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My Space

This is my space and the place that I go to write and to think and to get away from the chaos. It’s my own little corner of this big old house.

It seems that someone else likes to squirrel her way here, too. Little Squinch was caught deep in thought on Saturday in my space. With Bluebearie, who is real.


Bluebearie is so real, in fact, that I ended up watching her for awhile while Little Mae did her recycling chore.


That wasn’t enough. however, (it never is), because Bluebearie might get very lonely. So a few friends were added to the mix.

That's better!

Much better. More is always merrier…right?

A Fun Find

Child with a Dove

One of my favorite ways to find space is to poke around Gift and Thrift, a local secondhand store. I stumbled upon this treasure the other day while grabbing a few minutes for myself.

Wandering through Gift and Thrift is always an exercise in self-control (do I really need this item or can I go dig a similar one out of my basement?) and self-awareness (I am drawn to this item, but why?).

When I saw this picture hanging on the wall with the others, I was intrigued. It spoke to me. Taking it down, turning it around, and noticing that the framing was done by a local shop made the $20 price tag (steep for Gift and Thrift) seem more reasonable. The fact that it was a print from Picasso’s blue period was even more compelling, and I bit the bullet and splurged on it.

I love the way that this $20 purchase fits in with the $6 mirror and $15 Pier One wall decals over the bed in our room. I love that the original was painted during a dark time, showing that beauty truly can emerge from brokenness. I love finding just the right thing for my space.

I love the before and after. What do you think? Have you had any fun finds, lately?

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A Cool thing about Composting


The process can be surprising. Sometimes something beautiful emerges from unattended waste materials.

One of my friends is a master gardener who creates seasonal displays at her place of business. What she does as her occupation is unrelated to gardening, yet she brings beauty to her office space using her green-thumb gift.

One fall there were several picture-perfect mini pumpkins on her desk. They were unique and the kind that you would pay extra money for at a pumpkin patch or farmers’ market. I love anything miniature and commented on them. She replied that they had just sprung up out of her compost pile. They were a fun surprise and gift just for her.

What surprise gifts do you see springing from the compost of your heart? What longings are in there sprouting and trying to burst forth? What can you rescue and nurture and grow that has been lying dormant or been pushed aside unnoticed?

Take some time and space this weekend to allow yourself to be surprised by a special gift buried deep inside of your heart just waiting to be set free! Create beauty by discovering even more about who God designed YOU to be.




Building Your Heart Bin

When composting organic material, you need a structure in place to contain all of the matter that will be decomposing. This is called a compost bin.

compost bin: a bin that holds all natural resources and lets the contents break down from developing bacteria so it turns to soil

There are many different types and styles of bins that all achieve a similar end. It’s not one size fits all, unless someone is selling or promoting a particular brand or set of blueprints. Common important features include a reasonable size, a means to contain the refuse, and ease of use.

In the same way, when composting the heart, it is important to have a structure in place to facilitate the process of collecting, containing, and working with thoughts and feelings.

heart bin: a structure that holds the refuse of a heart and lets the contents break down and mix with truth to turn into rich soil for heart growth

Begin with safe community. This can be ready-made, like a church family, or one that you build yourself, such as a group of people in your life that have come together for a purpose. Either way, size matters. In too large of a community, hearts get spread thin and lost. Too small, and hearts pack tightly together with no room to grow. Safety matters, too. Safe community understands that change takes time and that there are many ways to achieve similar results.

Add personal space. This might look like quiet time set aside to journal about what is going on inside of you.  Electronically or on paper, take time to face honestly what is not serving you well at the moment. How are you reacting to and relating with your friends, spouse, or children? What is setting off (seemingly) irrational triggers? The bits of your day that aren’t the pretty parts offer great clues as to what to add to your heart compost bin.

Make it work for you. Whatever community structure you have in place, whatever means you choose to contain your thoughts and feelings, use it. A little bit of something is better than a lot of nothing.

Try it! Begin to think about your community and those in it who are safe and supportive. Intentionally journal about what is going on inside of you. Be honest with yourself about your thoughts and feelings. They don’t have to be pretty or sanitized. They are the stem of the grapes, the peel of banana, the rotten part of the lettuce to be tossed aside and collected for later.