Category: Simply Soul Searching Blogs

WALKING GENTLY UPON THE EARTH

This morning I began a new game while walking at Valley Park, a little challenge for myself. When I came upon a rabbit nibbling clover near my path, I tried to walk past without disturbing it. Then, down near the pond, I did the… Continue Reading “WALKING GENTLY UPON THE EARTH”

WHAT DO I (REALLY) NEED?

We have had a delightful summer of fun getaways and regular responsibilities, but these middle weeks of July had remained relatively unscheduled. I happily anticipated using this time to focus on my writing projects, with plenty of uninterrupted hours for reflection and serious effort.… Continue Reading “WHAT DO I (REALLY) NEED?”

WHILE WE WAIT

I was well prepared to wait for my oil change and vehicle inspection – I had my cell phone and a good book to help pass the time. But my attention was drawn to an adorable little boy and his mom who were waiting… Continue Reading “WHILE WE WAIT”

OF PIONEERS AND PURPOSES

(This is the last day of Sarah E. Westfall’s Instagram challenge, #liturgyofthesmallthings. Her invitation is to find reasons for hope in our everyday lives.) When I am hiking on wooded trails, I often imagine the pioneers who had to forge their own paths as… Continue Reading “OF PIONEERS AND PURPOSES”

FINDING CONTRASTS AND COMFORT

(This is the third post inspired by Sarah E. Westfall’s #liturgyofthelittlethings on Instagram. Sarah invites us to notice the smaller moments of hope in our everyday lives.) I could not help but notice the dramatic sky on my morning walk today! The contrast of… Continue Reading “FINDING CONTRASTS AND COMFORT”

FINDING REASSURANCE AND RESPITE

Today is my second day of following the prompt, #liturgyofthelittlethings by Sarah E. Westfall. She describes this prompt on Instagram: “Liturgy of the Little Things is not a hunt for silver linings or a way to mask the pain or turn our heads from… Continue Reading “FINDING REASSURANCE AND RESPITE”

FINDING WHIMSY AND WISDOM

(Today I am sharing an Instagram post for the prompt, #liturgyofthelittlethings. Thank you, @sarah_westfall for the prompt! We are invited to capture small moments that bring happiness.) My happiness moment for today was a bit of whimsy along the trail at the city park… Continue Reading “FINDING WHIMSY AND WISDOM”

YOU ARE SEEN

This past weekend, Jim and I came up to visit my mom and take her to a special family event. We were excited to see her – and to help my sister, who usually is the one to care for her. Mom is nearing… Continue Reading “YOU ARE SEEN”

MAY YOU KNOW THIS…

A BLESSING FOR THIS TIME May you know this… Your quiet sobs are echoing with the sobs of all who despairin a resounding cry for justice. Your many tears are joining with the tears of all who weepinto an overflowing river of compassion. Your… Continue Reading “MAY YOU KNOW THIS…”

REROUTING

This morning I walked at a city park a few miles from home, wondering if this will become the new place for my daily hikes… You may know that I have had a favorite place along my regular walking route, an open field in… Continue Reading “REROUTING”