This past week one of my dearest friends, after getting her son off for his freshman year at college, turned around and drove south with her daughter to help her settle into a new home for graduate school.  As she was sitting in the hotel lobby, we started to get caught up on the details of these momentous life events when something came up on the TV there and she asked if I knew about the events in Barcelona, Paris, and Charlottesville.  Frankly, beyond Charlottesville, I was unaware of the maddening attacks.  I had hardly been home all week and mostly absent from social media and news media. My … [Read more...]

    This morning I read this verse from 1 Corinthians and sort of felt like it was a slap in the face. Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.  1 Corinthians 13:4-5 As I think back over the past 24 hours I know I had moments of impatience, selfishness, envy, and pride.  I wanted my own way and though I probably didn't notice it, was probably irritable or touchy.  Grudge … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by!   Here it is, almost a week before Valentine's Day! So often we focus on the romantic side of Valentine's Day and yet we all are not in a place where romance is a part of our lives.  BUT... we all need love.  We need to love and be loved.  We need people.  We can't walk this journey alone, can we? The best way I know to be loved is to love others. Maybe if we focus on others and loving others well, when we get to the end of our lives we'll be like the velveteen rabbit.  And what could be better? Let's do our best to remember this... “Keep love … [Read more...]

Several days a week I walk past this church. This day, the sun was beginning to set.  It was what I call the golden hour.  The sky was an intense blue and the church, which seems to usually be shaded, was illuminated. I wanted to share this golden moment with you.  The photos were edited and ready to insert into this post.  And then I struggled.  Wrestled, really.  Today something happened that I had to continually stand against with the shield of faith and the sword of the spirit. It involved a church.     I believe in the church. Ideally once we choose to follow Christ we need to be … [Read more...]

  Happy Valentine's Day! On this day of hearts... red and white and words inspiration to live a life of Love.   Images ~ White Keyhole :: Sweater Heart :: Heart Knocker     Images ~ Red Door :: Tin Heart     Images ~ Barn & Banner :: Heart Cookies :: Gift :: Ticking Hearts :: White Twigs     Images ~ Red Mug :: Red Door :: Patterned Heart   And now I leave you with this.... "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." Mother Teresa OO & XX Diane P.S. This photo gallery is an … [Read more...]

  The other day I wanted to do something fun for St. Valentine's Day. And I wanted to do it quick. Let me present to you this sweet...   Framed 3-D Valentine Heart  & Tutorial   This is a quick and easy bit of Valentine home decor to make.... using a photo frame, a piece of fabric, magazine pages, scissors, and glue.     This day of love will be here before you know it!   Here is a great way to use things you already have on hand to create a sweet, heart-moment for that perfect spot that needs just a little bit of loving. But before we take off on our little … [Read more...]

Day 28   If you knew you were fully and completely loved.... Would it change the way you live? Would you think more highly of yourself? Would you be more confident? What would be different?         We have an amazingly faithful, extraordinarily loving God who created each of us uniquely and is head-over-heels crazy about you and me.   This week you may feel... anything but pretty... or that no one cares or notices you... or that you can't bear another burden... or that ___________ (you fill in the blank)... or maybe all of … [Read more...]

Love. I want it.  You want it. More than anything in this world... We. Want. To. Be. Loved. Joy!   We are loved. You are loved.  I am loved. We are loved by the God of the universe. Each of us individually. We are his creation. We are his treasure. Oh... How He Loves Us. Art.  Beautifully created by Chrissie Grace. It's my prayer today. {Chrissie Grace}   Will you make it yours?     Want to feel and know love? My heart was moved by this. Please listen..... Kim Walker - How He loves us - YouTube. What does it look like to be flooded with HIS … [Read more...]