a McDonalds gift card. Then from there, I got to spend the day with one of my dearest friends and dear colleagues as I headed to our YouthWorkers meeting. We spent the day talking about the ELCA Youth Gathering this next summer and tips we wished we knew when we went for the first time. Tonight at Curves, I shared the story of Ben, Renee, and Jon and the promise of hope and Resurrection.

And today Renee and Jon are married and expecting a baby. What a beautiful promise of hope and Resurrection! Ben's music still lives on. (Check out the website Ben Still Sings) Another reminder of hope and Resurrection! And for me Psalm 30 especially Ben's version will always hold a special place in my heart. It is currently playing as I type this post and it is such a breath of fresh air for my soul. It is a song that continually reminds me of the power of hope and the power of Resurrection. (However sometimes grief does sneak in and cause the tears to is one of those days)

Mourning into Dancing (Click here to listen to Ben's version of Psalm 30)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Fallon, Kidman, and Clooney

Earlier this past week, Jimmy Fallon had Nicole Kidman as a guest on his show. The whole piece was about how he blew a chance to date her. If you haven't watched this, you must watch THIS! (So funny! It totally is worth it to watch the full nine minutes)

And then later this week, a friend introduced me to a piece by Annie Downs. Annie's post was totally a post that touched my heart. (Thanks for leading me to it KA!) Annie talks about how God hears us. God sees us. You can read Annie's post here: What I Learned about God from Nicole and Jimmy

Then tonight another celebrity reminded me that it's never too late. George Clooney got up to accept his Cecille B DeMille Lifetime achievement award. He was talking about how everyone in the room is a winner. But then he got kind of teary eyed and talked about how incredible it is to find someone to love. He then proceeded to say "especially when you have waited 53 years for that someone to love." George's words reminded me that God does hear our every desire and our every word. Yet that is so easy to forget sometimes especially when you ache and yearn for something SO DEEPLY!!!

And this week it was three celebrities who reminded me again that God DOES hear me. God DOES know every  desire of my heart. And sometimes God needs to send simple reminders through people I see every day but also sometimes through simple conversations from people who I love to watch on the big screen.

Thank you to George, Jimmy, and Nicole for reminding me that life is a roller coaster and sometimes you miss the opportunity if you don't get on the ride. But most of all for reminding me that it is never to late to find that special someone to love. So I am continuing to choose to be brave and to trust in this one who indeed HEARS me!

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Welcome (Five Minute Friday)

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "Welcome." Write for five minutes; unedited.

There is a welcome mat laying in front of my door. A simple reminder that my door is always open. And my table is always ready to welcome another friend or family member. There is always a place for them to pull up a chair to the table. These friends and family members are always welcome here,
yet there are things I still want to welcome into my life.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love babies. My arms are always open to welcome a little one into my arms and to snuggle with them. There is something so holy about holding a precious infant in my arms. At at thirty six years old, I am so ready for a family of my own. I am so ready to be a mom and a wife. I yearn so deeply and my door is always ready to welcome these people into my life. Yet God hasn't welcomed those things into my life yet.

I know that I need to wait on God's timing and not my own. God will welcome my deepest desires into my heart if that is what God desires for me. Or God will show me new dreams to welcome into my life. And perhaps these dreams will be welcomed as I cling to my #oneword365 for this year "brave." This word is a word that I didn't really want to welcome into my life, but it is the word that chose me and that God chose for me.

Being brave, I trust that God will welcome what God knows that I need.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

A Year of New Beginnings

I am participating in this month's synchroblog (a blog where numerous bloggers blog on the same topic) which can be found at This month's synchroblog topic is posing this: To kick off the year for the Synchroblog, let’s blog about highlights of the past year, things that stirred us, shaped us, moved us. Things we loved doing and seeing and experiencing. Things that were hard but good. Things that were fun. Things we don’t want to forget. It might be your favorite post from last year or a list of highlights or a specific event. It’s a blank slate, but let’s look back together and remember. 

2014 was a year of new beginnings for me. Actually the new journey began in 2013, but towards the end of 2013 so really looking back I feel like 2014 was a year of change for me. In November of 2013, I finished a call to a church, packed up and moved 5 hours away, closer to my momma. (What a gift that has been!)

A year ago, in January of 2014, I found myself living in my very own house. (I rent it but it is so much better than living in an apartment.) It has been such a joy to make this place my own! I slowly found myself adjusting to this new normal. I definitely felt God calling me to this place, but it was also very difficult to leave the relationships I had created over the course of seven years and to make new friendships here. That, for me, was one of the hardest and scariest things that I had to do this past year.

Luckily I had amazing people who introduced me to others. And I cannot even begin to tell you how incredibly blessed I have been this past year with amazing friendships. It still has been hard to say goodbye to those friendships I made while at my last call. I met with my friend CT for the first time last February. We spent close to two hours chatting and only quit because she had to go pick up her daughter. We met again the next Monday and spent another hour plus talking. And when I was on vacation in August, they let me camp out at their house since I live so close to the church.

Along with CT, I have gotten to know KG, EG, KW and SH. These girls are in so many ways my soul sisters. I love them to pieces!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I think you get the point!) I also got to know MW as well. MW and KW moved last Spring and we have missed them every day since.

Throughout 2014, I continued to find my new normal. And feel like this place is finally home for me! I love my call. And have been blessed to serve among amazing colleagues and individuals. God indeed guided me to this place. I was completely overwhelmed this last month during the holiday season by the many who blessed me with cards and so much more. It truly is hard to put into words how much this means to me.

Being closer to my mom has meant getting to spend so much more time with her. She lives less than an hour away so I can drive to her events. For the last two Christmas parties at the nursing home, I have been able to attend them with her. What a joy that has been! Mom even is able to ride the city bus to my town a few times. It's great because the bus driver will drop her off and pick her up wherever that needs to be. My mom, sister, and I even got to spend a day together at the North Dakota State Fair this summer.

The ND State Fair was a fun time! My sister stayed with me and we had so much fun. Racing pigs, cotton candy, country music, and so much more. We even got to see some of our favorite musicians Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley. (One of the highlights in 2015 will be going on a sisters trip to Nashville together! My sister surprised me at Christmas!)

In October, I got to go to the Pacific Northwest for the first time for the ELCA Diaconal Ministry gathering. It was so much fun and I treasure the time I get to spend with my dear diaconal brothers and sisters. Also in October, I participated for the first time in the #write31 days challenge as well as in my first synchroblog. I chose to blog about Mental Illness and my families journey with mental illness. It was something that was extremely scary but also is something that I knew I needed to do. I am glad to say that I completed that challenge and was blessed by it in so many ways. I even had the opportunity to guest post on several new blogging friends blogs.

The end of the year brought about some vacation time which was wonderful. I even got to preach at my home congregation on Christmas Day. It was such a joy to spend time with my family. I hadn't been home since last Christmas. And New Years was also spent with the family. My Dad, sister, and I went on a movie date and saw Unbroken. New Years Day was also spent with the family playing our favorite card game Rook.

Wow!!! What a year 2014 has been! It definitely was a year of change and new beginnings. It also was a year in which I grew into my #oneword365 for 2014 "gentle." As I look back, I know that I am a much gentler person than I was a year ago. I also know that I was blessed in so many ways in 2014. So looking back and now looking forward, I know that God is with me every step of the way. My oneword365 for 2015 is brave (I shake in my boots every time I type that word) but I pray for God to guide and bless 2015 as I live into that word for this year.

This blog was written in conjunction with a SynchroBlog on the topic "Looking Back, Looking Forward." Bloggers looking back and looking forward this month:

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Sunday Blessings 63

(1) More road tripping with the sis

(2) Time with Gma and Gpa

(3) Spending time with my sister, aunt and uncle.

(4) Movie date to see Unbroken with my sis and Dad

(5) Receiving my replacement phone so quickly

(6) Texting a few friends at midnight

(7) Watching the Rose Bowl Parade with my sis and C

(8) New Years Day Fun with the family

(9) A mailbox overflowing with mail; Christmas cards, #fmfpartysnailmail and so much more.

(10) A good day for a road trip back home

(11) A couple of Confirmation youth coming up for the children's sermon at the 830 am service. It was a light worship attendance; not many kids.

(12) Lots of people glad to see me back today

(13) A text from a friend letting me know I sounded mighty fine on the radio this am

(14) Christening my new waffle maker! Yum!!

(15) Texting with my dear friend MW

(16) Talking to my momma on the phone

(17) An unexpected call from a Dilworth parishioner. So fun to hear from her!

(18) My sister texting me to let me know that the kitties like their Christmas present. In fact Tigger likes it so much. She didn't want to share!

Saturday, January 03, 2015

The Cowardly Lion and Being Brave (My One Word 365 for 2015)

My friend Ben aka "the little brother I always wanted" has always been a huge fan of the Wizard of Oz. I don't know what it is about the movie; the fantasy, the imagination, the good guys winning, etc that is his favorite. Whatever the reason, I have come to really enjoy this movie as well. Yes, there are many scary aspects to the movie but the scary stuff is outweighed by the good stuff! :)

I love all the characters in the movie, but my fave is the cowardly lion; this one who is in need of courage. Yet when they come to the wizard, the wizard tells him that he has always had "courage."

As a reminder, this is what the Wizard said to the cowardly lion, "As for you, my fine friend — you're a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate delusion that simply because you run away from danger, you have no courage. You're confusing courage with wisdom! Back where I come from though we have men who are called heroes. Once a year, they take their fortitude out of mothballs and parade it down the main street of the city. And they have no more courage than you have. But — They have one thing that you haven't got! A medal! Therefore, for meritorious conduct, extraordinary valor, conspicuous bravery against Wicked Witches, I award you the Triple Cross. You are now a member of the Legion of Courage!" (Wizard of Oz;

The lion stands his ground many times throughout the movie. I want to be more like the cowardly lion! So my friends, with that in mind, my oneword 365 for 2015 is "brave." According to Mirriam Webster's dictionary, the word brave as an adjective is defined as: "having or showing courage," or "making a fine show." And then as a verb, it means "to face or endure with courage" or "obsolete; to make showy." The word brave also is a noun "one who is brave." Each of these definitions hit me in the gut. Last year my one word 365 was gentle and I was definitely shaped by that word. However there were a few times last year when I thought my one word should have been "courage."
And this year, I feel like my word "brave" chose me. It is one of those words that just kept coming back to me and I knew it was meant to be my word this year. It is a word that was a huge part of my write 31 days journey. I think often being brave also means being vulnerable! I am excited (and perhaps even a little scared) to see where brave will lead me in 2015.

I don't need a medal. However I'll admit that it would be pretty cool to own my very own medal! I need to show courage. I am not sure what that might look like. But I do hope that I am able to parade with courage; with bravery. As a single 36 year old female, I am tired of waiting for my Mr. Right. I am weary. I yearn so deeply to be a momma. Perhaps being brave for me will mean looking at other options; adoption, etc. I have no idea where this word will lead me in 2015 but I do know that it will shape me and who I am. And I will continue to pray for the ways that God might shape me as I live into this word this year.

And I think this song by  Sara Barielles will be my oneword theme song for this year! It's such a catchy video and song...and I indeed want to be brave!

Friday, January 02, 2015

Top Ten Blog Posts of 2014

Hi Friends! Glad to be back here blogging again. Had a great time with my family over Christmas! Looking back over the past year...these are the top ten blog posts here at Praying on the Prairie. Enjoy!

(10) A Broken Heart---"For I am sure that neither death nor life...nor anything else...will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus" I read these words and I know that they are true. Yet at times like this when we hear of another school shooting, I find myself having a hard time trusting in them....

(9) Being Brave---What am I doing? Yep that is the thought that is swirling in my head today as I begin day one of the #write31days challenge. I have blogged for a month on my blog before but never on one single topic. And the topic that I am choosing to write on for my first time is not an easy topic to talk about either....

(8)Still Waiting For My Happily Ever After---"Happily ever after". As a little girl, that is how all those fairytales I watched seemed to end. The princess always seemed to find her Prince Charming. The bad guy always seemed to be defeated and the good guy always seemed to come out on top...

(7) Dear Grief---Dear grief, You find a way into my head and my heart especially during this holiday season...

(6) A Season of Singleness---This is not at all how I imagined my life! Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted to be a mom. My sister and I would play with our Cabbage Patch dolls. We would spend hours playing with our dolls and caring for them like a mother cares for her child/children...

(5) Breaking the Silence---"I think I am going to have a nervous breakdown. I 
cannot begin to tell you how these ten words grate on my nerves. For me it is 
like fingernails on a chalkboard. I want to turn to the person who ignorantly has 
said them and reply with "No, you don't want to. I can tell you all about what it is like".....

(4) My First Ever Guest Post---Hi friends! I am participating in my first ever 

guest post today...

(3) 31 Days On---My friend Anna who blogs at Girl with Blog introduced me to the 

31 Days challenge which was started at the Nesting Place. The idea is to blog for 31 
days straight on one topic. Wooo....31 days on one single topic. That's a lot of writing...
but for some reason, I was feeling especially compelled to try it this year....

(2) Out of the Pit---"Keep in touch with it because it is at those moments of pain where

you are most open to the pain of other people – most open to your own deep places. Keep in touch with those sad times because.....

(1) Sunday Blessings #18---Talking to a dear friend on messenger from my previous congregation; That same friend telling me how hard it is to fill my shoes. (Made me feel good)....