Musings from a promise-collector

Archive for April, 2011

Birds of Tennessee


This winter and spring I have noticed many differences and similarities in the birds between Illinois and Tennessee. The two states have many birds in common, including the Cardnial, Bluejay, Robin, Mourning Dove, Goldfinches, and many other small Finches.

Goldfinch (Photo Source)

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A Beautiful Scandalous Night


For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. -1 Peter 1:18-21 (more…)

Eliana’s Tote


After posting the blog about the tote that I made, I received an email from a friend asking me to make a smaller version for her little girl. After getting Eliana’s color preferences, I came up with a plan. I gathered some pink material, pink paint, and the canvas for the bag.

This is Eliana’s tote:

Promises, Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises…leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Chinese Chicken Bake


This is one of those recipes that I found on a box somewhere – but I have no idea what box it came from. The picture looked good, so I decided to try it. And it is delicious! I have made it quite a few times, and it never disappoints. (more…)

We Have This Treasure… on Cardboard


A church here in Knoxville recently did something very profoundly simple in one of their services. It is simply beautiful. I can barely watch the video of it without crying. It is an incredibly powerful testimony to the redeeming work of Jesus.

2 Corinthians 4 – 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (more…)

March 2011 Ministry Update


Happy spring! I hope that March entered like a lamb and left like a lamb for you. I love the newness of spring – it reminds me of how Jesus takes the dry, broken places in our lives and makes something beautiful out of it, like a well-watered garden. Here is my update for March (click on the picture to enlarge it for easier reading): (more…)

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