The United States if divided into growing zones.  Colorado is 5, A or B.  These zones tell us where there best place to plant flowers , vegetables or fruit.   Because of weather or rainfall different things thrive or don’t.   I decided to try different plants in different places around the house. East exposure or West or South, same plant different environment.  Same state just a few feet apart and one thrives another wilts and dies.

There is another kind of zone, “Comfort Zone” .   Funny thing, if we as people stay in our comfort zone we will not thrive either.  We will wilt and become useless.

We can’t stay in a comfort zone for the sake of growth and health we must get out and do the planting and watering and even be present for the harvest.  God made us to be in the world but not part of it.


Long Winded

Winds – the winds blew strong and loud.

The winds blew lightly against the tall grass. The grass sang an aromatic song as the wind pressed by.

The wind wound its way through the canyon, dusting as it flew over the crags.

A silent wind caught them by surprise. The kite snapped loose and flew off like the sail of an invisible ship on windy wings.

The echo of a far off train turned into the roar of an ill wind that swept a clean swath in its wake.

The wind rushed through the open window like a fearful soul being pursued by evil, it scattered papers tumbling up and over and under everything in its path.

The wind blew hot; all was parched and withered by its touch.

A wet and cool wind brought refresh to the parched and dry land.

The wind had no direction; it burst upon itself from all points, then crashed like angry ocean waves and blasted heavenward.

A soft wind gently set the dandelion feathers afloat they swirled toward new places like tiny ballerinas, they lightly touched their toes again to earth.

A blast of wind tossed the waves and the waves crashed back. They battled all the way to shore where a lone wave slapped the sand as the self-proclaimed winner.  The wind whipped on down the beach to stir up the sand and blow on its way.

Direct Line

Oh God my Father, hear my prayer. I have such blessing, you have given generously wisdom and grace and mercy to me. I continue to ask and I continue to wait. I work at the things you have placed in my hands. I need your parenting always. Do my children need my parenting always? Should I be offering more?  My heart says, No.  They are now in line to you directly, you must do the parenting.   I just need to show them the way.  Reminders that we can never fall further than your reach.  We can always come boldly to you to ask forgiveness or for comfort or whatever our need might be.





Flights of Fancy

What is a flight of fancy?  Oh there she goes off on a flight of fancy again!

flight of fancy” An unrealistic idea or fantastic notion, a pipe dream. For example, She engaged in flights of fancy, such as owning a million-dollar house. This idiomuses flight in the sense of “a soaring of the imagination,” a usage dating from the mid-1600s.

Hmmm?  I thought is was a whimsical saying that was filled with fun and good wishes. An unrealistic notion, I don’t thinks so. “A Soaring of the imagination” now that is what I’m talking about.   Flying away in my mind, that is from a song , – isn’t it ?

Flight in my mind, how fun is that.  “A fantastic notion”,  what things in the everyday life are born from fantastic notions, too many to count.  I shall continue my flights of fancy, soaring high above the world in my imagination until those seeds of fantastic notions sprout wings of their own. Flight ready to take off – waves your arms where ever you like you can’t fall out and you can never be too short for the ride.  Ty-Land is amazing hope your land is as well.


Widow’s Might!


The IMG_20130629_084234_780Widow’s Mite, maybe it should be Might!

Luke 21:1 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a
poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All  these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”  Luke 21:1-4 New International Version (NIV)

Offering : 1a :  the act of one who offers  b :  something offeredespecially :  a sacrifice ceremonially offered as a part of worship c :  a contribution to the support of a cause or organization.

Sacrifice:  the act of giving up something that you want to keep “especially” in order to get or do something else or to help someone

God has blessed me with poverty.                                                                                                   How much closer I cling to Christ when I am at poverty’s door.

I am thankful, now.  It is a challenge to look into the cupboards and know I needed to feed my children, and quite often their friends with what appears to be impossibly lacking. God gave me skills to stretch and to manage. God gave me Might!

God has granted me wealth.  This was not the blessing that poverty was. How much less did I cling to the Cross.  I forgot the blessings of poverty.  I did not need to Sacrifice. In fact, I had waste.  Waste of food, waste of money, waste of time.

How clear this is to me now that God blessed me with much and I took the gift He Sacrificed to give, and went on my way to take care of myself.  I did not forget Him, but I did not feel that He was the very thread that held me afloat. My money was mine, I gave some to the kingdom. I gave more than I had given in poverty, but the percentage was much less and the sacrifice was non existent. I was like the “rich young ruler” whose wealth kept him from the blessings God had for him.

The rich young ruler and the widow, both hold strong truths. Don’t fail to give like Jesus, how was that you ask? Sacrificially.   We celebrate His total Sacrifice at the communion table.  He gave His life, it wasn’t taken.  He gives to us and asks that we give a portion back. It is unfortunate that in this world there are those of us who are not faithful in much.  God has given me opportunity to grow through poverty and He has given me wisdom to grow in much.

In my lack He makes me rich. In His riches I have no lack.

Handle with Prayer

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Life comes in all sorts of situations. Having a lot and having a little. Being healthy and being sickly. Being strong and being weak. Being smart and being simple. So many different skill sets that would be useless in another place or time. One could be living high in the mountains or at the oceans edge. Living In a deep forest or a high desert. The world is different as we wonder through it. People are this way to. We are all different, we like different things we are able to live under different circumstances and different situations with ease. But we can not walk or live each others road, we are not equipped for the things that high altitude or bug infested or hot sun or snow that come into lives every day. We can not control the weather or the scenery. We do have to pay attention to our steps and watch out for those who have been over come by others paths. Sometimes a fall from a misstep will put us into a totally different and unfamiliar place. We are never alone. The two sets of footprints on the beach where Jesus walks with us that go to one set when He carries us – those footprints are also in desert sand and mossy forest floors and mountain mud. Handle each step with Prayer. Remember God is already there.

Day 11

istockcalendarwebDay 11 of what? What has happened or is going to happen? Are we building up to something or counting down to something? Maybe it is sobriety. Maybe it is chemo. Maybe it is a vacation. Maybe its the birth of a child or the length of time since that child was lost. We are always looking forward or backward to something. We could have day 1 every day. This is the only today we will have – the rest are yesterday or tomorrow. Unchangeable and unknowable. Make the most of today. Choose to be happy, choose to forgive, choose to be a smile in a sad place or a shoulder in a dark place, or a hug in a hurt place. You can be Day 1 for someone who is on day 11 or 1000 of no hope. Be God’s hands and feet today, day 1.