God’s Timing is Best


Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11

Are You Fluent in Emoji?


Yes, I’m a self-confessed dummy when it comes to “speaking” emoji.

A Japanese transplant, the word emoji literally means “picture” (e) + “character” (moji) or “picture letter.”

I can handle the simple Smiling Face :) or Disappointed Face :(, but I have no idea how or when to use the myriad of other emoji.

Only today, I discovered the icon for The Joy emoji —also referred to on the ­Emojipedia website as “Face With Tears of Joy” or “the LOL Emoji.”

In an effort to stave off my ignorance, I thought it was time to learn this evolving language, so as to better use the emoji keyboard next time it flashes on my smart phone.

Take the quiz: How well do you speak emoji?

Below you’ll find meanings for some basic emoji. Check out Emojipedia for a more comprehensive list of emoji meanings.



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God in the Spider’s Web


The beauty and intricacy of the spider’s web, paints a powerful picture of trust:

“Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless. What he trusts in is fragile; what he relies on is a spider’s web. He leans on his web, but it gives way; he clings to it, but it does not hold” (Job 8:13-15).

It’s all about perspective, “Where God is, a spider’s web is like a wall. Where God is not, a wall is like a spider’s web.”

Holding onto ME

I will not
Can not
Lose myself

There is only
1 ME
On this beautiful Earth

Holding on tight
To my dignity and
Self worth

A 1-of-a-kind jewel
For purpose

If you know your value, you won’t let others put a price on you.

You’re Not Present

You’re either thinking about yesterday or tomorrow.
When you’re with someone,
you’re thinking about someone else, or
wondering what else you could be doing.
You’re not in the moment,
you’re often somewhere else!
You’re missing so much on life,
because you’re not in the moment.
You’re not present!

Laundry Relaxes Me


Sometimes the mundane things in life bring the most relaxation. On days when my brain is fried, I do laundry.

Sure, laundry is usually an annoying chore for most people. But, the freshness and sheer accomplishment of an empty dirty laundry basket is so rewarding.

What seemingly “annoying” tasks bring you peace and relaxation?

Finding Peace in the Moment

Trying to empty my head of all that noise, the hamster wheel that keeps on spinning. Creating room for healthier thoughts, more joyful balanced sounds. Determined to escape the frenzy, the anxiety waiting to take over.

Feeling stretched in so many directions, that never-ending list.

Oh to be free again, from worry, stress, and responsibility. Guarding my heart and mind, from perfection and high expectations. Returning to the things that bring me joy, like writing and photography.

Finding tranquility in the present moment, not worrying about tomorrow.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you (Isaiah 26:3).





Different people for different seasons

People come in all shapes and sizes
For different reasons and seasons
Some come to uplift and encourage
Others to whip you into shape
Folks may come to reveal truths,
Your heart chooses to ignore
Some friends are seasonal,
Sent to carry you through peaks and valleys
Take time to appreciate people,
They may be angels in disguise

Problems as Perspective Lifters

Welcome problems as perspective lifters.
Viewed from above, the obstacle that frustrated you
is only a light and momentary trouble (~ Sarah Young)