Finally Free – Part 2 (3 words – 2/7/16)

A few familiar faces were in the crowd, but I couldn’t find the one I had prayed for, the one that filled my dreams. I slowly let the voices around me seep into my consciousness. At first all I could distinguish was the urgency with which they spoke. I only cared that I was free,... Continue Reading →


Finally Free (3 words – 2/6/16)

  I was overwhelmed with pain as my lungs expanded and filled with the fresh air. I had been breathing that stale, putrid air for far too long. I knew it would take time to clear my body and mind of all that I had endured. I had anticipated the process, but had never imagined... Continue Reading →


  The wind blew with a surprising gentleness, the sides of the tent barely moving despite the lack of protection from the elements. Slowly stretching he rolled over and brushed the hair from her cheek. She inhaled deeply, snuggling deeper in her sleeping bag. Rising silently he exited the tent. Not stepping far from her,... Continue Reading →

And so I trusted…

Years lost to broken promises. Rare trust in anyone's words, deeds. And then we met and the walls fell. Threw myself into you, the abyss. Warnings from you, but I trusted. Believed in you, your brokenness. My heart cracked open. I waited. "Not now," you said. "I cherish you," you said. I chose to wait... Continue Reading →


I've long feared you Your acid tongue Your horrid actions You shaped me into A fearful woman Cringing from my past Never feeling whole Never feeling protected Never feeling loved As I grew, I rebelled My tongue grew acidic Yet my heart was raw Somehow knowing I was strong Despite your words Somehow believing I... Continue Reading →


A year ago a fragile heart was busted open. Shattered. Words that seemed real were only lies. Exaggerations. Protective walls, then all that remained was rubble. Dust. A tarnished angel appeared bringing blessings. Dreams. Without intent a new world opened. Blossomed. Immeasurable changes caused by openness and honesty. Necessity. A beautiful new perspective with a lighter step and smiles. Happiness. Loneliness creeps in,... Continue Reading →


I have been repeatedly reminded in the past weeks that God DOES answer my prayers. It may not be the moment I ask/beg/plead, but God does come through. I need to remember the blessings and not what I perceive to be the deficiencies. I need to be patient because I have often been blessed with... Continue Reading →

The Ring

A cool breeze blew in from across the lake scattering the last pieces of the shredded letter across the table. Berating myself for not throwing everything away after my frustration last night, I began to gather the pieces. Crouching under the table to retrieve some of the pieces I found a ring sticking out from... Continue Reading →

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