Cycles of Grace, A Poem

Past traumas become triggers, presenting in anger, But really are fears in disguise. Wounds become weapons in our self-protection, And harm the ones standing close by. Let’s name all our fears and entrust them to God, Ending down-spirals and strife. By actions of faith, we enter cycles of grace, And find healing and newness of…

A Love Letter from God in Our Sufferings

The night before last, I had a dream where I was placing a moon shell in my neighbor’s mailbox.  As I walked from our house to theirs at the end of our street, I was conversing with God as I went.  “Lord, why would you want me to put a seashell in the Willard’s mailbox?”…

If You Can Keep Your Head…

Our world is currently facing an unprecedented and ever-changing situation with this COVID-19 pandemic. With the extreme instability in global financial markets and millions out of work, countless people are being confronted with the anxieties associated with a global recession and a world health crisis. And all of this is on top of the everyday…

A Seed BECOMING

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the passing of our daughter, Isabella Grace, who was tragically stillborn at 36 weeks. Although we’ve honored her passing every year since her birth on January 7, 2008, this year feels more significant than all the rest.  There is a sense of completion. I am not entirely surprised by…

My Worthy Mentor

Dark and barren – spiraling alone, In trust, she sets her face like a flint. Beholding fire of another stone, She receives of his shining imprint. Shekinah glory upon on her face, She rises to impart what’s gathered. Brave and confident, she takes her place. Traveling light, she’s never tattered. Her gravity’s known throughout the…

To Anoint a King

To Anoint a King- (My Prayer for the People) By Kerry Hasenbalg The trees went out to anoint a king over them, and they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us.’ Judges 9:8 Like trees of the field, We long for a king, To bind up the wounds on our broken wings. Restorer of…

Truth in Love

“Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to BECOME in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Ephesians 4:15 “I like this Nutmeg Shell because it speaks to me of truth in love. said our son, Cole, at age 12. Granted, this conversation was happening because, at…

BECOMING His Future Self

“A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.” Proverbs 10:1 On February 12, 2013, exactly 6 years ago today, our then 10-year-old son, Cole wrote a letter to his “future self,” to be delivered to him exactly 6 years in the future. That letter arrived today, February…

Shell Seeker – Art and Prophecy

On rare occasions, it seems to me, God will allow someone who doesn’t yet know you, to see you for who you truly are in God. To really see you in your own BECOMING.  And when this happens, it is God alone who gets the glory, because it isn’t something “known” to them. Although, it…

Re-Treating Fragments

“God, pick up the pieces, and put me back together again.” Jer. 17:13 Mommy, I love when glass breaks and you just re-treat it,” remarked five-year-old, Annika, in witnessing my reaction to the accidental shattering of one of my new hand-blown wine glasses. There was a great deal of irony surrounding this particular glass-breaking incident…