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day 93 – you don’t have to be miss america to be like the proverbs 31 woman (but it’s okay if you are)

In thoughts on God, thoughts on people on November 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm

i love proverbs 31.  timeless beauty, heart, and a phenomenal example of a woman who loves the Lord.

notice, seamless conversational skills, unbeatable charm, a teensy waistline and perfect skin, pinterest-worthy outfits, a million dollars and super-success not included. (but not excluded, either, ya know?)

her husbands heart trusts in her.

she is wise

she sows seeds for the future

she goes the extra mile to care for the people around her, even her helpers,

she opens her hands to the poor and reaches out to the needy!

she dresses herself in anthropologie….

oh wait, woops!  she dresses herself in strength and dignity.

when she speaks, it is wisdom and kindness.

isn’t that beautiful?

she takes the beauty in her heart and puts it on all the things and people around her.


day 92 – near silent places

In poetry on November 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

my heart feels like an empty boat dock

a quiet off-season bay

a wind-blown flag line against the pole

my heart feels like near silent places

chilly wooden houses

cold saltwater breezes.

this place in my heart, there is nothing to do really

but take slow walks to get coffee

say hello to the people who see me,

the few people still left in town.

day 91 – nighttime

In poetry on November 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

a tall glass of water and a pillow for my head

cool, fresh water and a warm, clean bed.

the wind is blowing heavy sending storm in winter’s stead

i can hear it on my window like there’s something to be said,

sounding purposed in its movements like i’m purposed in my own

shaven legs between the bed sheets, showered hair on collar bone.

silence all around the house except the rain and windy hum,

as i settle into sleeping til the night is spent and gone.

day 90 – reasons i like opening at the mall

In thoughts on me, thoughts on things on November 28, 2011 at 3:12 pm

so i’ve been working at the mall for the holidays

and i factored in the expected craziness, the crowds, the terrible parking situation, traffic, fumbling over sensors and basically being a newbie at the busiest time of year

but i didn’t expect finding a little delight!

most of my shifts so far have been opening, and i have loved getting to the mall

when hardly anyone is there,

just other employees and old people with their sneakers on, walking laps,

and everything is decorated and lit up,

and the christmas music is playing, echoing through the empty halls,

and i can just sit there for a few minutes and enjoy how beautiful it all looks and how nice the music is while drinking my coffee.

it’s actually really fun, and a little magical!

i feel like i’m in the movies and

i may or may not picture myself dancing around singing along.

and that’s a pretty nice way to usher in the Christmas Spirit while working one of the most despised positions in all of retail history,

the holiday hire.

day 89 – sunday music corner

In thoughts on things on November 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

i have a goal,

and it is to learn to play clawhammer banjo like this girl

Sarah Jarosz, 20, from Austin, Texas

day 88 – a few things i’ve been reminding myself

In thoughts on things on November 25, 2011 at 12:59 am

stay warm

in your heart, smile, and servitude

(many things will tell you to turn hard or cold.  don’t listen.)


be light

in your attitude

(you don’t want to look back and laugh at how serious you were about something that wasn’t that serious at all)


be willing and flexible

for your plan to be interrupted by the needs of others, even those who haven’t “earned” that from you

(this makes you feel really great – like really great – inside when you can do this, because it’s the heart of Jesus)

day 87 – thanks!

In thoughts on God, thoughts on me on November 24, 2011 at 12:32 am

for the love of God

(the fullest, most complete, most irrational and unconditional love!)

the blood and life and righteousness of Jesus

(the prettiest garments i know)

the presence of His Spirit

(the best friend i have)

for my sweet family who loves me

for my wonderful friend-family

my heated blanket and a place to sleep

food in my fridge and pantry

laughter, grace, glory, favor

north carolina skies, forests, mountains, food, coast, smells

forever learning

for God teaching me beautiful and amazing and difficult lessons because He loves me that much

counter culture el salvador coffee



the heart of thankfulness illuminates the character and love of God!

i want it every day.

happy thanksgiving!

day 86 – to the mountains

In poetry on November 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

take me to the mountains.

take me where i cannot hear

the traffic in the streets

sirens’ distant screams,

where the traffic inside of me

fades into kettle screeching

and foggy hillside mornings.

where i can look out of the window

to where cold is settling deep

and look forever and think and dream

warm, quiet, serene

and steal away from the bustling.

take me to the mountains.

day 85 – nothin like it

In thoughts on things on November 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm

there’s nothing like

a fresh coat of nail polish

a jane austen novel-turned-movie

a tall cup of juice

an at-home facial

and comfy Pjs.

day 84 – to be needy

In thoughts on God, thoughts on things on November 21, 2011 at 11:13 pm

knowing your neediness is a good thing.


it’s a great thing.

the Lord loves when we recognize our state of utter neediness before him.

Jesus said,

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them.”

poor here speaks of an abject poverty, a beggarly sort of poverty, stooping low (Deffinbaugh).

the kind of poverty looked down upon.

neediness can be so despised in the natural,

like if you are needy, you are a kind of cancer to the people around you.

but it’s been kind of nice to get “poor” training in the natural,

where I have a unique opportunity learn the literal truth of God as Provider, Protector, and Father,

and to identify with the feeling of neediness.

and he calls this sort of feeling blessed before him!

blessed are the objectly impoverished in spirit,

for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them.