i will conquer the west

about my fears, i wrote the following, knowing that only by conquering my fears of beginning, will i ever know if i can. the more i wonder, the braver i become. i am not the west. i am the north. i breathe the south. i embrace the east. but the west. it is scary, dry,Continue reading “i will conquer the west”

i feel so small sometimes….

… because i am. i am learning that i need to edit more of me each day. take out the sour, include the sweet. exclude the negative, include the positive. i must not edit God. i must let Him edit me. i feel so small sometimes, & that is because i am. so is theContinue reading “i feel so small sometimes….”

love should be the pulse.

goodness should be our breath. love should be the pulse. caring should be our guide, and kindness should be our platform. always. always. always, even in the season of different reasons, different books, different traditions. it should always begin and end with love. unconditional and whole. love. you cannot buy it, but you can giveContinue reading “love should be the pulse.”

turkey is not the only thing.

jesus. coffee, sometimes with sugar, always with cream. the sky at dusk. snuggly socks. the warmth of the spring sunshine. rock and roll. cheese vendor at the farmer’s market. patterns in fabric. color. motorcycle rides. aromatherapy. friends who know me inside and out. family who loves me inside and out. spilling guts to strangers. kindContinue reading “turkey is not the only thing.”

love, in all its complications.

i often forget that it takes work. like every relationship that i’ve ever had. he didn’t take out the garbage. she didn’t call me back. he’ll regret that he forgot to tell me about that one day. hurmphphmp. but do i stop loving those folks for those little things? do i cease to think ofContinue reading “love, in all its complications.”

i don’t always love Beyonce but…

i saw this floating around the interwebs, and wanted to share it here.  because we must be courageous.  everyone probably understands the joy from music, and the healing from laughter.  Check out this woman’s courageous move before a double mastectomy surgery. the courage and joy she has in these moments is inspiring. what have youContinue reading “i don’t always love Beyonce but…”

push on

sometimes your keyboard is a bit too sticky. perhaps that is your truth. or maybe your tires, or your days seem flat. perhaps you have forgotten what life without hard work looks like. or perhaps you need to work harder, like i’m feeling. maybe you need a break. a rest from the busy, or aContinue reading “push on”

5 :: hopespoken

one:: hi, i’m barb, and i’m going to the hope spoken conference! whoohoo! i am so blessed to be able to go. this is a picture of my mom and i from a few weekends ago on a family visit to south haven, michigan (which is an AWESOME coastal town on Lake Michigan that you shouldContinue reading “5 :: hopespoken”

my horizon is my hope

i can hear the rumbles, but it cannot scare me away this time. i feel the mist, and yet, i am not affected. nothing can stop this exhilaration of hope. i am able to do hard things through one person here, & the Greatest One Ever. me, & Him. with work & FAITH. He hasContinue reading “my horizon is my hope”