PLACE: Five Minute Friday

It's Friday! Happy weekend to all. :-)   Once again I'm participating in Five Minute Friday—a free-writing exercise to see where the mind takes me . . . and then linking it up with other courageous souls. You'd think this week's word would take me in a different direction, considering the name of this blog. But it didn't.     START   For some reason, when I think of “placing” something, it comes with a sense of intentionality, gentleness, perhaps even reverence.   Place a ring on a bride’s (or groom’s) finger   Place a kiss on the forehead of a sleeping baby.   Place a blanket over a squirming toddler.   Place a bulb in the garden—with hope of beauty in the ... Keep Reading...

Seriously, God . . . WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

It was an unexpected question—and one for which I had no immediate answer. Interestingly, the question referred to my quiet time with God.   When you're not in "agenda" / get-things-done mode, how does the conversation go?   Hmmm . . .   You mean when I'm not asking God for something—or checking off a list of praises? When I'm *trying* to be still . . . but my mind is anything but?   How does the conversation go THEN?   If I'm not talking, am I listening?   And if God's not saying anything, what am I doing?   And then it came to mind . . . ... Keep Reading...

TRY: Five Minute Friday

Friday again? So soon? Yep, the weekend is here again . . . and it's time for another 5-minute, free-writing exercise to share at Five Minute Friday.   This one challenged me.     START   What’s tugging on your heart today? What are you thinking you should —could—do but aren’t doing? What’s the next step you could take in your faith journey but are hesitant?   What are you afraid of? ... Keep Reading...

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Meals for Stressful Times

Two men stood chatting at the nursery window, one a stranger admiring our friend's new grandson. As they spoke, the father of the baby walked up and said, We have two more just like him in the NICU.   That's right.   Triplets. Sixty little fingers and toes!   All boys. 💙 💙 💙 ... Keep Reading...

INSPIRE: Five Minute Friday

Sometimes inspiration is a problem for me. There's simply too much of it!   I've been known to create entire tablescapes based on no more than a combination of colors—or a single flower. Sometimes it's a one-off phrase or quote that becomes a blog post.   in·spire inˈspī(ə)r/ verb fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative breathe in (air); inhale   Perhaps because I'm so easily inspired myself, it comes naturally for me to (at least attempt to) creatively inspire others. That first, most common, definition of "inspire" is a no-brainer.   But the second one? Seems easy, yes?  Not always. I had to work on that one this week. ... Keep Reading...

COLLECT: Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday. Time to free-write again to develop better writing discipline.  The word prompt for today is COLLECT. Here goes . . .   FIVE MINUTES ... Keep Reading...

Is Blogging a Form of Narcissism? Should I quit?

I’ve thought about quitting. This blog — just quitting. This week marks 7 years since My Place to Yours made its foray into Blogland. Perhaps it’s the “perfect” time to quit.   But honestly? I don’t want to quit. I love my time here; there just hasn’t been enough of it lately.   But those voices . . . They just won’t go away.  ... Keep Reading...

COMFORT: Five Minute Friday

This is a first for me. For years I've watched Five Minute Friday with interest. It's a creative, "stream of thought" writing exercise that begins with a word-prompt. You just set a timer and write for five minutes. No editing. No cheating.   Many times I've thought,   I should try that someday.   "Someday" finally arrived this morning.   Yes, I realize today is Saturday, but . . .  I'm going to participate in this exercise and see where it takes me. Hopefully I'll get in the habit of doing it weekly.   FIVE MINUTES ... Keep Reading...

Our Illuminating Adventure

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)   When I read this, my eyes saw, "But if we walk TO the light...".    That's what I needed to see.   In this season of being still but hearing no answers, having no direction, I needed to be reminded that what may feel like a bit of darkness doesn't have to be.   Life doesn't get darker if I keep walking toward the Light.   If I keep turning my face from the shadows to the face of Christ in all His glory, my path (though I don't yet recognize its destination) will be illuminated and safe.   Renaissance Man and I are on an adventure. December ... Keep Reading...

Breaking Free from a Blogging Funk

Gee . . . I've sure missed meeting you here.   I just haven't been able to "get my blog on" lately. Too much — and not enough — going on.   But today is the perfect time to say Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans. There is so much for which to be thankful, and being silent about that simply is not an option.   When last we met, I told you about a long-awaited dream come true and the dedication of Mossy Creek Station, a festival park in my small town's historic district. Step One in revitalizing our once-bustling downtown.   In the last two months, the park's been hopping with "first time ever" events.       And today we hosted the first 4th of July Celebration ... Keep Reading...

PROGRESS DOESN’T NEED TO ERASE HISTORY: Long-awaited dream come true

When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our father did for us.' John Ruskin 19th century art critic, social thinker, and philanthropist:     So began the public overview of a project a lot of people have been working on for a long time; some of them years longer than me . . .   Some of you long-time readers will remember me telling you about A New Day in ... Keep Reading...

NAKED CAKE — for a church baby shower? Yes, please!

Hello, Friends!   It's been a whirlwind since we last met here, but I'm stopping in for a minute to say "hello" and share a few quick pretties with you.   Today's inspiration began with nursery bedding chosen by our pastor and his wife for their first baby.     When asked to decorate for the church shower, I almost laughed. After all, my pretties are in storage as we continue our house-building adventure.   But when I learned the Mommy-to-be had chosen a woodland theme, I knew I was in luck! ... Keep Reading...