Category Archives: love

a picture says a thousand words


a letter of love

Sweet Girl,

Do you know how much you are loved? Do you know there is  a love greater than anything you’ve ever experienced or could experience in another human being looking just for you? Did you know the Giver of this love knows you inside and out and loves you for all of you. Did you know the Giver IS Love?

When I saw you walking home in the early morning with disheveled hair and black eyeliner smudged around your barely-opened eyes in your white coat that was just long enough to cover your mini skirt and leave your panty-hose covered legs exposed to the below freezing temps, my thoughts went right to my college days. And maybe I’m projecting my poor choices on you, but somehow I think you made a poor choice the night before. Was it the good looking guy you’ve had your eye on since last semester that finally showed interest? Or did you drink enough the night before that you passed out? Cold. Perhaps you just crashed at a friend’s house and no one was able to drive you home at 8:00 in the morning. I hope it was a harmless sleepover. But I remember college. I remember.

Sweet girl, do you know how much you are loved? Do you know how beautiful you are? You, yes you were made in the image of the Creator. The God who made this entire universe, majestic mountains and rolling seas. He. Made. You. AND. He. Loves. You.  He loves everything about you and it breaks His heart when you give yourself to another. He is jealous for you. And not in an abusive boyfriend way, but in the way a parent is jealous for his child to experience all she can.

Maybe one day I will be able to tell you about the Lover that waits for you. Until then Sweet Girl, my prayers are with you.

a gift

Today truly felt like a gift from the Lord. Mr. Z is in the middle of tax season so life often seems like we are two ships passing in the night, but bring on a blizzard and bang, we get an entire day together! Granted I still worked from home, but in between answering emails and posting content on the web we shoveled out our cars, walked to the lake and to the grocery store. It was a wonderful and blessed day. Lots of laughter and love–grateful for both my earthly husband and my heavenly Husband. Here are some shots from our day.

the view out the balcony door from our living room

standing in the snow drift in the back alley of our home.

there was a fuzzy line between land and lake

people standing on the lake amidst the frozen waves

the path to home on our way back from the store

a reminder

i wore a reminder around my neck today.

two hearts, intertwined.

one heart is for the z’s and the other for our friends the c’s.

it’s to remind me how committed they are to praying for us and our marriage. i pray every couple is blessed with such a friendship. they were there with us through some really difficult times and never gave up on God for us. love you c’s.

proverbs 3:3

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

i…but i’m not a…

I’ve been thinking a lot about what defines me. As I spend time in this blog world for personal and professional reasons I see so many blog writers “specializing” and focusing on certain things. It ranges from things in which they are talented like photography or cooking to hobbies like scrapbooking, to a specific role they play in life like mommy bloggers, or even a specific season in life—the 20-something exploring life, laughter and love in the BIG city.

So I’ve been asking myself, should I focus this blog on something specific? If so, what makes me, me?

But here’s the thing:

I write. But I’m not a writer.

I photograph.  But I’m not a photographer.

I make jokes (albeit jokes that only I find funny). But I’m not a comedian.

I decorate interiors. But I’m not an interior decorator.

I rock climb. But I’m not a rock climber.

Along those lines:

I’m a wife. But if I didn’t tell you, you might not know.

I’m a sister. But if I didn’t tell you, you might not know.

I’m a daughter. But if I didn’t tell you, you might not know.

And then I thought:

I love the Lord. But if I didn’t tell you, would you know?

Do my actions speak of His love?

Does my countenance speak to the grace that He has given me?

Do my reactions show where my trust lies?

So I didn’t find the answer to my question that I hoped for. I was really hoping for some kind of epiphany in regards to some secret talent that I just barely discovered and now this hidden secret talent will be my inspiration to make this blog the blog of all blogs. Ha!

But what I did find in asking the question is where my heart really lies. No matter my interests, no matter what talents the Lord may have blessed me with, no matter what role I might play in this life God has given me, if I am not known by my love for the Lord and His love for me, none of it really matters. My talents aren’t very talented and the roles I fill will not bear fruit.

So, this blog really is just a random documentation of my life and by God’s grace, His love will shine through no matter what I’m blogging about.

Christy Nockels says it best with this song:

Brothers, let us come together

Walking in the Spirit, there’s much to be done…

We will come reaching, out from our comforts

And they will know us by our love…

Sisters, we were made for kindness

We can pierce the darkness as He shines through us…

We will come reaching, with a song of healing…

And they will know us by our love!

The time is now

Come Church arise…

Love with His hands

See with His eyes…

Bind it around you,

Let it never leave you,

And they will know us by our love…

Children, You are hope for justice,

Stand firm in the Truth now, set your hearts above

You will be reaching, long after we’re gone,

And they will know you by your love!