bare crooked seasons

the thing about winter

is not the cold but the bare

brave beauty that comes

from the letting go

of brown dead detritus

–a big word for the lost–

determined to resurrect life from the dark.

Shine, then, crooked

branches, reaching sunward with hope

always of spring,

and unafraid of the changing


on a warm winter day

smells like when

the boys were small,

the sweetness of souls virgin

and raucous on jungle gyms;

shadows of carefree joy against the gray

blue of incoming spring. The warm evening

a winter reprieve, light on the far

western horizon, the V of a threesome

of geese searching for a soft place

to land and live and be.

who am I to grieve the waning days

when winter gives way to such

glory of spring

and beginnings



One word for 2020: VISION

Every year I pray for “one word” to provide focus and guidance throughout the coming year. This year, it came to me without more than a few seconds of pondering, and I knew in my marrow when I saw it:


I’m not talking about the entrepreneurial, vision-casting, crowd-sourcing kind of vision. I’m talking about watching and waiting and being on the lookout for God moving in and around me and others.

In sum: vision without fear.

This year I am (re)committing to the Lord’s vision and purpose for me, to using the gifts He has allowed me for facilitating the freedom of others. Even one heart set free is worth the work that stories of hard and hope have proven to provide readers.

As I prayed over this one word, over this *vision,* I was led to the second chapter of Habakkuk:

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:2-3 (ESV)

I may not see the fruits of the seeds of hope that I plant in my stories in my lifetime. Storms of doubt and discouragement will no doubt reoccur. Some will always be bewildered by my work. But I will press on, for Him and for the one(s) who need it most.

This is my goal for the new year, and beyond.


From the Lord of my heart.
My best Thought
day and night
not for riches
not for empty praise
for Him and Him only
now and always.


What about you? What are your goals and resolutions? What strongholds will you sever and what truths will you embrace?

All joy and blessing to each of you in 2020 and beyond, dear friends!

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