Broken for You

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.'” Luke 22: 17-20

“Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.'” Luke 22:34

And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, ‘This man was with him.’ But he denied it. ‘Woman, I don’t know him,’ he said. A little later someone else saw him and said, ‘You also are one of them.’ ‘Man, I am not!’ Peter replied. About an hour later another asserted, ‘Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.’ Peter replied, ‘Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!’ Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: ‘Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.’ And he went outside and wept bitterly.” Luke 22:55-62

‘Because you have rejected this message,
    relied on oppression
    and depended on deceit,
this sin will become for you
    like a high wall, cracked and bulging,
    that collapses suddenly, in an instant.
It will break in pieces like pottery,
    shattered so mercilessly
that among its pieces not a fragment will be found
    for taking coals from a hearth
    or scooping water out of a cistern.’

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:

‘In repentance and rest is your salvation,
    in quietness and trust is your strength,
    but you would have none of it.'” Isaiah 30:12-15

In the Body

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7


It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’  When he had said this, he breathed his last.” Luke 23:44-47

“Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.'” John 20:21-22


“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

“One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.”  Psalm 27:4

10 Things I am Passionate About

The following 10 things make me so happy! I love to talk about them, showcase them, and share them with others. They are not fancy items or overly special activities, but I think that’s what make them especially charming!

  1. Tea towels
  2. Porches
  3. Mugs
  4. Taking pictures
  5. Walking
  6. Coffee
  7. Table linens
  8. Bunting/banners
  9. British mysteries
  10. Reading (and telling people what I am reading!)

Where We Are Planted

Last Thanksgiving when I visited California my Aunt Phyllis asked me if I would like to have cuttings from my great grandmother’s Christmas cactus and my grandmother’s succulent plant. Of course, I said yes. She prepared and potted them and wished me well as I made the drive back with them to Arizona.

Bloom where you are planted 1

There is always a question: Will these plantings take root? I watched with great anticipation over the weeks that followed.

Bloom where you are planted 2

They seem to be doing well. Now, I must pay attention and keep them alive through the summer’s heat. I may need to bring the succulent inside. Arizona summer sun can be brutal.

It amazes me that this plant life, nurtured by women in my maternal line, still lives and is present with me now. This line of women (my great grandmother, my grandmother, and my mother) is known for devotion to prayer. As long as I have known this, I have known that I am of that line. I have been planted too. These plants are a tangible reminder of a living spiritual heritage.

Weddings and Single Gals

Last year a friend married her dear love, and this year another will marry hers. For single gal friends, there is a flurry of excitement, energy, shared experiences, and investment on this side of a wedding.

At the wedding, the sheltering and encouraging friendship of women takes a good and necessary turn. The entire friendship leads to this moment and transitions in support of the new couple.

Marriage rightly shifts priorities and commitments as the bonds of the new “normal” take shape. I have learned to let go and wait to see where the friendship surfaces on the other side. Marriage is joyful, but it is also a goodbye to the status quo of all the sheltering and preparatory relationships, including the friendship of single gals.


Photo credit: I have no idea!! This is just one of the many photos saved to my phone as I researched wedding event planning!

One thing I will add as an afterthought to this post. I am keenly aware that I cannot think of singleness as…something broken that needs to be fixed. It is a state of being that includes all the fullness and richness of God’s presence and love. Defining singleness as anything less than full belonging and acceptance gives the enemy way too much freedom to set the terms. I refuse to do it and will not concede that ground to him.