The long lists 
of expectations 
elude her
 as she steps out into the light of day. 
Walking brings refreshment and new perspectives.
as she steps 
one foot 
in front of the other,
 seeking escape 
from the immediate
abundant demands 
of everyday existence 
making up the hours of her life. 
One foot in front of the other 
leads to anywhere 
but here 
and that brings comfort
 to her innards today. 
In this present moment. 
Comforted in walking into the mystery awaiting her  
Anywhere but this place, now. 
The sky above and the earth beneath her feet 
are faithful friends, 
awaiting her appearing. 
The crowded woods welcome her
 with embrace of 
enticing her senses, 
drawing her into their wisdom of ages. 
Whispering secrets and messages for her alone. 
Here is peace, she thinks as she wanders the woodlands so near. 
How these trees
 provide solace, 
soothing her tattered, 
weary soul. 
Each limb of tree 
an extension of friendship, 
reaching out,
 She is renewed here 
in this solitary place.
 Encircled in light infused branches of creation. 
Love seeps into her every pore.
Replenished by smells, sights, touches; 
devoid of noise. 
Quietness restores the soul. 
Standing in the center
 she comes to stillness,
 imagining herself 
as one standing, 
Bound to earth yet reaching skyward; 
arms like limbs reaching,
 stretching toward the heavenly. 
Emerging from seed to oak, 
to seed in this never-ending cycle.
 Living, dying, emerging new again.
Ever new. 
Escaping the everyday emerging anew.
I wrote this back in March of 2012 for a Storyteller challenge at Shah Wharton’s place.
With a bit of tweaking, walla- poetry. Well, kinda! 
See the original here: Escape the Everyday. (It’s at the bottom of the post FYI!)
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Inspiring Summer Reading

I am looking forward to two R’s this Summer: reading and relaxing- on the beach, by the lake, in a hammock, at the park….anywhere OUTSIDE. Hooray for Summer! I am going to try and read the books that have remained, undeservedly, in the stack for far too long. This is my time, baby! Generally I am a non-fiction reader, so this book pile reflects (primarily) that tendency. But, I would love to lose myself in a fiction read if the right one happens along! Here’s my list. I would love to know what books will be in your Beach Bag this Summer! If you have a great fiction suggestion, let me know!
Breath of Life A journey into Origin & Purpose of Spirit, Soul, and Body by Marja Meijers
Chasing SilhouettesHow To Help A Loved One Battling An Eating Disorder by Emily Wierenga
Bless Back– Thank Those Who Shaped Your Life by Julie Saffrin
Your Beautiful Purpose– Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You by Susie Larson
The Open Window 8 Weeks To Creating An Extraordinary Life by Catherine Galasso-Vigorito
A Place To Belong– Out of Our Comfort Zone and Into God’s Adventure by Lisa Troyer
Reshaping It All – Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness by Candace Cameron Bure
30 Days To A Great Attitude by Deborah Smith Pegues
*Devotions for the Beach and Days You Wish You Were There By Thomas Nelson Publishing
The Green Series by Judy Christie (I read the first and loved it and have the rest of the series so I think I am longing to head back to Green This Summer!) Yes this is Fiction BTW.
The Two Trees (Book One of the Promise Series) by Robert Wetmore
Maybe one of these:
The Spotlight of Faith– Understanding What It Means To Walk WIth God by Bill Crowder
Hope Has It’s Reasons- The Search To Satisfy Our Deepest Longings by Rebecca Manley Pippert
Coming Home– The Soul’s Search for Intimacy With God by Joseph M. Stowell
Let God be God– Lifechanging Truths from the Book of Job by Ray C. Stedman
I won many of these through giveaways or gifts and look forward to catching up on some of the wonderful reading I have received! I bought a few. The last group I got for free at our church one Sunday, when they were left on the foyer table with a FREE sign on them (much to my joy and hubby’s dismay!). One can never have too many books is my philosophy.

So, do tell me what you are reading this Summer!

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