Let’s Share What We Learned in September

What We Learned in September

I cannot even believe it's already time to share September's lessons but here we go! Remember, this is a place to share all kinds of learning, both the silly and the serious. I lean toward sharing the silly since I tend to share the serious every other day. But any and all learning is welcome. Here are 7 things I learned in September in no particular order. 1. Shark Tank and Sharknado are not, in fact, the same show. Incase there was any confusion in anyone's life. Besides mine. 2. … [Continue reading]

A Peek at My Bookshelves

my bookshelves

Over the last few years, I've become better acquainted with our local library but that hasn't yet stopped me from accumulating all the books. So when Anne Bogel (aka Modern Mrs. Darcy aka The Media Specialist of the Internet) asked me to share my bookshelves, I was happy to. She has a fun series called Other People's Bookshelves that I always enjoy reading and today, I'm sharing mine. So head on over to her blog to see more of my rainbow shelves and what I'm currently reading. … [Continue reading]

For the Days that Feel Gray on the Inside

For When you Feel Like Creation is Over

Even if all your glasses tend to be half-full, if you lean toward Pooh and away from Eeyore, if you tend to be the first to spot the silver lining, there is a cloud that can descend upon you that you did not choose and cannot escape no matter how much you may try to reframe it. Maybe it comes from running a little too hard for a little too long. Or from small discouragements that add up to one big gloom. And you wake up in the morning and realize the hopefulness that usually dances around you … [Continue reading]

Seeing Beyond What is to What Could Be

in the barn

For about a week now, I've been teary. It isn't because something bad has happened or anything is wrong. More, it's because in the midst of a world of heartbreak, sorrow, pain, and anxiety, there is still hope. This past week, I've seen that hope with my own two eyes and it's made them leak. A lot. We don't always get to see the hope that floats around us, but over the past few days I did. John officiated a wedding for a precious young couple we've known since they were in high school, was … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend

May we find a way to gather up all the competition and comparison we carry in our hearts and toss them into the lap of God. May we have the courage receive what he gives in return - compassion, generosity, and a light heart. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reads along the way: New But Good by Ellen for The Sweetwater Blog because this short glimpse into her life as a mom of a new middle schooler reminds me not to be so anxious about my girls growing up. I'm Sure It's … [Continue reading]

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Home at Chatting at the Sky

I thought about titling this post "Remember When I Used to Write on a Blog?" but that felt a little negative and self-indulgent in a weird sort of way (self-indulgent: a word I can never use without hearing Simon Cowell in my head).So I'm just going with hello, friends. I've missed writing in this space more regularly. But October is coming and you know what that means? That's right. 31 days of writing - a post every day. Can you handle it?! Here are the series I've done in the past: 2010: 31 … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

for your weekend

"O God, help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is." Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart May we know all of our questions, insecurities, doubts, and disabilities are hidden with Christ in God. May we not dread the small beginnings, the little impacts, the slow results, rather may we finally stretch out into the fullest shape of ourselves  - a small, dependent child of God. May we allow our souls to be a spacious foundation for the building of the kingdom of … [Continue reading]

When You Want to be Joyful but You’re Not Quite There Yet

When You're Having Trouble Finding the Joy

Typically when I'm on the elliptical, I'm listening to ridiculous dance music on Pandora. But this particular day, I noticed on one of the TVs in front of me that Nancy Writebol, the American medical missionary who was infected with and survived the Ebola virus, was preparing to make a statement to the press. I shifted my ear buds from my phone to the little channel box on the machine so I could listen in. Her husband spoke first, sharing his gratitude for all the prayers and support. With a … [Continue reading]

For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend - Chatting at the Sky

May we be open to finding a gift in an unwelcome situation, hearing wisdom from an unlikely person, and receiving grace in an unexpected place. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are some good reads and reminders: Forgive Yourself by Seth Godin, because these may be my favorite 62 words on the internet this week. How to Talk to Your Own Soul by Amber Haines, because her words always move me to stop and listen to the stirrings within me that make no sound but still cause a … [Continue reading]

When Your Dream Begins to Change

when your dream changes

They had a dream to create a place where they could take the old, beautiful things – the wooden chairs and side tables and other broken pieces people tend to throw away – and give them new life. They wanted a place to do what they had always done: make the used into art.   I shared their story here before, how they wanted a shop, how they dreamed of a name and came up with Chartreuse, a word they thought of separately in the night and realized it in the morning, their oneness showing itself … [Continue reading]