From the heart...


It was a February over twenty years ago that we'd taken stacks of homemade valentines to deliver to the elderly. Physically and mentally disabled, she sat in a wheelchair in the nursing home hallway and repeatedly sang the only words she could remember to a tune of her own.

"I love the Lord and the Lord loves me."

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart 
and with all your soul 
and with all your mind 
and with all your strength. 
~ Mark 12:30 ESV


It's been a difficult winter for my friend's elderly mother. She's frail and weak and disoriented and confused.

She holds her daughter's hand, speaking words sweet and lovely, but forgets who she is or how to brush her teeth.

"How can that be?" My friend wonders.

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, 
and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, 
for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 
~ Luke 6:45 ESV

And I remember the lady in the wheelchair those many years ago, and how she sang love from her heart.

"Because brushing teeth takes work and thought, but love is from the heart." I tell my friend."
"The true nature of people's hearts can often be seen when they speak off-the-cuff, without reflection." ~ ESV Study Bible


Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. 
~ Proverbs 4:23 ESV

Five weeks old

Photos-splashes of winter color from Pollywog Creek and five week old Addisyn with her adoring Aunt Emily.