Faith Unshackled: Back to the Basics

This week as we continue our Summer blog tour of Unshackled Faith, Ryan Lassiter inspires us to simplify our faith practices. His blog reminded me of this painting by Vermeer of Christ at the house of Martha and Mary which highlights the tensional pull that we are called to stillness and service. ~ May God’s…

May We See!

This week, as we approach the most holy day of the year, I am very busy preparing the music for Easter Sunday. If you have been following God thru the Arts recently you may have noticed my friend and fellow art lover Adam Nettesheim and his wonderful series on the Stations of the Cross. I encourage…

In Search of Beauty

It is amazing the beauty you can find in your own backyard. True I live near an especially rich treasure of museums as I am just a short ride from Washington D.C. and the National Gallery of Art. Even so, I am always putting off visiting these local treasures?   Below is an excerpt from my book:…

Prayer Inside Out (Summer Blog Tour)

As I approached this week’s blog post about prayer I was reminded of this image that is so iconic and thought I would pair it with one of my favorite hymns. My guest blogger this week is someone I admire very much and so I hope you take his words to heart and may we…

The Power of a Cleansing Story

How do you most frequently see Jesus in your mind’s eye? When you pray, do you think of a well-worn prayer card that someone gave you as a child?  Perhaps you might think of a beautifully carved crucifix that adorns the altarpiece of your church sanctuary? Still others of us might think of the images evoked by a favorite hymn…

The Power of a Recovery Story

What is Truth? This is the question I am pondering today as I write and then I look up and I read this wonderful post from Holly Solomon Barrett which is #2 on the Summer Blog Tour: The power of a recovery story lies in the truth. The truth that God’s word always trumps the…

The Power of Telling a Story

This month I am pleased to share with you several posts written by fellow Christian bloggers. We are coming together to share our ideas of how God uses the art of storytelling to create a powerful transformation in our lives and in turn the world. As I thought about joining with these writers to share our vision of Jesus,…

Sitting on God’s Lap

Henry Ossawa Tanner, masterfully captures on canvas the kind of intimacy we all crave

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Sitting home today in the middle of snow storm, I have decided it is a wonderful day for a discussion of flowers:) Several years ago while on a car trip in New England, my husband and I stopped over in Hartford Conn, to visit the home of Mark Twain. It is quite spectacular and defiantly worth the trip,…

Heroes of Compassion

How can we make the story of the “Good Samaritan” come to life? What could gazing at this painting, by Van Gogh, potentially reveal that is new and undiscovered.  Possibly nothing, and yet I do enjoy gazing at the scene and thinking about why he might have chosen this story as his subject. Did it have some…