We Can’t Change the World.

When I was a girl, I often read biographies.  Helen Keller, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa stand out the most and I can still remember the shape and smell of those library pages and where I was when the ideas shook my little spirit from side to side, waking me up…

Mothering: True Resolve

Mothers’ Day has sneaked up on me again, almost.  I came to the end of a very intentional week with new friends over for dinner, home schooling (alas, we have found a successful rhythm!), rising early to walk and bike, trying to find the bottom of my laundry basket, fitting in moments for my vocation…

Be Faithful.

I do not want to die… until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.” —Kathe Kollwitz, 1867-1945 20th Century German Artist

In Memory of My Teacher, Pastor Danhof.

Saturday evening the water was calling me.  I packed up the boys and we drove south to a private street lined with gentle waving palms and tropical flowers that fired the air with sweetness.  We followed the scent of salt and found the ocean, surprised by the height of the waves and the calm purple…

True Life Together.

Probably one of the best statements I’ve ever read on the church and Christian community comes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. In an age where we suffer from the malady of being particularly dissatisfied with the concept of the church, this is refreshing. Not to mention very applicable to the “church” within our own marriage…

Another Cake.

We like cakes for things–birthdays and end-of-the year grade graduations and getting a cabinet maker/installer licence and wearing underwear and losing teeth and writing a book and even when the month has been so hard we can do nothing else but celebrate that God is still good. I want to teach my boys that. This cake was…

The Pottery Class Ends, the Applications Don’t…

Lars has had a long-standing dream of learning pottery. We were at an arts center several months ago for a space exhibit family day and he won a scholarship for a six-week class.  Oh how he raved about the feel of the clay in his hands, the spinning of the wheel by his foot pedal,…

Serve the Poor…Just Never Mind the Cross?

Just some rambling thoughts of mine while folding laundry and making soup today… thank God for minds that rise us above what can be mundane! I do not profess to be a theologian, but I enjoy becoming more theologically literate.  I have noticed what people believe about God determines everything about their lives.  AW Tozer…

A Tangible Grace.

I am fortunate to be able to work from home, though I have yet to see much of the actual payoff.  I am working furiously to meet a writing deadline, this week being the toughest.  I have never written and revised so much, so fast, so intensely in my life.  My boys are my background music. I…

We Adopted Three Brothers.

We had only set off with the intention of a simple family walk through our new neighborhood. Leave it to us to make even an evening stroll more complex then need be: this is after all, the hallmark of the Blycker Family, I do admit.  I have given myself over to its power as I…

Arise!

Election Night: I stayed up until the wee hours of the night, huddled in the corner of our bedroom with ethernet internet and headphones, covering the screen with a blanket and watching MSNBC Live while Benjamin slept on and I witnessed history being formed.  I have never seen such biased media coverage in my lifetime…

No Extra Legs Here.

Our room looks like a bomb went off in it, as well as the garage. I don’t have great chunks of time for unpacking and organizing.  It will come.  Ben is working through a temp agency at a cabinet shop and taking side jobs of remodel/carpentry work.  We are praying for just one year of…

Crucial Times.

The elections. We are all thinking about them and it seems like every blogger and their mother and grandmother is venting their opinion. I am torn again between being a critic and attempting to exercise discernment.  In vague terms,  I am not overly impressed with either party’s nominations in the least bit.  I had expected much more…

A Vision of Heaven.

I love the nations and long for the day when every knee will bow and tongue will confess…These words are that great sum. In a time and nation of flabergasting elections on either side, these words are the end of all the stories of all humanity: Bring us, O Lord God, at the last awakening into the…

The Gravity of Location.

  The posting below was on the blog SoulGardeners. I have thought along these lines many times, especially when I see or hear about churches trying to move out from a neighborhood that has become “run-down”. Living here in an area that has the extremes of multi-million dollar houses and immigrant apartments within miles of each…