November 3, 2017

"And when I cannot stand; You are where I land."

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:3-9

September 21, 2016


"Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me?

"Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.
O my God, my soul is in despair within me;
Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan
And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me in the night,
A prayer to the God of my life." Psalm 42:5-8

September 7, 2016

George Bailey Lassos Hope

A scene from the 1946 Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life’ has run and rerun through my mind concerning this year’s election. I know it’s just a movie and 1946 was a long time ago, but when I fast forward to 2016, I consider how the vibe in America has changed. America now seems aggressively divided and fueled by an ideology that believes this division will make America great again! In one scene, our hero, George Bailey and his bride are leaving Bedford Falls to take a honeymoon, but while driving past his business, The Baily Brothers Building and Loan, he realizes there has been a run on the bank! Duty and honor compel him to forego his honeymoon and to intercede for the people. While George tries to gain control of his customers, Mary, his newlywed wife steps in to offer all of their honeymoon money! (George Bailey lassos money!) One by one, the customers request the amount they need. And they’re encouraged to take just enough to get by until the bank reopens. At one point, a customer comes in to announce Mr. Potter’s offer to pay .50 cents on the dollar!  The people begin to flock up to take Potter’s bait, but George replies, “Can't you understand what's happening here? Don't you see what's happening? Potter isn't selling. Potter's buying! And why? Because we're panicky and he's not. That's why. He's pickin' up some bargain.” And then in the spirit of the times (1946, post WWll) George rallies the frenzied crowd by encouraging, “Now, we can get through this thing all right. We've, we've got to stick together, though. We've got to have faith in each other.” Imagine that.

July 14, 2016

Who will separate us from the love of Christ?

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED." But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, "nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35-39

Your steady, solid hope

"Your steady, solid hope [this morning] – and it is the only lasting hope – is that if you will trust Christ as your precious Savior and your supremely-valued King, then you will be folded into the love of God in a way that no terrorist, no torture, no demons, no disasters, no disease, no man, no microbe, no government, and no grave can destroy. That's the hope of this text. (Romans 8:35-39) That's the hope of the Christian life. It is not a political hope, or a military hope, or a financial hope, or a geographical hope, or a psychological hope, or an escapist hope. It is a blood-bought, Spirit-wrought, Christ-exalting, God-centered, fear-destroying, death-defeating hope." John Piper

The purpose of the cross

"The purpose of the cross was to bring together people from many nations, not to prioritize a single political state.
American adults might love to sing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” and cheer about the Red, White and Blue around this time of year, but the children’s song about color holds true eternally: “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight; Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

In Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek, neither American nor Pakistani (Galatians 3:28). Diverse ethnicity and sundry nationality finds spiritual unity in Him.” Josh Hayes

The American political system is not imperishable....

"The American political system is not imperishable.... American military CANNOT protect us from every destructive force. The financial future is NOT certain; You may lose all your investment. The midwest is NOT safe from the next kind of terrorist attack which may be more pervasive and more deadly. The pschycological efforts to feel competent and avoid regret are NOT healing, they’re fatal! And an eschatological scenario that promises your escape from the sufferings under the providence of God did not work for the Christians in the World Trade Center on Tuesday and it won’t work for you!" John Piper's reflections on terror and hope.

July 11, 2016

Rodney Mullen Video via Vogue 2016

"Rodney Mullen, who three decades ago invented many of the tricks on which modern skateboarding is based, steps inside fashion photographer Steven Sebring’s revolutionary 360 studio for his first major release of footage in 12 years, including several never seen before moves. Watch the exclusive short film Liminal ":

June 21, 2016

Here's The Thing: A soul sort of diet / "The Weight" by Judy Collins and Ari Hest

"I will soak my soul
Let the river take control (the river take control)
I know it's not too late 

to let go the weight, let go the weight."

June 13, 2016

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop

"This tenderness comes as a surprise
Drinking where the riverbed was dry

Trees in the wind tremble for love"

June 2, 2016

"Sometimes I feel I'm gonna give it up; Maybe someday, but not today!"

Sometimes the mountains seem too sorely high
So hand in hand we pray to God
Sometimes I feel I’m gonna give it up
Maybe one day, but not today.

Sometimes the island seems too far away 
So hand in hand we pray to God
Sometimes I feel I’m gonna give it up
Maybe one day, but not today

Raging the storms of the warring times
He leaves me peace that is real
Sometimes I feel I’m gonna give it up
Maybe one day, but not today

May 29, 2016

"Making America Skate Again!"

"Making America Skate Again!"
Check out “The Skateboarder's Guide to the 2016 US Presidential Election”!
I use wheels to get around, so in some ways I identify with skateboarders. Sure, there are obvious differences in the design and function of a skateboard compared to a wheelchair! And I understand that identifying WITH a skateboarder is different than identifying AS a skateboarder. But skateboards and wheelchairs have this in common: Both run into obstacles. 
You don't have to be a skateboarder or use a wheelchair to understand that obstacles are common to everyone!

It's been said that in skateboarding, "an obstacle is any object that you can incorporate into a skateboarding trick”! 
 Skater, Rodney Mullen says, "The biggest obstacle to creativity is breaking through the barrier of disbelief."
"The Skateboarder's Guide to the 2016 Presidential Election” offers unique perspective, so I won't get my "ollie" in a "nollie" over it, but the section on "Disability" was surprising! I hope it wasn't designed to offend! I'll assume ignorance about the daily challenges of those who rely on wheels for mobility.
I continue to suspect “The Donald” of being a "poser", a "fakie", a "snake" flipping tricks and desiring high roller deals to make America "rad" again. Maybe I should be "stoked" about his insistence on a wild "wallride", but his wall could just as easily "slam", "bail" or "bomb a hill". Maybe I should be pleased that he’s his own "sponsor", but my "stance" is that his "drop-in" is "sketchy", and I’d rather not see him get any more gnarly "air" or continue his "Alley-oop"!
And that's my skater scoop!

“Skateboarder's Guide to the 2016 US Presidential Election”:…/the-skateboarders-guide-to-the-…/

May 6, 2016

March on and "Don't Stop Believin"

The time of year has come again when local marching bands are tuning up and practicing to march in the All School's Day parade! I might not think much about the upcoming parade if we didn't live on the street where the bands practice! "Left, left, left right, left...". then the drum cadence... and finally the song. "Name that marching band tune!" becomes a game! Last year the song was "Uptown Funk" which was easy to recognize, but this year while bass drummers kept a strong, left-right march beat, I strained to make sense of what I was hearing. I listened for a melody or anything familiar. It took awhile, but some sketchy lyrics came to mind: "Just a small town girl" and "on and on and on", so that's what I Googled and Bingo! the song is Journey's "Don't Stop Believin", a Journey song from 1981. And I'm feeling my age! Apparently Journey songs keep marching on!
"Just a small town girl
Living in a lonely world...
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on, and on, and on
Don't stop believin'
Hold on to the feelin'
Streetlights, people
Oh Ooooh..."

May 5, 2016

Thinking of Mom (Mother's Day comes again!)

Dad and Mom 1980s

 Mom was usually shy around the camera,
so this is a treasure! 
She was comfortable in her kitchen 
and she liked serving her family!
Mom, Grandma and I had taken a short vacation to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
I was pregnant with Tabitha, feeling hormonal and emotional.
My mom, my friend... I miss her so.

"Free As A Bird"

Psalm 55:6-8

April 13, 2016

The world is covered by our trails...

The world is covered by our trails
Scars we cover up with paint
Watch them preach in sour lies
I would rather see this world through the eyes of a child
Through the eyes of a child

Darker times will come and go
Times you need to see her smile
And mothers hands are warm and mild
I would rather feel this world through the skin of a child
Through the skin of a child

When a human strokes your skin
That is when you let them in
Let them in before they go
I would rather feel alive with a childlike soul
With a childlike soul

The Devil's Toy-1966 Canadian Skateboard Film from 1966

Skateboarding History from a Canadian film with an ominous and humorous beginning and a smooth and jazzy ending:

April 1, 2016

Ode To April Fools

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool." 

— William Shakespeare

March 28, 2016

Music Muse: Aurora sings "Warrior"

I'm reminded of Zephaniah 3:17:
"The Lord your God is in your midst:
 A Warrior who saves!
 He will renew you in His love.
 He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy!"

March 15, 2016

Right Wing rant has a way of unsettling sheep.

Christian re-constructionist Kevin Swanson says, "America needs time to repent."
 I cringe at the unorthodox notion that a nation's repentance is even possible!
Why do the scribes and Pharisees come to mind!?
Jesus died and rose from the dead not for the purpose of establishing a Christian political nation on earth, but to redeem His people for heavenly bliss.
Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life." John 5:24
Link to Kevin Swanson's confounded rant: