Thursday, April 10, 2014

starry juxtaposition

I read these two bits of writing within a couple days of each other, via Twitter. One from an author whose works have been on my to-read list for months, and another one I just happened across.

What a glorious thought.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


I came across these two excerpts within a few hours of each other. I only read authors with two initial first names.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Go see my friend Wayne's amazing repertoire of collage work, hand-lettering, and painting.

My twin and I were lucky enough to attend a collage workshop with him one sweaty June weekend in Nashville last year, and it was wonderful. He has created art for a whole slew of big name clients as well as very smart little clients who love his inimitable style, including the LA Times, the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Country Music Hall of Fame, Warner Brothers, Columbia Records, EMI and Sony. It has been my pleasure to work with him in an office environment as well as to make huge messes with him in a studio environment. He is also one of the sweetest and genuine folks I've ever met, with an insane love for coffee. And if he sees this post and okays it, I might put up some of his work here, but for now try him on Facebook, hit up Pinterest, or check his blog.

Monday, January 20, 2014

"No man by nature and left to himself has ever sought God...If you and I can claim as Christian people that we are seeking God, there is only one explanation for it, and that is that God has first sought us...Show me a man who can say honestly that he is seeking after God, and I will show you a man who has been quickened by God's Spirit, whom God has sought." 

-Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Romans - The Righteousness Judgment Of God

Friday, January 17, 2014

from a blogger named Kelly

I just stumbled across this writer via The Rabbit Room. Such a great word!

Hope you enjoy.

Heard at Hutchmoot: Shiny Things

Heard at Hutchmoot: A Series on Words From Our Weekend in Nashville
The keynote speaker at Hutchmoot was an author by the name of Leif Enger.  His most notable works are the bestseller Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome.
Leif gave us some encouragement to see from his life on a Minnesota farm.  He and his wife like to take walks at sunset when the weather is warm.  Leif usually carries some change in his pocket, and there’s a certain rock where he will leave a coin or two.
Why?  Because the crows like shiny things.  When the couple passes by that rock later on, the coins are always gone.  Leif said it gives the birds happiness to have shiny things in their nest, and it gives him joy to think of those coins making their way into trees around the property.
He said, “Look for the shiny things. Store them away.”
What’s a shiny thing for you?
A shiny thing this time of year is my husband’s faithfulness to turn on the Christmas tree lights early in the morning. The kids’ eagerness to shop for their siblings. The Behold the Lamb of God concert.
A shiny thing anytime of year is the light filtering through the trees a certain way. The smell of homemade soup. Times with friends when you laugh until you cry. Words from a familiar Psalm.
When I was eager to look at those crows as hoarders, Leif Enger turned that image on its head and said I should be a hoarder of shiny things.  Shiny things make us grateful to the Giver of all good gifts.
 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. James 1:16-18
P.S. Those books mentioned above? Check them out. That man that my husband now calls his “friend” is a wonderful storyteller.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Good Friday --> Christmas

Here's another wonderful song I can't get out of my head if I wanted to:

This played in my head as I read an Advent devotional this morning. From John Piper:

December 11


Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood,
he himself likewise partook of the same things, that
through death he might destroy the one who has
the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver
all those who through fear of death were subject to
lifelong slavery. —Hebrews 2:14–15

Hebrews 2:14–15 is worth more than two minutes in an Advent devotional. These verses connect the beginning and the end of Jesus’s earthly life. They make clear why he came. They would be great to use with an unbelieving friend or family member to take them step by step through your Christian view of Christmas. It might go something like this…
“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood…”
The term “children” is taken from the previous verse and refers to the spiritual offspring of Christ, the Messiah (see Isaiah 8:18; 53:10). These are also the “children of God.” In other words, in sending Christ, God has the salvation of his “children” specially in view. It is true that [Here's our song plug! AND in Good Ole KJV, no less!] “God so loved the world, that he sent [Jesus] (John 3:16).” But it is also true that God was especially “gathering the children of God who are scattered abroad” (John 11:52). God’s design was to offer Christ to the world, and to effect the salvation of his “children” (see 1 Timothy 4:10). You may experience adoption by receiving Christ (John 1:12).
“…he himself likewise partook of the same things [flesh and blood]…”
Christ existed before the incarnation. He was spirit. He was the eternal Word. He was with God and was God (John 1:1; Colossians 2:9). But he took on flesh and blood and clothed his deity with humanity. He became fully man and remained fully God. It is a great mystery in many ways. But it is at the heart of our faith and is what the Bible teaches.
“…that through death…”
The reason Jesus became man was to die. As God, he could not die for sinners. But as man he could. His aim was to die. Therefore he had to be born human. He was born to die. Good Friday is the reason for Christmas. This is what needs to be said today about the meaning of Christmas.
“…he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil…”
In dying, Christ de-fanged the devil. How? By covering all our sin. This means that Satan has no legitimate grounds to accuse us before God. “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies” (Romans 8:33). On what grounds does he justify? Through the blood of Jesus (Romans 5:9).
Satan’s ultimate weapon against us is our own sin. If the death of Jesus takes it away, the chief weapon of the devil is taken out of his hand. He cannot make a case for our death penalty, because the Judge has acquitted us by the death of his Son!
“…and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”
So we are free from the fear of death. God has justified us. Satan cannot overturn that decree. And God means for our ultimate safety to have an immediate effect on our lives. He means for the happy ending to take away the slavery and fear of the now.
If we do not need to fear our last and greatest enemy, death, then we do not need to fear anything. We can be free: free for joy, free for others.
What a great Christmas present from God to us! And from us to the world!”

Excerpt from: John Piper. “Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent.” iBooks. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Lamb and Gift of Gifts.

This time of year is a perfect occasion to gorge on beautiful old music. I've been doing so on various Rdio, Pandora, and iTunes Radio stations as well as our wonderful local public radio station 91.1 in Nashville.

This tune in the video above, composed by Sir John Tavener, isn't particularly old, but the verses are by William Blake in the 18th century. Not exactly Christmas music but in a way, it is.

The excerpt below is from a favorite book, Valley of Vision, and dovetails nicely with our pastor's Advent sermons on the humanity and deity of Jesus. This is from "Gift of Gifts":

Herein is wonder of wonders:
He came below to raise me above,
He was born like me that I might become like Him.

Herein is love;
when I cannot rise to Him He draws near on wings of grace,
to raise me to Himself.

Herein is power;
when Deity and humanity were infinitely apart
He united them in indissoluble unity, the uncreated and the created.

Herein is wisdom;
when I was undone, with no will to return to Him,
and no intellect to devise recovery,
He came, God-incarnate, to save me to the uttermost,
as man to die my death,
to shed satisfying blood on my behalf,
to work out a perfect righteousness for me.