Friday, September 19, 2014

Forgotten- Now Gift


The never-used phone book came down
 from the front closet shelf today.
Trying to find the address of a friend.

Guess it has been a year since
 I flipped the pages looking
 for a number or address.

Just google it anymore.
And then….
a brilliant red leaf fell onto the floor.

and another, and another.
Maple leaves and soft furry lamb's ear.

Laid carefully between the pages for a year.
Pressed down flat and
preserved between the black-inked
newsprint.

Waiting to be the gift.
Waiting to surprise.
Waiting to herald the 
days of full color 
quickly zooming our way
on the calendar.

Promise and Patience.
Laid out to quietly invite the 
colors-
Home Again.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sweet Gatherings



A lunch gathering of friends-
Sweet Annie wafting in the breeze 
with the sunny yellow roses.

Catching up
Laughing 
Sharing heart.

 Planning an Advent gathering-
The Greatest Gift.
This baby that changes 
everything.

Warm breeze
September light
dances
across the 
afternoon
with the blessing of 
friendship.






Monday, September 15, 2014

Intercessory Visual Prayers


The prayers of just one weekend.

Meeting people- 
hearing their Needs, 
Joys and Challenges.


Too overwhelmed to know just what to pray.
A verse to center the blessing of prayer 
over these ministry workers and their families.



The outpouring of a heart 
that may have no words.
Collected on a 4 by 6 index card.


One simple Bible verse to hold together
 the lifting up.
The lines and tangles simply keep me focused.
To not stray, forget what I am doing, 
to tussle with distractions.


The Family names.
The Children.
The Church families.
The Neighborhoods.



 Placed simply here, Lord, to hand to you.
And turn it all over to you.
The healing. 
The illnesses.
The hurts.
The beginnings.
The congregations.
The celebrations.


Given as gifts. 
Copied to continue the prayers.

Collected here:
praying-for-the-southeastern-district

Won't you join me here in these prayers?
For the sake of the Kingdom.


Notes for making the visual prayer cards:
These stamps are from this source:
Bible verse stamps

add small scale other stamps to "start" a blank card
can add magazine cutouts for variety
There is no "wrong" way
 to do these intercessory prayer cards.
Go ahead- Bless others!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Arise and Shine- InstaQuote- Favorite Apps



My daughter Jessica took this photo at
 Greenfield Village, in Dearborn Michigan.


She loved the paring of this verse with the photo.
Any photo on your iphone can become "Visual Bible."
Or perhaps there is a quote from a favorite author
 that makes sense to put together with a photo.

As we share our world in photos on the internet- 
you can easily bring "Good News".



I decided in my understanding
 as my calling to be a deployed digital missionary
to invest in some helpful tools.

With an investment of a couple
 of the App updates- for $3.99,
 I was able to find user friendly screens, fonts, 
and uploads to take what I am reading, 
make a visible marker,
 and share in social media.


Or even what I am thinking 
about today in my own head.
Marking the journey.


How do we share the "great thinking"
 of people of faith in our  tradition?
We create the visual- ourselves.


God's Word is the very best place we can
find words of hope, grace and encouragement.

What words would you like to
 grace the internet with this week?

What are you reading about?
What are you thinking about?

Create words of blessing-
to be shared-
one post at a time. 




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BE STILL and KNOW

  Somedays you just have to
 take a deep breath….
 recalibrate..

REST, KNOW and BE.
and let
GOD be GOD.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Build Your Kingdom Here

This was waiting for me in the mail-
 when I got back from some time in Michigan.
A sweet friend knows how much I love this song.

And her "good-eye"
 found the "Constance" button card.
Very special when a gift is made with such 
thoughtfulness and care.

The song is from this album by the group -
Rend Collective.
(They have dropped the "Experiment"-
 think cause it has worked.)


click above to have a listen-

Going to hear them LIVE-
 in the middle of this month.

These words have become my daily prayer.
And sometimes I just have to dance-
 when I say my prayers.

Thank you to my friend Donna V.W.-
for this special gift "with Heart".

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Here and about- Greenfield Village-- Part 2

Late summer is a great time to visit here
 when everything is in full bloom.

a bit about this Village:
The Henry Ford is a large indoor and outdoor
 history museum complex and a
 National Historic Landmark
 in the Metro Detroit Suburb of Dearborn, Michigan.
Named for its founder, 
the noted automobile industrialist
 Henry Ford, and based on his desire 
to preserve items of historical significance
 and portray the Industrial Revolution, 
the property houses a vast array of famous homes,
 machinery, exhibits, and Americana.
 The collection contains many rare exhibits
 including John F. Kennedy's presidential limousine,
 Abraham Lincoln's chair from Ford's Theater,
 Thomas Edison's laboratory, 
the Wright Brother's bicycle shop,
 and the Rosa Parks bus.

Our outing day included mostly walking by
 and viewing some of the homes and shops
 moved to the Village.


This home also has much of the original furniture

 of the Wright family

 set up exactly how they used it.



The Wright Brothers Bicycle shop
They built the plane they flew at Kitty Hawk
 in the back of this shop.


This plane was assembled in pieces
 in the back of the bike shop.


This was so amazing----
 still thinking about this and the time line
 for their genius.




This house was built on land owned
 by Stephen Foster's father and moved here in 1934.







Also included in the Village are:

 Luther Burbank's office,
  
the growing up home of Noah Webster,

the Logan County, Illinois Courthouse where Abraham

 Lincoln practiced law,

a replica of Thomas Edison's Menlo Park

 laboratory in New Jersey

 and Robert Frost's home. 








Auntie Jess and Griffin

Thanks!
for the delight of a day here
together.