A Simple Way to Reset


At 4:30 I start looking forward to the evening walk,

before the second shift starts: dinner, bath time, dishes (sometimes), bedtime, and squeezed in there somewhere a time for me to take a walk or a jog.

I walk around my parents neighborhood for now, until our home is renovated and we move in.

I walk off the tension of the waiting game, this transition place of not having our own space yet.

I walk with vague visions of creative dreams/future things, wondering how and if and when; doubtful, hopeful all in one. And sometimes walking with them allows me to sort through them. Sometimes walking with them helps me release them with each step.

This walk is like a reset button.

Reset the rush with a gentle hush.

Reset what’s restless with a calm connected centeredness.


And I pass the willow tree. My favorite tree in the neighborhood.

And I take pictures of the sky.

And I come to a fountain.

A symbol of scripture

an image of psalms

a soothing sound

“For with me is the fountain of life, in your light we see light” Psalms 36:9

a tangible reminder

at the end of a day that is long.

The migrating birds fly over my head. and I take another picture.


finding a beauty that is gentle and a hope that is both kind and strong

on an evening walk.











Weekend Care Package


Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:8

A Prayer

You know if we are weary, if we are grieving, if we are stressed. You know if we are busy, if we are lonely, if we are waiting. You know the season we are in, and you know what what we need before we ask.

Help us move into the weekend with trust.

We open our hands faced up to the sky in surrender, in thanksgiving, and in receiving. 

We need You.

In Jesus Name 


Links I Love

Lectio Divina, Moving into Rest by Molly Smith

Because meditating on scriptures about rest sounds like a good idea.

Autumn #Selah by Laurie Tomlinson

Because this simple post speaks to my heart; lightness and gentleness. It also inspires me to look for selah moments this weekend.

The Spiritual Discipline of Idleness, Solitude, and Daydreaming by Shelly Miller

Because sometimes we need encouragement to be silent and to be still.

Instagram Inspiration


“An empty cup can be  a good sign. With a reeling mind and a generous exchange of ideas.”




A Day of Anne

“What if the true artistic work is being fully yourself in the presence of God and others?

What if the book, the painting, the meal, the presentation, and the project were all simply evidence of a deeper art happening within the soul of an artist?

Art is what happens when you dare to be who you really are.

Whatever comes out as a result of that – whether you teach, sing, build, write, love, help, or calculate; if you cook, parent, lead, clean, organize, or listen – these are evidence of a person who is fully alive.” – Emily P Freeman, The Quiet Collection


This weekend my friend Brenda  hosted a get together at her house called A Day of Anne, an Anne of Green Gables themed day. And as my friend Erin describes perfectly;  “We feasted. We cried together. We ended with carrot cake as we watched romance bloom. ”

Brenda kept saying even if the actual event never happened, just the planning was worth it to her because of how she enjoyed the process.

“Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them.” LM Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Can I just tell you she poured so much love and life into each detail. There was a menu for the day with raspberry cordial, pan-fried onion dip, end-of-summer corn dip, Gilbert’s fishing for trout dip, Prince Edward Island potato soup, Anne’s chopped salad, Marilla’s plum puffs, and carrot cake with “white way of delight” frosting and much more.

She sent us home with homemade caramel for apple dipping, chrysanthemum tea, and a lovely print with a quote from the book.

I met two new friends and their adorable daughters at this Day of Anne. Brenda was right in thinking we would all be kindred spirits! Nothing like a book to help people connect.

That evening, Nellie, one of the friends I made shared a quote;

“Because for some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfold world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. ” Anne Patchett, Bird by Bird

I am thankful for Lucy Maud Montgomery and her book Anne of Green Gables. I am thankful for Brenda, and the special day she created and hosted for us.


Let us continue to move towards those things which spark joy in our hearts. Let us continue to be generous with our love and our talents.


And now a favorite quote of mine from Anne:

“Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer.”

And here is some fresh perspective and fashion advice from Lucy, upon her first time seeing the movie that day. It made made us all laugh;

“Those puffy sleeves sure make Anne’s head look small.” -Lucy, 4th grade



To the Rescue


Scattered on the floor to the left of my computer are Oliver’s Paw Patrol toys.

In front of me on the coffee table I can see his Paw Patrol water bottle.

If you go to our bathroom you will find the Paw Patrol step stool.

And outside on the back patio next to his bike rests a Paw Patrol helmet.

If you haven’t heard of Paw Patrol, it’s simply a kids show about rescue dogs, and it’s one of Oliver’s favorite things right now.

As Oliver plays out scenarios with his Paw Patrol Pups including volcanoes, storms, and monsters I often hear him belt out the phrase “to the rescue!”. I smile and giggle.

This past week, as I was following the Sacred Ordinary Days Bible reading plan and trying to tune out the background noise; most likely Oliver singing the Paw Patrol theme song, I read Jonah’s prayer and Psalms 18; both prayers about rescue.


The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.
When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.

Jonah 2:5-7

He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

Psalms 18:16-19

I love those scriptures.

I have found one way God rescues me and strengthens me is through gentleness. Which is the heart behind my blog and what I hope to offer my readers; a gentle place to gather strength.

When this strengthening happens, I don’t hear a loud voice shouting “to the rescue” and usually I am not in an extreme circumstance. But I still know in my heart that a rescue is taking place. God is guiding me and sustaining me.

He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters. Psalms 18:16

Everyday is another day I pray,

then I wait and watch

for His rescue;

An extended hand, or a little nudge.

A dose of healing;

maybe as small as

a drop of oil,

a text from my husband,

a hug from Oliver,

a short simple scripture; Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

And I feel the love pulling me up out of the pit, or if I am in a spacious place I feel the love continuing to sustain me.

Sometimes it is subtle and sometimes it is spectacular; but it is a constant prayer in my heart.

A need I know I have;

“Every hour I need thee.”

In a self-sufficient, be independent culture, my heart has found gentleness in God’s word. I read it and I feel understood. The scripture affirms what I know and what others don’t seem to always acknowledge; that we need constant help and hope. We need God’s grace and saving power even in the ordinary moments of life.


Weekend Care Package


May this weekend bring with it a cozy comfort.

Here are my favorite finds from around the web.

Hope you enjoy.

“And may you remember – no matter how weary you might feel – that you are the dust and the brushstroke, the weak empowered, the broken made whole, a human megaphone for the glory of God.” Emily P Freeman, The Quiet Collection

Links I Love

The Ministry of Netflix by Marian Vischer

A Two Step Formula for Feeling Better When I’m Down by Aimee Kollmansberger

How to Live with Creativity (as a human) by Emily Jeffords

31 Days of Poetry & Writing Prompts (Trees) by Angela Parlin