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Of worn paths and unsteady steps

More than an acre of our yard is fenced. Plenty of room for our dogs to run and play and explore. And yet they have worn a criss-cross of paths from one spot to another. A dirt track from the patio to the pond. Another from the gate to a favorite sunning spot. Wide open spaces. Self-restricting patterns. I wish I could say I were different. That I haven’t worn a rut of behaviors, attitudes, reactions across the landscape of my life. That I don’t return to the known again and again, even if a wider view might reveal another route would be shorter. Or at the very least, more scenic. If the paths affected me alone, they would still be worth reevaluating. But when I watched a new dog instinctively use the trail my own dogs had created instead of traversing the space on her own terms, I began to consider there might be larger consequences to my less-than-adventurous life paths. Twice this week I have stepped into the unknown. Abandoned the groove and quickly disappeared in the uncharted territory. I half expected to fall off a cliff. Turns out the unworn ground is just as stable as my usual path. The grass is taller there. My footing not as sure. But when I look closely, I see the markers of those who bravely stepped before me. Who abandoned the known to explore the what could be. And I go on. _________________________________________________________________ Linking this reflection of Small Wonder with my friend and fellow blogger, Kelly Chripczuk, who hosts a Community of blogging Beauty Hunters at her site. Because our Big God shows himself in the most amazing small ways. #smallwonder...

Inside Out Light (#smallwonder)

Not once in my entire life have I considered myself “resplendent.” I doubt, in fact, I have described anything in that manner. Radiant. Glowing. On my wedding day, perhaps. Maybe the junior prom — my first real dress-up event. Even there I speak of looking radiant. Feeling a glow. But BEING resplendent? The Psalmist tells God He is. Resplendent that is. More majestic than the mountains. (Psalm 76:4) So as I reflect that I dwell with God but that He also dwells in me, I must consider that His qualities, too, live beneath my skin. I could get a spray tan. Add glitter to my eye shadow. Wear a sequined dress. But that would only make me shiny. Resplendence, instead, rises slowly to the surface. It’s an inside out light. The fullness of all the beauty of God Himself, fanned forever by the Holy Spirit. In. Me. Can you imagine? I hope you can. Because it’s in you, too. So let us ready our vessels. Let us welcome the rising. Let us be polished. Let us be resplendent. Indeed, we already are. _________________________________________________________________ Linking this reflection of Small Wonder with my friend and fellow blogger, Kelly Chripczuk, who hosts a Community of blogging Beauty Hunters at her site. Because our Big God shows himself in the most amazing small ways. #smallwonder...

Ice Symphony

He runs his hands run across the icicles, and sounds like a xylophone ring out across the frozen landscape. The ice chips on the trampoline join in as maracas with each bounce. The conductor sun arises, awakening the drip, drip, drip — like plucks on violin strings — which are punctuated with the cymbal crash of falling limbs. I dare not speak. Intent to listen. To listen well. To dwell in this ice symphony. And to add my Amen to the praise. All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name. (Psalm 66:4) _________________________________________________________________ Linking this reflection of Small Wonder with my friend and fellow blogger, Kelly Chripczuk, who has recently launched a Community of blogging Beauty Hunters at her site. So grateful for the reminder that our Big God shows himself in the most amazing small ways. And also linking with #threewordwednesday at Kristin’s place....

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