When you are present, the world is truly alive.
Writing Down The Bones
Sometimes life is raw and totally in your face.
The first few days of welcoming a tiny human into this world are one of those sacred times.
Life continues it's relentless march outside your windows and you are barely aware of it, sun up and sun down. Anything that isn't happening in your moment, isn't happening at all, as far as you're concerned.
I went to live every second completely alive, to be wide awake with my grandson as he was waking up to the world around him.
I had no idea.
Twenty minutes after Maverick James Panco took in his first breath, I held him in my arms. Life is forever changed. We are all forever changed. There is one more life on this earth with my blood flowing throu…
When the Lord saw her he had
compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Luke 7:13
I am a people-pleasing junkie. I admit it. If
there was a support group for people like me, I would be there with my hand
raised, ready to say, “Hi, my name is Renee and I am a people-pleasing addict.”
And then I would go on to confess how many times I fell off the wagon that week.
It's in my nature. I know it's wrong to please people before we please God, but
I do it without thinking all of the time. Along that vein, I have to admit that
I did not want to write this. I’ve been fighting it since I
received the letter, but God won’t give me anything else to write about, so I’m
doing it. I want to write about happy things, but God seems to have other plans
for me. These words do need to be written and they need to be read by many in the Christian community. In one month I had two very different encounters about the same issue. I think they display the difference between Jesus's love