When Noticing is Hard {Day 31}

Today is the last day of my 31 Days of Noticing the Moment series. 31 Days that was intended to fall into the calendar blocks of October. I realize today is November 7th. A week late it would seem. A week late because consistently noticing the moment was harder than I anticipated. A week late […]


Prayer for a Tired Branch {Day 30}

There is much on my to do list that is undone. I have many post that didn’t fit in the window of 31 days. A cloud of feeling off sits above my head. But for today, God says “Rest”. Will I enter via this Sabbath door I’ve been peeking into? God says “Don’t strive.” Will […]


Mall Alarms and Listening to my son {Day 29}

My mom and I searched the store directory at the new-to-us mall. “Ahh, there it is. We need to go up the escalator.”  I turn my attention to my son whose voice has been muffled due to my focus on the map. “Mama what is that man saying? Why are the lights flashing?” I absorb […]


Mercy not sacrifice {Day 28}

On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:12-13 Mercy, not sacrifice. Mercy not sacrifice. These words keep ringing in my ears. […]


Breathing Grace {Day 27}

Grace. I hear her invitation to come by the stream. When I feel off track, I come to dip my toe in. Enough grace to get me by. She whispers that she is in the waterfall. Seeing how much more I need of her cleansing, I let grace fall all over me. I’ll come I […]


Love loves unto purity {Day 26}

“For love loves unto purity” We sat around four tables put together. About twenty of us in our Wednesday night growth group. This quote from George MacDonald jumps out at me. No, it wasn’t a jumping. More of a gentle sliding into my soul. I know it’s important. I don’t know why. Not completely. It […]


Letting Go of Nets {Day 25}

Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee. what does it look like? smell like? is it a sunny day? cloudy? is it quiet? loud? what sounds to you hear? Jesus saw two brothers. Simon Peter and Andrew. They were casting a net. Jesus says; Come Follow me I will make you fishers of men. […]


What the leaves say {Day 24}

When you have spent all morning raking leaves, I don’t recommend looking up. At least not in our yard. What seems to a whole season’s worth of raking is quickly dismissed by a glance upwards. How could there have been so many leaves on the ground….and so many still hanging on the trees? I suspect […]


Hello Mornings Guest Post {Day 23}

You may have heard me say once or twice or every other post, the significance in my faith journey of arising before the rest of the house. It was at a womens retreat about eighteen months ago that it seemed God was inviting me to go to bed at 10pm. (You can read that here, […]


An Ode to the Cardinals and Red Sox {Day 22}

The long gravel road is a straight shot to the farm-house. You have to go over the little bridge. The one where Rawhide and Bloody Bones lived. At least according to the stories my Uncle Ray told me and all my cousins. He also is the one who took us snipe hunting. The white with […]


how we notice {Day 21}

“Melanie, do you see this bee?” My mother in law and I are on a photo shoot while they are in town. Like me, she loves exploring…especially in her homeland of Western PA. I hadn’t seen the bee. She tells me she notices the details more after spending time with me and the way that […]


Tenderness of almost seven. {Day 20}

I love this boy. A lot. He lost his two top front teeth this week. One on Monday. One on Friday. He is growing up so fast. Too fast. I want to freeze this time. I want to cheer him on with vision for his future. And sometimes the mixture of the two undoes my […]