If you’re a creature of habit like me, you might agree that routine is our groove. It gives rhyme and reason to our day. Our routine seems to set everything right in our little world. But what happens when our little world shifts? What happens when our routine collides with possibility? Possibility wrapped in the … Continue reading Routine
Sometimes the path forward is standing still and letting God speak. Listen. He will make it clear.
Justified lies still lie Selfishly protecting comfort Desperately hoarding acceptance Necessary truths left unsaid Denying their power to set free -LAS “Instead we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church.” - Ephesians 4:15 (NLT)
When I think of God’s goodness, I alternate between tears of gratitude and dances of joy. But maybe you’re thinking “God is good? How is that true with all that’s happening in the world? With all that’s happening in my life?” Because God’s goodness is not conditional. Goodness is His nature. He is always present, … Continue reading God’s Goodness
I’d stopped and started more times than I could count. Waded into the water only to quickly retreat to the familiarity of the shore. What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I needed to do something different. I needed accountability. I’d done writing conferences and workshops … Continue reading The Blessing of Accountability
Understanding what was The gift of hindsight The wisdom of experience At peace with what is Reconciling expectations Forgiving what can’t be known Hopeful for what will be Buoyed by promise Walking by faith Envisioning endless possibilities A New Thing. -LAS “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do … Continue reading A New Thing
Around this time last year, I tried my hand at microfiction with The Writer Magazine’s 100-word contest. I don’t consider myself a fiction writer but, with time and a $10 entry fee to spare, I thought “Why not?!” So color me shocked when I finished as 1 of 50 semi-finalists. Ok. Not bad. Was I … Continue reading “Why Not?!”
She thought of suicide today No dark obsession No detailed plan Just a fleeting moment With the weight of the world on her shoulders Her mind teetering on the edge “What if?” She thought of suicide today And felt ashamed Comparing her plight A life seemingly uncomplicated Despising her weakness She thought of suicide today … Continue reading She Thought of Suicide
If you’re scratching your head thinking “Wait. What happened? Barnabas Blessings? I thought this was The Published Journey. Is this right? Am I in the right place?” Yes! Same blog, different name. Let me explain… Who is Barnabas? Acts 4:36 introduces Joseph, nicknamed by the apostles, Barnabas, meaning Son of Encouragement. He was known for … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
“I grew up with quilts like these.” I remembered the quilts folded in closets, spread across beds and laid on floors as pallets. I remembered sleeping soundly tucked under their heavy warmth. To my young eyes they were just fabric scraps stitched together, a colorful hodgepodge, a mosaic of everyday life. So as I stood … Continue reading Ordinary’s Impact